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Nokia's Fixed Networks unit stands ready to drive gigabit service transformation

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With companywide restructuring and Gainspeed integration complete, Nokia’s (NYSE: NOK) Fixed Networks unit stands ready to address the cost and technical barriers that have stalled many of its capex-constrained customers’ fixed-line deployments and prompted a wave of M&A designed to sidestep the hurdles associated with high-cost network builds (e.g., AT&T’s [NYSE: T] acquisition of DirecTV).

Nokia’s goal is to be a one-stop shop for fixed solutions, ready to address the fixed-mobile convergence many of its largest customers are preparing to tackle to introduce gigabit services. However, the reality remains that building FTTH networks will be too expensive for many of Nokia’s customers; therefore, a multipronged approach, which includes leveraging fixed backhaul to deploy wireless solutions, will likely support the strongest business case when selling to fixed operators.

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