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Nokia Siemens to Acquire Motorola Infrastructure Assets for $1.2 Billion

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WASHINGTON July 19, 2010 – Nokia Siemens is set to acquire Motorola’s network infrastructure assets for $1.2 billion in cash. The firms will finalize the deal by the end of the year. With the purchase Nokia Siemens will become the “#3 wireless infrastructure vendor in the United States, the #1 foreign wireless vendor in Japan, and strengthen its current #2 position in the global infrastructure segment”.

The acquisition will give Nokia Siemens access to GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, WiMax, and LTE technologies. Currently Motorola is the leader in WiMax with 41 contracts in 21 countries. It also holds contracts in 22 countries for CDMA and  GSM contracts in 66 countries.

“Verizon views today’s announcement as good news for the global wireless industry,” said Richard J. Lynch, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Verizon.  “This deal brings together two important Verizon suppliers; we look forward to our continuing work with Nokia Siemens Networks.

“As customers look to transition from CDMA networks to next generation technologies, the addition of the Motorola wireless network infrastructure business is targeted to ensure that we are well placed to meet those needs,” said Bosco Novak, head of Customer Operations at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Together, we will utilize the combined strength of Nokia Siemens Networks’ TD-LTE solutions and Motorola’s WiMAX and LTE businesses, to better meet customers’ evolving technology and business needs.”

Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for BroadbandBreakfast.com since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

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