Swedish telecoms manufacturer Ericsson has won an auction to buy the North American assets of Canada's failed Nortel Networks, in deal valued at 1.13 billion dollars.
Ericsson says it will take over the carrier networks division of Nortel relating to CDMA and LTE techology in North America. CDMA is a mobile phone standard widely used in North America, where the global GSM standard is less commonplace. LTE is a next-generation standard for bigger and faster mobile phone networks.
With contracts with Verizon and Bell Canada, the acquisition will make North America the biggest region within Ericsson, which last year reported sales there of 2.7 billion dollars.