Nokia (NYSE: NOK) shareholders approved the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) at a meeting Tuesday, about eight months after the company announced the $16.6 billion deal.

This was one of the final steps to solidifying the acquisition, after which both companies will operate under “Nokia Corp.”

Nokia employs about 1,500 people at its Irving office, 6000 Connection Dr. Alcatel-Lucent does not release local employment information. Last records show that the company employed about 2,000 people in Plano in 2013, according to the Plano Chamber of Commerce.

The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2016, Nokia said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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The acquisition was solidified by shareholders at a meeting Tuesday. Both companies have a large presence in North Texas.

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