Nokia joins F5 Networks in global alliance

Telecommunication equipment maker Nokia and U.S.-based switch maker F5 Networks have signed a two-year license and reseller agreement that also includes Nokia's purchasing a 9.9 percent stake of unregistered common stock in F5 Networks, the companies announced Thursday.

Under the terms of the deal, the companies will strategically align their products, channels, technology offerings and development activities, Nokia and F5 Networks said in a statement. In addition, Nokia will focus its efforts on licensing and reselling the current line of F5 Networks' Internet traffic and content management products, the companies said. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The companies will also look into jointly developing new firewall, VPN (virtual private network) and server farm load balancing technologies for both wired and mobile networks over the next few months, Nokia and F5 Networks said.

Along with the F5 Network stock share that Nokia has agreed to buy, the Finland-based company also has the option to purchase an additional 10 percent of F5 Network common stock and can nominate a representative to F5 Network's board of directors, Nokia and F5 Networks said in a statement.

The statement follows an earlier announcement from Nokia on Thursday, saying it intends to shed up to 1,000 jobs from its infrastructure division Nokia Networks.

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