As is well known, Apple's map technology stinks. Once Nokia is truly out of the device business, Apple will simply license map technology from Nokia's "Here" division.
I suppose there could be "something contractual," but would it have made sense for Nokia to have fought so hard to keep HERE only to make it impotent contractually?
I don't think so :)
No clear and present 'danger' to Nokia India staff
NEW DELHI: Clear and transparent communication from the top levels of both companies, post the September 2 announcement of Microsoft's intent to buy Nokia's handset business, helped allay fears and uncertainty among the Finnish device maker's staff and customers in India.
"(Nokia's) Stephen Elop and (Microsoft's) Steve Ballmer's communication on how it was a win-win deal for both the companies and how we all had to continue focusing on our work was very clear. We were told the exact position in as many words and given a set of dos and don'ts," P Balaji, Nokia's India head told ET.
Breaking his silence on how Nokia's employees and partners took to the $7.2-billion deal news, Balaji said it was a critical moment for the entire team but the anxiety among employees and partners that logically followed the announcement was soon put to rest. "We were told that the likely regulatory approvals would come in the following quarters into 2014, and among the 'don'ts', we had been asked to not start to think too much ahead of the time and to continue working as two separate units until the approvals came in," he said. The companies expect the deal to close in the first quarter of 2014.
"There was no mixing up, and no, thankfully no confusion," Balaji said. The company spent the following days on reaching out to its partners. 'We reached out to our partners — over 400 in distribution and close to 5,000 partners — and explained the details of the deal and how it was only for the better," Balaji said, explaining how the company was able to allay concerns and ensure handset sales weren't hurt by the news.
Himanshu Chakravarti, chief executive of The Mobile Store, India's largest modern trade mobile phone seller, separately said he saw the announcement early morning, and soon after, received a call from the top management of Nokia India to explain to him the contours of the deal and how supply won't be affected at all. "I was satisfied."
Nokia has long slipped from its leadership position in the Indian market, as global rivals Samsung, Apple and Sony and home grown players such as Micromax sped past it. However, piggybacking on its Lumia range of phones, Nokia's sales have picked up in recent times. It managed to retain its market share in the July-September period after witnessing a sharp fall in the fourth quarter last year, according to IDC.
Vipul Mehrotra, a 16-year veteran at Nokia and currently the company's director and head of smart devices for India, Middle East and Africa, described the Microsoft deal as "an emotional moment".
"I was at Riyadh and a day before the announcement, the news was broken to us. I had to meet a team from Microsoft the next day and my mind was flooded with a number of questions, especially on how I would explain this to my team," Mehrotra said.
"In the next six weeks we were able to ensure that there was no loss of sales," he said. He added that both companies continue to function as two separate independent units until the integration is complete. An impediment to the smooth integration of the two companies in India was removed when the Delhi High Court last week allowed Nokia to sell its Chennai factory to Microsoft, asking income-tax authorities to revoke the freeze on the handset maker's assets.
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Finland's Elisa Gets 300Mbsp Download Speeds Out of an LTE-A Network
Published on: 11th Feb 2014
Finnish mobile network operator, Elisa has carried out LTE-A tests that demonstrated peak download speeds of up to 300Mbps over live network.
The tests were carried out with equipment from NSN and Broadcom.
The end-to-end test was completed on Elisa's commercial LTE network in Finland with Broadcom's LTE-A Cat 6 technology using inter-band carrier aggregation and NSN's Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station. The test was performed by aggregating two 20 MHz channels in the 1800 MHz band (LTE Band 3) and the 2600 MHz band (LTE Band 7) to reach speeds of 300 Mbps.
"This live network demonstration with 300 Mbps mobile data speed is a great example of possibilities of the mobile technology. It's a major step towards delivering the best possible experience to our customers. In addition to the extremely high maximum data speeds, it will also offer much more capacity for mobile broadband customers," said Dr Eetu Prieur, Head of Access Networks from Elisa.
Just a few weeks ago Elisa awarded a contract to NSN to be the sole supplier of its LTE network rollout over the next five years.
VODAFONE GROUP : NSN Signs 5 Year Network Upgrade Pact With Vodafone
02/26/2014 | 07:21am US/Eastern
By Dominic Chopping
Network equipment vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks said Wednesday it has been awarded a five-year network upgrade contract with Vodafone PLC. NSN will modernize and expand its existing radio network.
Ericsson and NSN Win Saudi Network Upgrade Contracts
Published on: 28th Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Saudi Arabia's Etihad Etisalat Mobily says that it has secured two export guarantees worth SAR 2.1 billion US$560 million to support purchases of network equipment from Ericsson and NSN.
In a stock market filing, Mobily said that it had signed two ECA financing agreements, with the Swedish Export Credits Guarantee Board (EKN) for SAR1.05 billion and the official Export Credit Agency of Finland (Finnvera), also for SAR 1.05 billion.
The tenor of both facilities is 10 years, and shall be utilized over a period of 1.5 years. Both loans will be repaid in 17 semi-annual equal installments, and have been priced at a fixed rate of 2.4% per annum. The financing is being arranged on Shariah-compliant basis.
NSN has already confirmed that it was a recipient of the vendor financing guarantees, although Ericsson hasn't said anything yet.
I imagine MSFT really does not want the India plant. Too easy to have phones built in Asia by multiple outsourcers, and who needs the hassle that India is proving to be?
The Supreme Court today said that it wants to find some sort of an amicable solution that is acceptable to both Nokia and the Income Tax (I-T) department and that it wants to protect the interests of both the parties. For this, Nokia has been asked to submit a report of valuation of its India entities because the Supreme Court wants to make sure that even after the Microsoft deal goes through , there is sufficient amount that can secure the interests of the I-T department. Once Nokia comes back with the valuations, an upfront amount they said approximately would be in the range of Rs 2700-3000 crore for its India operations, a view is going to be taken up by the Supreme Court. The I-T department reiterated that there is at least tax liability of Rs 10000 crore against Nokia and that the company must be asked to submit a bank guarantee and not just an undertaking. It also wanted Nokia Finland to submit an assurance. To which the Supreme Court said that Nokia Finland, which is a holding company cannot be forced to protect the interest of the subsidiary. The apex court also pointed out that Rs 3500 crore, which was paid by Nokia India to Nokia Finland by way of dividends cannot be brought back simply because it is the right of the subsidiary to pay dividend to the holding company. RELATED NEWS
From one of the India tax articles:
"Nokia counsel said that the Microsoft global deal will be closed within 20 days. Even some bureaucratic hitches in China have been resolved. If the deal is stuck in India, it will go without Chennai plant manufacturing handset for the Finnish parent."