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Ericsson to buy Nortel's network division for 795 million euros

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Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson is set to pay 795 million euros to buy the network division of Canada's now defunct Nortel. The company said the acquisition will have a positive impact on earnings within a year after closing.


AFP - Swedish telecoms manufacturer Ericsson said Saturday it is buying a North American chunk of Canada's failed Nortel Networks for 1.13 billion dollars (795 million euros).

In a statement, Ericsson said it will take over the carrier networks division of Nortel relating to CDMA and LTE techology in North America -- a deal that includes contracts with the likes of Verizon and Bell Canada.

CDMA is a mobile phone standard widely used in North America, where the global GSM standard is less commonplace. LTE is a next-generation standard for bigger and faster mobile phone networks.

The acquisition -- at a firesale auction of Nortel assets in New York on Friday -- will make North America the biggest region within Ericsson, which last year reported sales there of 2.7 billion dollars.

"The transaction is expected to have a positive effect on Ericsson's earnings within a year after closing," the company said.

Once Canada's largest company, Nortel has been struggling since the collapse. It filed for bankruptcy protection in both the United States and Canada in January as it faced 107 million dollars in interest on its debt.

In June, it had announced an agreement to sell most of its wireless business to Nokia Siemens Networks for 650 million dollars, before a court order was issued for the assets to be auctioned instead.

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