Moto profits under pressure

Investors and analysts will be looking to Motorola head honcho Ed Zander later on Friday after the company’s disappointing performance in the fourth quarter. Zander issued a profit warning earlier this month after the company experienced poor performance in the devices segment during the last quarter of 2006. Fourth quarter sales were up 17 per […]

Indian op prepares for 3G

Motorola said Thursday that it has been contracted by one of the smaller Indian operators, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), for the supply of a UMTS 3G network for Delhi and the National Capital Region. The move looks to be the first rollout of UMTS in India and comes ahead of the country’s licensing of […]

Zander charms as Moto steps up

Motorola on Monday unveiled its plans to turn around recent “disappointment”, with its ebullient CEO, Ed Zander pedaling onto the CES stage in Las Vegas, on a yellow bicycle – apparently an example of “expense controls”. The world’s No. 2 handset maker vowed to improve media services on its phones and announced partnerships with internet […]

Zander disappointed as RAZR loses edge

US manufacturer Motorola, the world’s second largest handset vendor, issued a profit warning late Thursday, following poor performance in the devices segment. Fourth quarter sales are now estimated to be in the range of $11.6bn to $11.8bn, down from previous guidance of $11.8bn to $12.1bn. The shortfall occurred in the Mobile Devices segment and is […]

What’s wrong with Moto?

The world’s second largest mobile manufacturer, Motorola, is losing ground in sales as well as brand recognition according to the analyst group Gartner. In its worldwide mobile sales report for Q3 2006, released Wednesday, the analyst group said Moto had experienced “challenges in some regions”, losing its No.1 spot in Latin American and its No. […]

Moto snaps up Netopia

The world’s second largest mobile phone manufacturer, Motorola, said Tuesday it had agreed to buy broadband home network equipment provider Netopia in a deal worth about $208m (£109.8m). Moto has been in shopping mode of late: last week it bought email firm Good for an undisclosed sum. In September the company agreed to buy rugged […]

Motorola gets Good

Motorola on Friday announced that it has agreed to acquire mobile email company Good Technology for an undisclosed sum. The US vendor, which already uses Good’s mobile messaging software on its BlackBerry styled Q device, said the acquisition would be used to increase the company’s enterprise client base. Good, which focuses solely on the corporate […]

Motorola calls for Java unification

US manufacturer Motorola on Wednesday issued a call to reduce the heavy fragmentation of the Java platform for mobile devices. The vendor appealed to the broader Java Micro Edition (ME) ecosystem to establish a complete Java ME software stack for the mobile industry, under the Apache License Version 2.0. Motorola said it will work to […]

Moto eyes up Sagem – reports

Handset giant Motorola is reported to be interested in buying French phone and fax manufacturer, Sagem. A report in Le Figaro says an executive from Moto has confirmed its interest in the French company. Ron Garriques, head of Motorola’s mobile devices business, told the French newspaper: “We have a serious interest in Sagem. It’s an […]

Fusion breaks 100k subs barrier, maybe

UK telco BT may well have shocked the sceptics following reports that it has passed the 100,000 subscriber milestone for its Fusion service. The operator has caught a lot of flack in the media recently after it emerged that the service was off to a slow start, signing up just 30,000 customers by the end […]

Moto records 45 per cent drop in Q3 profit

The world’s second-largest mobile phone manufacturer, Motorola, saw its share price plummet by 9 percent Wednesday after the company reported a 45 percent drop in Q3 profit and missed its sales forecast. The sharp drop is the biggest for Motorola in almost four years. The earnings met Wall Street’s estimates however sales of the company’s […]

Nokia to do WiMax handsets in 2008

sometime in 2008, the firm said Wednesday. The world’s biggest producer of mobile phones revealed plans for the technology as it rolled out a WiMAX-enabled version of its lightweight base station. While stationary computers can connect to WiMAX today, there will not be a mobile version available till later this year which gives Nokia more […]

BlackBerry to lose its crown – analyst

The Blackberry’s position as the dominant mobile email solution is coming to an end according to industry analyst IDC . The analyst group says Microsoft’s involvement with Motorola, Palm, and others, as well as Nokia’s commitment to an end-to-end strategy, threaten the Blackberry’s stronghold in the enterprise market. Viewing the mobile email arena as “a […]

Moto employs vending machines with gentle hands

Robotic stores will, according to Motorola, revolutionise the way we buy mobile phones and to prove its point, the world’s second largest manufacturer of mobiles, unveiled its Instantmoto stores on Wednesday. However, as with all marketing speak, the description may be misleading as the ‘stores’ are actually vending machines, just like the often-kicked machines that […]

Hong Kong trials DVB-H

Hong Kong operator PCCW has expanded its existing mobile TV offering to trial Motorola’s DVB-H system for six months. The trial will run from September to March 2007 within Hong Kong’s Quarry Bay district and will include Motorola DVB-H enabled mobile devices, network solutions and interactive services platform. Back in May, PCCW began broadcasting real-time […]

Moto buys Symbol for $3.9bn

Mobile giant Motorola said on Tuesday that it had reached a deal to buy Symbol Technologies, the point-of-sale and RFID firm for $3.9bn (£2.06bn). In a statement Moto said it will pay $15 per share for Symbol. Ed Zander, Motorola’s chairman and CEO said: “Everything is going digital, and everything digital is going mobile — […]

Equity firms buy up Freescale

Motorola’s semiconductor spin-off, Freescale, on Friday announced its acquisition by a private equity consortium for a total of $17.6bn (£9.4bn). The consortium is led by The Blackstone Group, and includes The Carlyle Group, Permira Funds and Texas Pacific Group. The board of directors of Freescale has unanimously approved the merger agreement and will recommend that […]

Moto and Nokia team up on mobile TV

Mobile handset manufacturers Nokia and Motorola said on Monday that they have inked a deal to cooperate on mobile television interoperability. In a statement the firms said the aim of the deal is to achieve interoperability among the companies’ DVB-H enabled devices and network services. The handset manufacturers will work together to support solutions based […]

Moto warns on Middle East conflict

Mobile giant Motorola has warned that the war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon could disrupt its business, which has sizable manufacturing and engineering operations in Israel. The firm which employs around 3,500 employees in Israel, is believed to be the first to speak out against the war for economic reasons. It also warned that […]

Huawei says “hello Moto” over 3G partnership

Motorola and Chinese vendor Huawei are the latest manufacturers to form a partnership for equipment deployment. On Wednesday the pair announced a collaboration to combine their expertise and portfolios in UMTS and HSPA technologies. The move has something of an “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” feel about it, as Huawei has been eating […]


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