Finland's Nokia closes maps unit sale to German car makers


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  • Monday, 07 Dec 2015

Finland's Nokia has completed the sale of its navigation business HERE to German car makers BMW, Audi and Mercedes. — Reuters

HELSINKI: Finland's Nokia on Dec 4 said it had completed the sale of its navigation business HERE to German car makers BMW, Audi and Mercedes.

Nokia said its net proceeds from the deal would be around €2.55bil (RM11.65bil), in line with its original estimate. The deal was initially estimated to close in the first quarter of 2016.

Nokia last year sold its once-dominant mobile phone business to Microsoft, and following the maps deal, it is left with its mainstay telecom network equipment business and patents.

Earlier this week, the company's shareholders approved an all-share acquisition of network rival Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6bil (RM71.27bil), expected to close early next year. — Reuters

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