Nokia is set to acquire Comptel for €347 million as it bids to boost its software offering.
Nokia has made an offer of €3.04 per share in cash, which represents a premium of 22.8 percent on Comptel’s stock price on 8 February.
Comptel, which has around 300 customers in 90 countries, booked revenues of €98 million in 2015.
Its board is recommending the deal to shareholders, while major shareholders including Elisa have accepted Nokia’s terms.
Nokia said the acquisition would not have a material effect on the operations and business locations of, or the number of jobs at, Comptel.
Comptel, which like Nokia is based in Finland, offers solutions including catalogue-driven fulfilment and digital service lifecycle management, complex event processing, as well as applications for customer engagement and service monetisation.
Nokia announced plans to strengthen its software offering as part of a new growth strategy last November.
It said Comptel would bolster its go-to-market efforts and improve its automation offering.
Bhaskar Gorti, President of Nokia's Applications & Analytics business, said: “The timing of the Comptel purchase is important as our customers are changing the way they build and operate their networks.
“They are turning to software to provide more intelligence, automate more of their operations, and realise the efficiency gains that virtualisation promises.
“We want to help them by offering one of the industry's broadest and most advanced portfolios.”
Earlier this month, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said the ability to provide an end-to-end product portfolio would help to improve its financial performance – like-for-like sales fell 13 percent in 2016.
Juhani Hintikka, President and CEO of Comptel, said: “Together with Nokia we would create an agile and innovative player which can challenge current market leaders head-to-head.”
Meanwhile, Nokia signed a distributor agreement with Energia Communications to sell its G.fast technology in Japan.
The two companies began trials in 2015 before launching the first commercial G.Fast service in Japan last year.