Ericsson has completed the acquisition of Nortel's North American GSM business, following the November agreement.
"The addition of Nortel's skilled GSM experts adds additional depth to Ericsson's newest business unit," says Rima Qureshi, head of Ericsson's CDMA unit. "The CDMA team acquired from Nortel late last year has built a strong foundation already, and this new acquisition places us in a great position to support our growing list of North American and International customers."
Angel Ruiz, head of Ericsson North America, adds: "The completion of this acquisition strengthens our position as a leading provider of telecommunications technology and services in the United States and Canada and shows our commitment to the market. The skill and experience the Nortel employees bring to Ericsson will help us continue to provide exceptional services to our customers."
The acquisition includes the transfer of GSM business with North American operators and strengthens Ericsson's ability to serve North America's wireless operators. More than 350 employees from Nortel will be integrated in the Ericsson group over the coming months.
The acquired operations are expected to be accretive to Ericsson's earnings within a year after closing.
Ericsson's bid for Nortel's GSM assets was made together with Kapsch CarrierCom AG of Austria. Under the two transactions Ericsson is acquiring certain assets of Nortel's GSM business in North America and Kapsch is acquiring certain assets outside North America.
In 2009, Ericsson also acquired Nortel's CDMA and LTE assets in North America.