Global Dispatches

Nokia Siemens to Outsource R&D Work to IBM

ESPOO, Finland Nokia Siemens Networks BV has announced plans to outsource some of its research and development operations to IBM.

Up to 235 employees of the joint venture of Nokia Corp. and Siemens AG will start working for IBM upon completion of the deal, the company said. At Espoo-based Nokia Siemens, they had worked in the service core and applications business unit.

As employees of IBMs Global Engineering Solutions division, they will continue working on Nokia R&D projects as well as projects for other IBM clients.

Nokia Siemens, formed last April, announced a cost-cutting plan this summer that included layoffs of up to 15% of its workforce and the outsourcing of selected R&D projects.

Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service

EC Launches Probe of Qualcomm

BRUSSELS The European Commission last week said it has launched an antitrust investigation to determine whether Qualcomm Inc. abused its dominant position in the market for mobile phone chip sets. The commission didnt set a timetable for completing the investigation but said it is a matter of priority.

The investigation was prompted by complaints about Qualcomms licensing practices in October 2005 by Nokia, LM Ericsson Telephone Co., Texas Instruments Inc., Broadcom Corp., NEC Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Qualcomm said its licensing model allowed new vendors to enter the market, resulting in more products and lower handset prices.

Peter Sayer, IDG News Service

Briefly Noted

BT Group PLC in London has acquired IT services firm Lynx Technology Ltd. Terms of the deal werent disclosed. Chesterfield, England-based Lynx employs 500 people, including 200 field engineers and 50 consultants.

Computerworld UK

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