NSN to Buy Moto's Wireless Biz for $1.2B

In a deal that's been widely anticipated during the past few days, Nokia Networks (NSN) has agreed to buy most of Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT)'s wireless infrastructure business for $1.2 billion in cash.

Specifically, NSN will acquire the business associated with Motorola's GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, WiMax, and Long Term Evolution (LTE) products and services. Motorola will keep its iDEN business, and other selected assets, as well as "substantially all the patents" related to the wireless network infrastructure business.

The deal, which was first rumored last week, will give Nokia Siemens a stronger presence in the US and Japan, as well as stronger positions at certain operator customers, including China Mobile Communications Corp. , Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR), KDDI Corp. , Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), Verizon Wireless , and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD). (See Rumor: NSN Wants a Piece of Motorola.)

NSN says the deal will give it "incumbent relationships with more than 50 operators" globally.

About 7,500 employees will transfer to NSN when the deal is completed, as well as research and development sites in the US, China, and India.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2010.

If the deal closes successfully, it will give NSN the extra market muscle in the US that it's been craving. Previously, NSN tried to bolster its North American presence by acquiring assets from Nortel Networks Ltd. , but was outbid in two separate auctions. (See NSN Hopes Dashed as Ciena/Nortel Deal OK'd and Ericsson Delivers Knockout Blow to NSN.)

This time, NSN will be hoping for a clear run and a successful conclusion. (See Reader Poll: NSN's Best US Fit.)

Look out for further Light Reading coverage of this deal and its implications for the market.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

digits 12/5/2012 | 4:29:39 PM
re: NSN to Buy Moto's Wireless Biz for $1.2B

Checking in on the conf call today about this deal was like taking a trip back to the 1970s.... the 'on hold' music was keyboard pop jazz funk medley material at its very worst.

All that was needed was for Huggy Bear to host the call and we'd have been right back into the decade of flared jeans, David Cassidy t-shirts, and the original Daisy Duke.

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