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Nokia Siemens Networks and Apertio -- BUYER: Nokia Siemens ACQUISITION: Apertio, which specializes in management applications for network operators WHEN: January PRICE: US$205 million WHY: The management and consolidation of subscriber data is becoming more important, particularly as operators offer "converged" services, the term for offerings that combine mobile, fixed-line and Internet-based services, the companies said.

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