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Nokia to acquire Finnish telecoms software firm Comptel for $370 million

"(Comptel) could seriously weaken Nokia's network sales," said Mika Metsala, analyst at FIM brokerage.

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Finnish telecoms equipment maker Nokia said on Thursday it is seeking to buy local company Comptel for 347 million euros ($370 million), as mobile operators increasingly rely on software to make their networks more intelligent. Nokia and its rivals, Sweden’s Ericsson and China’s Huawei have struggled recently as demand for faster 4G mobile broadband equipment has peaked and the move to the next-generation 5G networks are still years away.

At the same time, these traditional suppliers of mobile network hardware face challenges from new virtualisation products which rely on software instead to deliver an increasing number of communications features. Comptel, a smaller rival to Amdocs, Convergys and Radcom, made 100 million euros of sales last year with software that helps telecom operators to manage and control their services and networks.

“The planned acquisition is part of Nokia’s strategy to build a standalone software business at scale by expanding and strengthening its software portfolio and go-to-market capabilities with additional sales capacity and a strategic partner network,” it said in a statement.

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One analyst believed that Nokia was buying out a potential threat to its own business as Comptel has recently launched a virtualisation product which makes some network hardware equipment obsolete, and added that Comptel could therefore attract rival bids.

“(Comptel) could seriously weaken Nokia’s network sales,” said Mika Metsala, analyst at FIM brokerage. “This is becoming a software business. Like in many businesses, additional value will be created through software, not hardware.” The cash offer, 3.04 euros per share, represents a premium of 29 per cent compared with Comptel’s last closing price. Comptel’s share price jumped to 3.06 euros, just above the offer price, suggesting some investors expect a higher bid, while Nokia’s share price was up 1 percent at 4.59 euros by 0945 GMT.

“Even traditional software companies could be interested in the virtual networks, so there’s plenty of potential buyers out there,” Metsala said. Comptel’s board of directors, and shareholders that hold about 48 per cent of the shares, backed the offer.

Last year, Nokia bought Franco-American network maker Alcatel-Lucent in a 15.6 billion-euro all-share deal to broaden its product portfolio, and is now cutting thousands of jobs as it seeks to reduce costs. Nokia earlier this month reported 27 per cent fall in its quarterly earnings and said it expected the value of the global networks market to fall by around 2 per cent this year.

First published on: 09-02-2017 at 04:41:01 pm
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