The Breakup of Motorola

A year from now, Motorola will be a shadow of its former self

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Once one of the most important technology companies in the world, U.S.-based Motorola was a leader in semiconductors, televisions, radios, cellular networks, and cellphones. All but the last two lines are spun off and gone, and on 19 July, Nokia Siemens announced it will acquire Motorola’s wireless infrastructure division. With a spin off of the handset division expected, Motorola will soon be a small company operating in small niches such as government services and two-way radios. Host Steven Cherry talks with Yankee Group analyst Ken Rehbehn about what’s left of Motorola and what Nokia Siemens’s purchase means for emerging fourth-generation network technologies.

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Moto Rola

Motorola announced today that it would split into two companies, one for handsets, the other for, well, everything else. You can be forgiven for not knowing which of those two parts isn't doing well -- it's the one you see every day in people's hands as they walk down the street making phone calls. The everything else part, which Bloomberg (â''â''Motorola to Split Into Two After Phone Sales Slideâ'') summarized as "network equipment, cable TV set-top boxes and two-way radios," is doing fine. Handset manufacturing is the most visible part of Motorola, but it's hardly the biggest.

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Siemens and Nokia Hook Up

Technology giants Nokia Corp. and Siemens AG announced today that they will merge their wireless phone networks in a deal estimated at about US $30 billion by analysts. The combined operation—to be split 50-50—will be called Nokia Siemens Networks.

The companies cited the scale and reach of their respective fixed and mobile product platforms and services as the rationale behind the massive joint venture. They also said the arrangement will create one of the world's best research and development teams. Siemens and Nokia are leaders in global market share for wireless …

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