Nokia Buys Chunk Of Panasonic's Network Biz

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 01, 2014

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Finnish firm Nokia will buy part of Panasonic’s network business to grow its operations in Japan and strengthen the mobile broadband portfolio for an undisclosed amount, according to reports. Through this acquisition, Nokia aims to reinforce and further improve efficiency and quality control for product development and R&D.

“Nokia Networks has entered into a memorandum of understanding to acquire part of the wireless networks business of Panasonic System Networks Company Ltd,” Nokia said in a statement. The agreement covers Panasonic’s mobile phone (LTE/3G) wireless base station system business for mobile operators and related wireless equipment system business, it said in the statement.

As part of the deal, fixed assets and business contracts with Panasonic’s customers are being transferred to Nokia Networks in Japan, including Panasonic employees involved in the business.

“Japan is a key market for us, and this agreement is a major milestone in forging closer ties in Japan. The acquisition of part of Panasonic’s wireless network business would further strengthen our mobile broadband portfolio and add significant value for Japanese operators,” said Ashish Chowdhary, Nokia Networks Executive Vice-President (AMEA).

It will also help strengthen Nokia’s market share for base station systems and related wireless equipment in Japan, he added.

In addition, Nokia Networks plans to leverage its extensive global experience and technical leadership in mobile broadband to grow its business in the acquired domestic carrier segment globally, the company said.

The two firms plan to conclude the agreement by the end of September, with expected closure scheduled beginning of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.