Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks B.V.
Type Besloten Vennootschap
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 2007
Headquarters Espoo, Finland
Area served Worldwide
Key people Rajeev Suri (CEO)
Marco Schröter (CFO)
Jesper Ovesen (Chairman)
Products Mobile and fixed broadband networks, consultancy and managed services, multimedia technology
Revenue increase € 12.661 billion (2010)
Operating income decrease € 686 million (2010)
Employees 66,160 (2010)
Parent Nokia Oyj (50.1%)
Siemens AG (49.9%)

Nokia Siemens Networks is a global data networking and telecommunications equipment company headquartered in Espoo, Finland. It is a joint venture between Nokia of Finland and Siemens of Germany.



The company was created as the result of a joint venture between Siemens Communications division (minus its Enterprise business unit) and Nokia's Network Business Group.

The new company was announced on 19 June 2006. Nokia Siemens Networks was officially launched at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona in February 2007.[1] Nokia Siemens Networks then began full operations on 1 April 2007[2] and has its headquarters in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Nokia Siemens Networks has operations in some 150 countries serving over 600 customers.[3]

In January 2008 Nokia Siemens Networks acquired Israeli company Atrica, a company that builds carrier-class Ethernet transport systems for metro networks. The official release did not disclose terms, however they are thought to be in the region of $100 million.[4][5] In February 2008 Nokia Siemens Networks acquired Apertio, Bristol UK-based, a mobile network customer management tools provider for €140 million. With this acquisition Nokia Siemens Networks gained customers in the subscriber management area including Orange, T-Mobile, O2, Vodafone and Hutchison 3G.[6][7][8] On July 19, 2010, Nokia Siemens Networks announced it would acquire the wireless-network equipment division of Motorola.[9] The acquisitions was completed on April 29, 2011 for US $975 million in cash. Approximately 6900 employees will transfer to Nokia Siemens Networks and NSN takes on responsibility for 50 operator customers in 52 countries.[citation needed]

November 2011: To improve profitability by reducing operating expenses and overheads by One billion Euro by the end of 2013, Nokia Siemens Networks will cut 17,000 jobs worldwide or around a quarter of its 74,000 staff.[10]


Nokia Siemens Networks operates in more than 150 countries worldwide and has about 73,000 employees including the joinees from Motorola Net.[11] Most of those employees work in one of the six central hubs around the world, including: Espoo in Finland, Munich in Germany, Wrocław in Poland, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore in India, Guangdong in China and Lisbon in Portugal. Its major manufacturing sites are in Chennai in India, China, Oulu in Finland,[citation needed] and in Berlin, Germany.[12]

About a quarter of the world's population are connected everyday using NSN infrastructure.[11] The customer base of Nokia Siemens Networks includes 1,400 customers in over 150 countries (including more than 600 operator customers). Combined 2010 revenues exceed 12.7 billion, making the company one of the largest telecommunication equipment makers in the world.[13]

Rajeev Suri is the current Chief Executive Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks. In this position he succeeds Simon Beresford-Wylie, who stepped down (October 1, 2009) after leading the company’s integration.[14] Nokia Siemens Networks' Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is Marco Schröter. The Chairman of the board of directors is Nokia's former CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, vice chairman is Rudi Lamprecht (Executive Advisor to the CEO of Siemens AG).[15]

Business units

Since January 1, 2010, Nokia Siemens Networks has organised its operations within the following three business units:

  • Business Solutions (BSO)
  • Network Systems (NWS)
  • Global Services (GS)

There are dedicated sales units for each of these areas.

Products and services


Communication for Service Providers

  • Customer care support
  • Device management
  • Fixed-mobile convergence
  • Hosting
  • Integrated provisioning
  • Inventory management
  • IPTV
  • Mobile backhaul
  • Mobile TV
  • Outsourcing
  • Unified charging and billing
  • WCDMA frequency refarming
Public and corporate
  • Air and maritime
  • Government
  • Railway

Corporate affairs

Board of Directors
  • Chairman: Olli Pekka Kallasvuo
  • Peter Y Solmssen
  • Timo Ihamuotila
  • Joe Kaeser
  • Siegfried Russwurm
  • Niklas Savander
  • Robin Lindahl
Executive Management Team[16]
  • Chief Executive Officer: Rajeev Suri
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO): Marco Schröter
  • Customer Operations(CO) West: Bosco Novák
  • Customer Operations(CO) East: Ashish Chowdhary
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO): Hossein Moiin
  • Head of Network Systems: Marc Rouanne
  • Head of Services: Armando Almeida
  • Head of Business Solutions: Amiram Mel
  • Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs: Barry French
  • Head of Human Resources: Hans-Jürgen Bill
  • Head of Operations: Herbert Merz
  • Head of Strategy and Business Development: Michael Matthews
  • Head of Corporate Development Office: Pekka Soini
  • General Counsel: Joyce Norcini
  • Head of North America Region: Rick Corker

Iran monitoring controversy

In 2008 Nokia Siemens Networks provided Iran's monopoly telecom company TCI with technology that allowed it to monitor phone calls of its customers.[17]

News reports claimed that the company had provided internet censorship capabilities to the Iranian government.[18] In June 2009 Nokia Siemens Networks stated that whilst they had provided lawful interception capable equipment or services to Iran, capable of monitoring local voice calls, they had not provided equipment or services that provided deep packet inspection capabilities, speech recognition, internet or network monitoring or web censorship capabilities.[19]

In July 2009, Iranians sympathetic to the 2009–2010 Iranian election protests began to boycott Nokia products in Iran.[20]

Former Nokia executive Chip Pitts has said that issues are raised from the supply of a voice monitoring capability to Iran by Nokia Siemens Networks.[when?][citation needed] In September 2010 Nokia-Siemens stated that it halted work relating to call monitoring in Iran in 2009, having divested its call monitoring business in the same year. It also had limited its activities in Iran and stated that it was ".. aware of credible reports that the Iranian authorities use communications technology to suppress political activity in a way that is inconsistent with that government’s human rights obligations".[21]


  1. ^ Identityworks: Reviews - 2007 - Nokia Siemens
  2. ^ Nokia - ShowPressRelease
  3. ^ "Nokia Siemens Networks Fact Sheet" (PDF). Nokia Siemens Networks. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Nokia Siemens Networks acquires Atrica, Ethernet systems company". Venturebeat. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  5. ^ "Nokia Siemens Networks Completes Acquisition of Carrier Ethernet Specialist Atrica". Nokia Siemens Networks. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Nokia Siemens Networks Apertio Acquisition Press Release". Nokia Siemens Networks. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  7. ^ "Apertio Press Release on Nokia Siemens Networks acquisition". Apertio. Archived from the original on March 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  8. ^ "The Register article on Nokia Siemens Networks acquisition of Apertio". The Register News. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  9. ^ Nokia Siemens Agrees to Pay Cash for Division of Motorola
  10. ^ "Nokia Siemens to cut 17,000 jobs". November 23, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Company Profile Retrieved 2011-04-08
  12. ^ "Press Release : Munich, Germany – November 11, 2008", (Nokia Siemens Networks), 11 November 2008, 
  13. ^ Nokia in 2010 Retrieved 2011-04-08
  14. ^ - Show press release
  15. ^ Nokia - ShowPressRelease
  16. ^ [1] checked on 15th of February, 2011.
  17. ^ "Hi-tech helps Iranian monitoring". BBC News. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  18. ^ Stelter, Brian; Stone, Brad (2009-06-23). "Web Pries Lid of Iranian Censorship". The New York Times. 
  19. ^ "Provision of Lawful Intercept capability in Iran", (Nokia Siemens Networks), 22 June 2009, 
  20. ^ Kamali Dehghan, Saeed (2009-07-14). "Iranian consumers boycott Nokia for 'collaboration'". The Guardian (London: Guardian News and Media Limited). Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  21. ^ "Clarification on Nokia Siemens Networks’ business in Iran", (Nokia Siemens Networks), 28 September 2010, 

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