Nokia beefs up network strength with two acquisitions

Nokia beefs up network strength with two acquisitions

03 JUL 2014

Nokia Networks announced two deals that will bolster the network implementation services it offers customers, with the US a particular area of focus.

The acquisition of SAC Wireless, an infrastructure and network deployment solutions vendor based in Illinois, is touted as complementing Nokia’s in-house expertise in the US and bringing “clear revenue synergies”.

Nokia said the addition of SAC should also allow it to address the complexities that often hinder rollouts “head-on”.

No financial details were given for the transaction, which is expected to close in the third quarter of the year, subject to regulatory approval.

Nokia also announced the acquisition of advanced geolocation capabilities from Israel’s NICE Systems, to help with the planning and optimisation of mobile networks. The deal gives the infrastructure vendor access to tools, technical expertise and the rights to develop the technology further. Again, no price was disclosed.

The technology uses 3D modelling to provide more accurate data in performance of multivendor networks. Nokia said the technology “helps to provide deep insight into traffic trends and the performance of mobile broadband networks”.

Dennis Lorenzin, head of network planning and optimisation at the Global Services business unit of Nokia Networks, said more accurate 3D geolocation services are essential to cope with the evolution of small cells and LTE.

The network vendor also plans to build a competence centre in Israel to develop its portfolio for 3D modelling.

Nokia outlined its vision “to be a leader in technologies important in a connected world” when it named former NSN CEO Rajeev Suri as CEO in April. The appointment followed the completion of the sale of the bulk of the company’s Devices and Services unit to Microsoft.

One of Nokia’s first moves following Suri’s appointment was to launch a dedicated security unit as part of its mobile broadband division. The company said the unit would ensure new products have security “baked in” and that it wants to develop operator business models around security and make it a “positive differentiator”.

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