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  • Marijan Hassan - Tech Journalist

Nokia bolsters optical networking with $2.3 billion Infinera acquisition


Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia announced on June 28th the acquisition of American optical networking company Infinera for $2.3 billion. This strategic move strengthens Nokia's position in the growing fiber optics market, particularly in North America.



The deal involves a combination of cash and stock, with at least 70% of the payment coming from Nokia's pockets. The remaining portion will be fulfilled through Nokia shares. This acquisition is expected to close in the first half of 2025, subject to regulatory and shareholder approval.


Infinera, headquartered in California, specializes in optical networking equipment for data centers, carriers, and enterprises. Their strong presence in North America complements Nokia's existing dominance in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. This combined geographical footprint positions Nokia as a major player in the global optical networking landscape.


The acquisition is driven by the surging demand for high-speed data transmission following the proliferation of cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Nokia's move will allow the company to sell more equipment to big tech companies such as Amazon, Alphabet, and Microsoft as they invest billions of dollars in building new data centers.


"AI is driving significant investments in data centres ... one of the key attractions of this acquisition is that it significantly increases our exposure to data centres," Nokia CEO Pekka Lundmark said.


Analysts also believe the deal will also help Nokia compete more effectively with Ciena, another major player in the optical networking space. With this acquisition, Nokia will become the second largest vendor in the optical networking market with a 20% share, behind Huawei which is unchallenged in China.


While the long-term implications of the deal remain to be seen, some potential challenges exist. Integrating two large companies can be complex, and ensuring a smooth transition will be crucial. Additionally, managing a potentially diverse corporate culture and streamlining operations will require careful planning.


However, Nokia shares rose 4% in morning trade, signaling that the shareholders are bullish about the deal.

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