Nokia and Siemens connect in Barcelona
New vendor brand unveiled with view to being strong no. 3.
Nokia and Siemens have announced that the planned merger of their network businesses is on course to close by the end of first quarter 2007.
The confirmation came at this year's 3GSM World Congress event where the 50:50 joint venture officially unveiled its branding campaign and brand name: Nokia Siemens Networks. The vendor's proposed portfolio plan encompasses six business units: Radio Access; Service Core and Applications; Operation Support Systems; Broadband Access; IP/Transport; and Services.
CEO designate, Simon Beresford-Wylie, also announced the signing of a MoU with NEC Corporation, which will see the two enterprises co-operate in the realm of WCDMA radio network technology. NEC will provide Nokia Siemens Networks support for the development of its WCDMA radio access installed base and will aid the telecommunications vendor in the enhancement in other 3G technology areas.
Speaking at 3GSM, Beresford-Wylie stressed the importance of consolidation in the vendor industry in order to drive towards the ambitious goal of 5 billion ‘always on' broadband users connected by 2015.
"In 2015, we will live in a broadband-IP world, in which 5 billion people in practice will be always on, connected to the internet, rich content, services and each other. While Nokia Siemens Networks will have the scale to compete, we know that is just a starting point," he said.
Nokia Siemens Networks predicts it will be the second largest company in mobile infrastructure, the second largest in services, the third in fixed infrastructure and, overall, the third largest vendor in the global market - behind Alcatel-Lucent in first place and Ericsson-Marconi in second.