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Nokia and China Huaxin sign memorandum of understanding to create new joint venture combining Nokia China and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell

BEIJING, Aug. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nokia and China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center ("China Huaxin") have signed a memorandum of understanding ("MoU") today confirming their intention to combine Nokia's telecommunications infrastructure businesses in China ("Nokia China") and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell ("ASB") into a new joint venture. As agreed under the MoU, Nokia expects to hold 50% plus one share in the new joint venture, with China Huaxin holding the remaining shares. Fair value compensation would be received for the contribution of relevant assets to the joint venture.

The new joint venture is conditional on and would be formed after the closing of Nokia's planned combination with Alcatel-Lucent, at which point Nokia would own 50% plus one share of ASB. The new joint venture is expected to be a strong national asset based in China capable of delivering value for both parties. Nokia China and ASB are leaders in the Chinese telecommunications infrastructure market and both are long-standing contributors to the development of China and innovation in the country.

The new joint venture is planned to operate under the English name of Nokia Shanghai Bell and would be registered in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. The new joint venture would have one board of directors, one management team, unified customer and business functions, and one integrated product portfolio and R&D platform.

Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia Corporation, said: "Today's agreement demonstrates Nokia's deep commitment to China. Together with China Huaxin, Nokia will be in an excellent position to support strategic initiatives of the Chinese government such as "Internet Plus" and provide a strong link between Europe and China. We look forward to joining with China Huaxin and ASB to drive innovation for customers in China and to help accelerate the country's shift to an innovation-driven economy. With this MoU now in place, we will also work closely with our new partners to make the case for swift approval of the proposed combination between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent by the appropriate Chinese authorities."

Yuan Xin, Chairman, China Huaxin, said: "We are pleased to have signed this agreement with Nokia, and firmly believe the proposed combination would reinforce our companies' presence in China. By bringing these two entities together, the new company would possess greater capacity for innovation and outstanding R&D capabilities, delivering benefits to our customers and shareholders alike."

As agreed in the MoU, Nokia and China Huaxin will negotiate the final terms of how the new joint venture would be created. A deadlock mechanism exists within the MoU to ensure final agreement is reached between Nokia and China Huaxin regarding the terms of transfer and valuation of all relevant assets. This mechanism would deliver a resolution if definitive agreement has not been reached within nine months after completion of Nokia's proposed combination with Alcatel-Lucent.

Until the closing of the proposed combination between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia China and ASB will continue to operate as two independent companies.

About Nokia

By focusing on the human possibilities of technology, Nokia embraces the connected world to help people thrive. Our three businesses are leaders in their fields: Nokia Networks provides broadband infrastructure, software and services; HERE provides mapping, navigation and location intelligence; and Nokia Technologies provides advanced technology development and licensing. http://www.nokia.com

About Huaxin

China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center ("China Huaxin") is an industrial investment company that seeks long-term commercial growth opportunities in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector. China Huaxin has extensive global operations and international investment experience. China Huaxin aspires to be a competitive global industry holding group that creates long-term value for its stakeholders and for society as a whole by nurturing and advancing technology innovation in the Information Industry.

About Nokia China

Nokia China provides telecom infrastructure software, hardware and services to leading mobile operators in China. It has four R&D innovation hubs, two manufacturing facilities and one service delivery center, as well as offices across the country. In 2014, Nokia received the People's Republic of China Friendship Award and the Marco Polo Award.

About Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell

Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB) provides end-to-end telecommunication solutions and high-quality services to customers in China and worldwide. It has a 30-year history in China and represents the first foreign investment joint venture in China's high-tech sector. ASB's extensive sales and service networks cover all the provinces of China and more than 50 countries worldwide. ASB also hosts an Alcatel-Lucent University campus in its Shanghai location. http://www.alcatel-sbell.com.cn

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements that reflect Nokia's current expectations and views of future events and developments. Some of these forward-looking statements can be identified by terms and phrases such as "expect," "will" and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements include statements relating to the expected transaction between Nokia and Huaxin, the structure and the terms of such transaction, the expected timing of such transaction, the timing of closing of the proposed transaction between Nokia and Alcatel Lucent and satisfaction of the related conditions precedent, including regulatory conditions. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our beliefs, assumptions and expectations of future performance, taking into account the information currently available to us. These forward-looking statements are only predictions based upon our current expectations and views of future events and developments and are subject to risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. Risks and uncertainties include the ability of Nokia and Huaxin to reach an agreement on definitive documentation with respect to a new joint venture, their ability to combine ASB and Nokia China, the ability of Nokia and Alcatel Lucent to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals and consummate the pending transaction between these companies.

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Source: NOKIA