Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), rebuffed last year in its attempts to buy Nortel's carrier Ethernet, optical networking, LTE and CDMA assets, has today emerged as a potential acquirer of Motorola's network business, according to claims made by the Wall Street Journal.
A potential deal could cost NSN a little over a billion dollars, and would be a kick in the teeth for Chinese rival Huawei, which is increasingly desperate to establish a strong North American presence but keeps being frozen out over security concerns.
Over two years have now passed since Motorola first went public with plans to split its struggling mobility solutions business from its more protitable network solutions business, but beyond remarks made earlier this year by co-CEO Greg Brown, has always been cagey over whether or not it would consider a sale.
The split is now expected early next calendar year, but according to the WSJ, a sale could be announced in a few weeks.
At the time of writing neither company had yet issued an official comment.