Nokia Siemens to sell optical networks unit
December 3, 2012 9:00 PM EST
Mobile telecoms equipment maker Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) said on Monday it is to sell its optical fiber networks unit to Marlin Equity Partners.
NSN didn't give any financial details for the sale but said it would be completed in the first quarter of next year.
Nokia Siemens Networks, which competes with Ericsson, Huawei and Alcatel Lucent, is undertaking a cost-cutting plan, which includes laying off a quarter of its staff and selling product lines to focus on mobile broadband.
The joint venture between Nokia Oyj and Siemens AG has been a drain on profits for owners Nokia and Siemens but it reported record profits in the third quarter, helped by sales of equipment for fourth-generation high-speed LTE networks in Japan and Korea.
The restructuring is expected to result in 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) of cost savings by the end of next year. ($1=0.7689 euros)
(Reporting by Harro ten Wold; Editing by Greg Mahlich)