5G: Nokia wins new contract in Taiwan

5G: Nokia wins new contract in Taiwan Cybersecurity

Randomly of the calendar, while the French employees of Nokia demonstrate against the launch of a new PES by the equipment supplier, the latter has again won a new large-scale contract regarding the deployment of 5G in Taiwan . The manufacturer has thus won a new contract in Taiwan, for the deployment of the 5G network of the second operator of the island, Taiwan Mobile, for a total value estimated at 400 million dollars.

The three-year contract allows the automaker to strengthen its grip on the Taiwanese market. Last March, the Finnish equipment manufacturer had already recovered responsibility for the deployment of part of the 5G network of Taiwan Mobile’s biggest rival, Chunghwa Telecom. After a slow start to the year, marked by repeated failures during various calls for tenders, Nokia is coming back well, thanks in particular to the completion of a first contract in China, with the operator China Unicorn, or in Canada, this times with the operator Telus.

According to the latest accounts by analysts cited by AFP, Nokia is now the world number 3 in the mobile infrastructure market, of which it has around 9% market share, just behind the Swedish Ericsson and its 10% share and far behind the Chinese leader Huawei, which controls approximately 20% of the world market.

Nokia launches social plan in France

The manufacturer claimed late last year the signing of sixty contracts for the supply of equipment or 5G services, against about 70 for its competitor Ericsson. While it lagged behind its competitors, Nokia decided to revise its organizational structure by recalling its former vice president of strategy and business development Pekka Lundmark at its head last March.

If the latter’s post is only scheduled for next September, the Scandinavian manufacturer has already carried out a large workforce review intended to revive it in the race for 5G. Race results: the equipment supplier, who has been monitoring the activities of its former Franco-American competitor Alcatel-Lucent since 2015-2016, is preparing to cut 1,233 jobs in its French subsidiary, or one third of its workforce.

These job cuts concern research and development (R & D) and central functions at the Paris-Saclay (Essonne) and Lannion (Côtes d’Armor) sites, which host competence centers in the fields of 5G, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things, but not its three French subsidiaries Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), Nokia Bell Labs France (NBLF) and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), the group said last week.

A decision that goes very badly with the French teams of Nokia, who met this Tuesday on the Saclay site to challenge this new PES. According to Reuters, Bercy would ask Nokia to review the copy of this social plan. Nokia, for its part, claims to be completely freed from the commitments made, particularly in terms of jobs, when it acquired Alcatel-Lucent in 2015. In 2019, Nokia announced a small profit (7 million euros) for the first time since 2015.

Source: www.zdnet.fr

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