Whatever happened to the Microsoft and Nokia deal? The two have been silent about the acquisition for some time but rumor has it that it won’t be finalized this coming April. Not that it won’t be finished, it will just be delayed.
Microsoft has already received approval from the US DoJ, the shelby European Commission, and 15 markets from other parts of the world. Some markets in Asia have yet to give their signals but we’re not doubting they will be given. Taiwan already approved of the Microsoft and Nokia deal though. It’s just a matter of time before countries will say ‘yes’.
Microsoft General Counsel and Executive VP Brad Smith said that the company is “as excited as ever to welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business officially as part of the Microsoft family”. According Smith, this deal will stimulate the “mobile-first, cloud-first imperatives” of Microsoft.
Taiwan may have given the go signal but the standard-essential patents of Nokia have yet to be licensed under FRAND conditions according to a report. Because of this, Nokia won’t be able to raise licensing fees.
Don’t worry about Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia not pushing through. It will happen. Just delayed.
< Source: PocketLint >