China gives the nod for Microsoft-Nokia merger

China gives the nod for Microsoft-Nokia merger
Nokia is one step closer to divesting itself of its Devices and Services unit to Microsoft. China’s Ministry of Commerce has granted it approval for the merger which we have been following since its announcement last September.

With that hurdle overcome, China joins the US Department of Justice, the European Commission, and several other governments in approving the transaction. The only notable hold out at the moment is India, which is embroiled with the Finnish company over taxes and a seized factory in Chennai.

China’s approval of the merger is certainly a welcome development for Nokia and Microsoft, however, as there were concerns raised by the Chinese government, as well as several Chinese manufacturers, about what might happen to fees for patents that Nokia will retain ownership of after the deal with Microsoft closes. Samsung and Google also shared similar concerns in China. Such issues dragged out the Ministry’s approval of the deal over a period of months.

Nokia continues to state that it expects the transaction with Microsoft to close sometime this month.

source: Nokia


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9 Comments

1. papss unregistered

Like China should be stopping anything with as much craps that they shovel out to the rest of the world. They somehow manage to look the other way when it comes to what is clearly blatant copying.

2. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

this was expected to happen . I am glad it's a done deal now except for the India Factory /Tax problem which Microsoft and Nokia said will not hold back the sale. Nokia said they would give a press event on 19 April. I guess that is when we will see Nokia's CEO and Microsoft's CEO announce the deal is finalized-Closed. maybe we will hear what Microsoft is going to do with what it bought from Nokia. Nokia will still exist as a tele communication company. but will no longer make Nokia smart phones or tablets for a specified amount of time set down in the agreement in the sale of some of Nokia's mobilee assets to Microsoft

3. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Even after the merger, Nokia will work independently on their Lumia smartphones, with the financial backing by MS. Just like Google & Motorola.

7. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

No Not at all.. Microsoft hasn't bought Nokia . Nokia is still an independent Company they have bought their Mobile division only.. in case of motorola ,, Google had bought the whole Motorola , now they have sold the mobile division of Motorola to Lenovo . but still Motorola is a Google company . Secondly most of the Nokia employees who made Nokia what it was have already left and many will be leaving after acquisition . So you will be getting a Pure Microsoft Product only . It won't even carry the Name "Nokia"

8. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

actually Google only brought the Mobile division of Motorola (Motorola Mobility) before selling to Lenova. Motorola is still an independent company making modems and the like. Kinda like how Nokia is still an independent company working on a few things (such as their HERE Maps technology). Really the only difference between what Microsoft and Google is/are doing, Microsoft has full intentions of letting Nokia make awesome devices. Google kinda just brought Motorola for the patents and let it die (now selling it to Lenova). I'm an Android guy too, but google scares me what they are trying to do.

9. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

ohh i forgot about that it was divided into motorola mobility and motorola solutions but the thing to note here is .. that both motorola mobility and motorola solutions were different Independent public Companies . so my point still remains valid.. there is no motorola now . the mobile division of nokia is not an independent public company it was a division. Also Google bought the whole company ( mobility) that included patents brand etc .. but Patents,,Brand names are still owned by nokia here . they have just licenced it to Microsoft . and they haven't bought the company only their division although it was a major part of Nokia but nonetheless it was only a part and not an independent company..

4. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Thanks, China...

5. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Thanks, China...

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Should ask for free patents before approving a deal... now patent trolling will reach a next level

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