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DragonWave Inc. plans to acquire Nokia Siemens Networks' microwave transport business, including its associated operational support systems (OSS) and related support functions. Under the terms of the agreement, as well as acquiring the business, DragonWave would also become the preferred, strategic supplier to Nokia Siemens Networks of packet microwave and related products, and the companies would jointly coordinate technology development activities. The planned transaction is subject to any applicable regulatory, exchange and third party approvals, a consultation process with trade union representatives and other customary terms and conditions.
Nokia Siemens Networks and DragonWave believe the proposed acquisition and supply agreements would accelerate innovation in backhaul products, supporting world class microwave solutions for mobile operators. The companies aim to complete the planned acquisition and supply agreements in the first quarter of 2012.
Following the proposed acquisition, Nokia Siemens Networks would retain responsibility for its existing solution sales and associated services for microwave transport, while DragonWave would be responsible for the product line, including R&D, product management and operations functions.
"Through this strategic relationship, customers would continue to receive high-quality services and sales support from Nokia Siemens Networks, while DragonWave's best of breed products would ensure they have access to industry leading technology," said Marc Rouanne, head of Network Systems, Nokia Siemens Networks. "Our intention is to capitalize on DragonWave's proven capabilities for innovative product development and focus on our end-to-end solutions."
"DragonWave is very proud to partner with Nokia Siemens Networks. We hope to welcome new employees as a valuable addition to the DragonWave team," said Peter Allen, President CEO of DragonWave. "This relationship is transformational, giving us the ability to serve customers who want to access an integrated solution. In addition, it provides DragonWave an expanded technology base to address those customers who wish to purchase stand-alone best-in-breed products. Our increased scale, diversity and customer footprint, coupled with significantly enhanced resources and capabilities, will provide a solid foundation for faster innovation and broader market penetration."
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