Telecom Timeout

Oct 27 2009   7:40PM GMT

Nortel loses another arm as Hitachi steps in for LTE bits

Ddevine Dan Devine Profile: Ddevine

Continuing its bankruptcy-ignited fire sale, Nortel announced that it has struck a deal with Tokyo-based electronics heavyweight Hitachi to part with a piece of its Long-Term Evolution (LTE) business — specifically, “certain assets associated with the development of next generation packet core network components,” according to a press release — for $10 million. Not that it’s trying to be cryptic or anything.

Of course, Hitachi will face lots of LTE competition from other vendors. Despite that, the insolvent Toronto-based vendor said:

Under the agreement, the assets include software to support the transfer of data over existing wireless networks and the next generation of wireless communications technology, including relevant non-patent intellectual property, equipment and other related tangible assets, as well as a non-exclusive license of certain relevant patents and other intellectual property.

Nortel said the agreement excludes legacy packet core components for its global system for mobile communications (GSM) and universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS) businesses. Its GSM and GSM-Railway businesses are slated for an open auction on Nov. 9.

While Monday’s announcement did drop some new information on the asset front, the song remained the same for Nortel’s embattled shareholders.

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