ERIC) and Huawei. Siemens, which has been going through restructuring plans of its own, had made it known on more than one occasion that it wanted out of the partnership. Because of the growth that NSN experienced over the past couple of years, Siemens anticipated there would be more interest from would-be buyers for its share of the business. The market didn't oblige. Given Cisco's ( CSCO) recent shopping spree, Cisco's name was mentioned as an obligatory candidate. Cisco remained silent. Although Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU) would have brought seamless synergies to NSN, it also would have been a colossal mistake, given ALU's own cost-cutting plans.