Motorola splits previously combo’d divisions

Mon, 07/28/2008 - 8:05am
Brian Santo

Twelve months after merging its cable products business and its mobile network infrastructure business, Motorola is separating them again, this time into three units.

The operation that, until a year ago, used to be the Connected Home Broadband unit will be one unit focused, as always, on home solutions, including set-top boxes, modems and gateways.

Meanwhile, the network equipment business will be split, separating 4G technologies (LTE and WiMAX) into one group and cellular technologies (CDMA, iDEN and GSM) into a third.

Dan Maloney, who had been in charge of all three businesses, will head up the 4G technologies unit. The cellular equipment division will be led by Fred Wright, and the home products group will be managed by John Burke, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

For two years, Motorola has been dragged down by steadily diminishing sales in its once high-flying handset business. Three months ago, after a long public argument with investor Carl Icahn, Motorola agreed to a plan promoted by Icahn to spin-off its flagging handset business.

The company will report its second-quarter financials later this week.

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