NSN sells fixed broadband access unit

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No price quoted as US company Adtran buys fixed line broadband access unit in NSN move to wireless

Nokia Siemens Networks is to sell its fixed broadband access business to US group Adtran in the latest phase of its concentration on the wireless market.
The deal — for which no price has been given — will include 400 NSN employees, including engineering, R&D, sales and professional services employees, and includes NSN’s associated professional services and network management solutions as will as intellectual properties, technologies and the established customer base.
Adtran says the deal is expected to close by the end of April 2012, though NSN has to consult with employees’ representatives in certain countries first and will need other approvals.
Nasdaq-quoted Adtran is based in Alabama and is 26 years old. Its revenue in 2010 was $606 million.
Tom Stanton, CEO of Adtran, said “Nokia Siemens Networks’ long standing customer relationships, combined with Adtran’s long term focus and financial strength, make this a very favorable outcome for customers, employees and shareholders.”
Marc Rouanne, head of mobile broadband at Nokia Siemens Networks, said: “The planned sale is in line with our new strategy to increase our focus on the mobile broadband and services market.” GTB

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