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Speed and more speed is the key to integrating Nokia with Siemens

01 February 2008

It's nearly a year since the networks operations of Nokia and Siemens came together, and the company has had to move faster than it expected, says CEO Simon Beresford-Wylie. Its heart remains in Finland and Germany, but increasingly the business is in Asia, he tells Alan Burkitt-Gray

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The merger in 2007 between Nokia Networks and the network communications division of Siemens took longer than expected to get started but now, says the CEO, it's moving faster than planned.
The creation of Nokia Siemens Networks, announced in the middle of 2006, was due to be formalised from January 2007. It wasn't, leaving Simon Beresford-Wylie hosting a booth and both customer and press events at 3GSM in Barcelona the following month as a CEO-designate, still not an official CEO, of a merged company still not officially in existence.
The not-quite-ready Nokia Siemens Networks was able to give an indication of its future product strategy at the February 2007 event.
That changed from April 2007, after Nokia had satisfied itself about the problems that were emerging from the long-running corruption scandal in Siemens....