Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola “leaders” in WiMAX

During the three months ended 30 June 2008, vendors Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola accounted for over two thirds of worldwide mobile WiMAX equipment revenue. This is according to Infonetics Research, which describes the two suppliers as “runaway leaders” in the 802.16e equipment market. And their lead is increasing. During the first quarter of this year, Alcatel-Lucent […]

Redtone launches WiMAX in East Malaysia

Redtone, using base stations and CPE equipment from Motorola, has launched the first commercial WiMAX service in East Malaysia. The first phase of the WiMAX network covers the Kota Kinabalu business district.    Redtone’s WiMAX licence – a 25MHz slice of spectrum in the 2.3GHz frequency band – will allow the company to extend coverage across […]

Moto scoops $431m in Chinese deals

Welcome news for troubled US vendor Motorola this week as it announced Chinese network contracts worth $431m. Moto said it has signed multiple contracts with leading mobile carrier China Mobile, for the expansion and upgrade of its existing GSM network. Under the deal, Motorola will supply kit and services across 16 provinces and municipalities. The […]

Moto execs to split top job

Greg Brown, chief executive of troubled telecoms vendor Motorola, said Monday that he will share the CEO position with Sanjay Jha. Jha joins Motorola as co-CEO from Qualcomm, where he served as chief operating officer and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. The industry veteran will also take over control of Motorola’s Mobile Devices Business, ahead […]

Moto surprises with second quarter profit

Beleaguered manufacturer Motorola showed signs of a turnaround on Thursday as the company posted a slim profit on the back of better than expected handset sales. The company’s earnings for the quarter to end June 31 came in at a modest $4m, but this compares to a loss of $28m in the same period last […]

Motorola splits up the home

Ahead of the expected reporting of more gloomy results later this week, Motorola is busy reorganising its business. But instead of the previously announced split into two standalone operations, the company is understood to breaking into three. The US vendor is expected to announce that it is to create three new business entities from its […]

Motorola leads mobile WiMAX supplier pack

Worldwide sales of WiMAX kit jumped 59 per cent quarter on quarter during the first three months of 2008, to reach $363m, according to research released this week. Star mobile WiMAX sales performer during that period was Motorola, which became the first supplier to sell more than $50m of 802.16e equipment during a single quarter, […]

Moto unveils 5 mp camera phone

Flagging handset vendor Motorola unveiled the results of its long anticipated collaboration with Kodak this week, lifting the curtain on the MotoZine ZN5, Moto’s first camera-centric phone. Finally taking a break from pumping out RAZRs and delivering a feature on a par with that of its rivals, the ZN5 packs a 5 megapixel camera and […]

TDF flies WiMAX flag in France

European network service provider TDF has tapped Motorola to design and deploy 802.16e WiMAX networks for several regions in France. The network will be operated by TDF subsidiary HDRR, which provides network services to broadcasters and telecom operators throughout Europe. The three year frame agreement, announced at the WiMAX Forum Global Congress yesterday, follows an […]

Moto gets lucky, dodges $4bn Iridium payout

Embattled kit maker Motorola had a bit of good news on Wednesday, after a judge ruled that the outcome of the nine year old Iridium bankruptcy fight will not cost the company a penny. Satellite operator Iridium went bust in 1999 and a creditors committee has been chasing Moto since 2001, accusing the company of […]

Moto cosies up to Qualcomm again

Beleaguered kit vendor Motorola has made an about face on last year’s decision to drop Qualcomm from its suppliers list. On Wednesday the US handset and equipment vendor said that it is once again broadening its relationship with Qualcomm, with the aim of designing the big Q’s chipsets into certain UMTS 3G handsets from the […]

Moto buys Soundbuzz music shop

Troubled handset and equipment vendor Motorola this week acquired mobile music company Soundbuzz for an undisclosed sum. Soundbuzz is a privately held, pan-Asian music platform, and will help Moto expand its Asia mobile music offerings beyond China and into India, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The US vendor said that it aimed to capitalise […]

New Year; new handsets

It’s a good thing the gargantuan industry shindig that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place in the first week of January. While much of the mobile industry is still rousing itself from its festive slumber, we can always rely on a torrent of gadget launches to keep us going. And this year, Motorola […]

Motorola deletes chief technology officer

Just days after Ed Zander announced that he is to step down from his role as chief executive officer at Motorola, the beleaguered kit maker has also lost its head of technology. doesn’t remember seeing an announcement on the departure of Padmasree Warrior as Moto’s chief technology officer, but the US firm has been […]

Verizon backing LTE

US CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless has announced that it is to embark upon a 4G LTE deployment plan in the US, with trials beginning in 2008. Vendors involved in the trial include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia Siemens and Nortel. Vodafone, a minority but significant stakeholder in Verizon, has publicly declared its technology neutrality going forward. […]

Zander to quit Moto

US vendor Motorola’s chief executive officer Ed Zander has announced that he is to step down from the role, effective January 1st 2008. Zander will be replaced by the firm’s COO, Greg Brown, and will retain the position of chairman of the board until the annual stockholders meeting in May. On behalf of Motorola’s Board […]

Icahn becomes third largest Moto shareholder

Corporate raider and billionaire investor Carl Icahn has increased his personal holding in US device and kit manufacturer Motorola, to 3.3 per cent. This makes him the third largest stakeholder in the company behind investor Dodge & Cox and Capital Research & Management. The move could put further pressure on Motorola CEO, Ed Zander, to […]

Moto starts European femtocell trial

US kit vendor Motorola said Monday that it has completed testing of its 3G femtocell equipment and has begun trialling the device with an unidentified major European operator. Femtocells, which are like mini mobile base stations deployed either in homes or on campus to improve coverage, or potentially, to use a fixed internet connection for […]

Google phone is legion; Android to take on Symbian

Web giant Google has shown its hand, revealing plans for an all out assault on the mobile handset space using a “software stack” comprising an operating system, middleware, user interface and applications. And troubled handset vendor Motorola is throwing its chips in with the services specialist, as one of the founding members of the Open […]

Good news, bad news for Motorola

There was good news and bad news from Motorola on Thursday. The good news was that the company posted its first profit in three consecutive quarters. The bad news was that profit was down 94 per cent year on year. Moto recorded a net profit of $60m for the third quarter, down from a profit […]

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