Earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft-Nokia deal is in the second-phase of anti-trust investigation in China, as Chinese OEMs and regulators fear that Nokia’s patent fees for the China’s domestic handset vendors might go up after this deal gets over. Today, Bloomberg reported that local Chinese OEMs has asked regulators to make sure Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business doesn’t result in higher patent fees on wireless technology.
Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp.asked China’s Ministry of Commerce to set conditions on the deal making sure Microsoft doesn’t raise patent licensing fees afterward, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter. The ministry is conducting an anti-monopoly review of the deal.
Microsoft and Nokia is expecting to close the deal in early 2014 and any delay in China due to the above issues may further push the deal closing date in 2014. I hope Chinese regulators and Nokia soon sort out the differences to clear this deal.