Updated from July 20
is entertaining a $7 billion takeover offer from
, the big European networking equipment maker, says a source familiar with the deal.
Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture of
, is offering about $16 to $17 a share for the Naperville, Ill., phone system supplier. But a deal could take a while to complete because Tellabs' decision "is not imminent," according to the source.
A Tellabs representative declined to comment, and a Nokia Siemens rep wasn't immediately available. Tellabs shares rose 16% in early trading Monday.
The deal would give Nokia Siemens a big slice of the U.S. phone market and expand key relations with the big telcos like
Another source familiar with Tellabs says Nokia Siemens entered the picture late last year after
picked Redback over Tellabs in a $2.1 billion acquisition. Nokia Siemens stumbled soon after its creation last summer, and talks stopped.
But one reason the deal is back on, say the sources, is that Tellabs "is not recovering" from some recent setbacks. For example in April, Tellabs cut its sales outlook citing
increased competition from rival
in the access equipment market.
reported that Tellabs was coming up as one of the
losers in a big round of contracts with Verizon. The slowdown in industrywide telecom gear sales was apparent in Ericsson's second-quarter earnings report, which sent its shares tumbling 5% Friday.
"I think the consolidation in the industry has hurt them," one industry source says of Tellabs. "So they are probably hoping they can move this deal along."
Tellabs shares rose $1.90 early Monday to $13.75.
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