After selling its Device business and issuing convertible bonds to Microsoft, it is estimated that Nokia will have about $10 billion in net cash. Nokia's Solutions and Networks (NSN) - formerly Nokia Siemens Networks - will now represent almost 90 percent of Nokia Revenues. Following its successful restructuring and absorption of part of Motorola's Solutions business NSN has been cash flow positive for four quarters with increasing profits despite a tough market.
NSN is poised for growth in Radio Access Networks (RAN), Software Defined Networking (SDN), Cloud Based Voice and IMS services and - with new investment - possibly in the Infrastructure core.
This could create a 'mini Ericsson' look alike with a very competitive cost structure says Strategy Analytics.
According to Guang Yang, Senior Analyst Wireless Networks and Platforms "NSN might do well to consider using some of Microsoft's money to enhance its RAN offering by acquiring one of the emerging Self Organizing Network (SON) vendors or expand its SDN focus". He continued "SDN offers a disruptive opportunity for vendors to break into the market with OpenFlowTM compliant software on 'commodity hardware' and NSN's continued restructuring that moves it away from specialty hardware manufacturing puts it in a very strong position to embrace the low cost SDN model even faster than competitors like Huawei, Ericsson, Alcatel Lucent and Cisco."
Sue Rudd, Director Service Provider Analysis commented "NSN's major weakness is its lack of strong in-house IP software routing and gateway expertise that can add unique value to its 4G 'All-IP architecture and the SDN Control Plane. Strong and distinctive partnerships or even acquisitions in this area will be essential for Multi-Vendor Hetnets, Smart Backhaul, Wi-Fi Roaming and Content Delivery Networking."