Eurocomms – Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent in advanced merger talks
Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of Northstream, said the merger would put pressure on rival vendors Ericsson and Huawei as the market gained another major infrastructure player.
Nordstrom said: “Nokia’s potential acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent would change the dynamics of the infrastructure space. Simply buying a part of AlcaLu wouldn’t impact the market nearly as dramatically as acquiring the whole company.
“At a stroke, the infrastructure market would expand from two big players – Ericsson and Huawei – to three. A potential acquisition would give Nokia a company whose products very much complement its own current portfolio. Ericsson in particular would face a strong competitor, both geographically and on the product side.”