Nokia Networks, the network implementation arm of Nokia has announced that it will buy SAC wireless, a provider of infrastructure and network deployment solutions in US market. This will help Nokia to boost its presence in network implementation services in US. SAC wireless will bring national footprint and proven performance track record working with major telecom operators with itself. The deal transaction will close on Q3 2014.
“This acquisition builds on our existing strengths and continued investment in our customers’ success. Once the transaction has been completed, it will help us increase market share in the network implementation space,” said Ricky Corker, executive vice president of North America for Nokia Networks. “With SAC Wireless’ capabilities complementing our own in-house expertise, we are well positioned to bring enhanced quality and increased end-to-end delivery efficiency to our customers. No other infrastructure provider is offering this level of proven services.”
Complexities surrounding site acquisition, permitting, sub-contractor availability, and quality often hinder network rollout and time to market. As a result, operators want more direct control over their network deployments. Through this acquisition, Nokia Networks addresses these challenges head-on. SAC Wireless’ resources, including approximately 450 employees, and proven expertise complement Nokia Networks’ in-house capabilities to self-perform typically sub-contracted services.
There were some rumors earlier about Nokia planning to acquire Alcatel, but seems Nokia’s strategy is to acquire smaller entities to boost its competitive advantage. It has similarly acquired Desti and Medio for its HERE business recently.