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Motorola signs frame agreement with China Mobile

Motorola has announced that it has signed a one-year frame agreement with China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC) to provide wireless equipment and services. The frame agreement’s projected shipment and services value is estimated to be USD310 million. Under the deal Motorola will supply GSM/GPRS/EDGE infrastructure and related services in various markets already served by its radio infrastructure equipment. The kit will be used by China Mobile to provide voice and data capacity and will ensure interoperability between the cellco’s GSM and TD-SCDMA networks. ‘Motorola has worked with China Mobile for more than 20 years,’ said Dr. Mohammad Akhtar, vice president and general manager of Home and Networks Mobility, Motorola China. ‘As a long-term strategic partner of China Mobile, Motorola is proud to continue being a part of its growth. Motorola has always been an innovator and pioneer in the mobile telecoms industry. With the comprehensive end-to-end portfolio that covers 2G, 3G and LTE, Motorola stands ready to support China Mobile in building a state-of-the-art network that maximises investments and delivers the most appealing communications experiences to its end users at home and on-the-go.’

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May 14, 2009 at 23:50 Leave a comment

Android Smartphone Shipments to Grow Faster Than Apple’s iPhone

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global Android smartphone shipments will grow 900 percent in 2009. Healthy support from operators, vendors and developers is driving adoption. Apple iPhone OS will be the next fastest-growing smartphone operating system in 2009, with a 79 percent growth rate. Tom Kang, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “We forecast global Android smartphone shipments to grow an impressive 900 percent annually during 2009. The Android mobile operating system from Google gained early traction in the United States in the second half of 2008 and it is gradually spreading its presence into Europe and Asia during 2009. Android is expanding from a low base and it is consequently outgrowing the iPhone OS from Apple, which we estimate will grow at a relatively lower 79 percent annually in 2009.”Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Android has fast been winning healthy support among operators, vendors and developers. A relatively low-cost licensing model, its semi-open-source structure and Google’s support for cloud services have encouraged companies such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, T Mobile, Vodafone and others to support the Android operating system. Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years.”

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May 11, 2009 at 23:07 Leave a comment

MTNL set for India’s first commercial 3G launch

Despite ongoing delays in the auction process for 3G spectrum in India, Mahanagar Nigam Telecom Ltd (MTNL) looks set to become the first operator to launch UMTS services commercially, the Economic Times reports. The state-owned telco has announced that it will launch its next generation services, offered under the Jadoo brand, on 5 February in central Delhi, including the Connaught Place, India Gate, Pragati Madan, Delhi Gate and Minto Road areas. US-based Motorola has been contracted to roll out the new core network. The launch comes after MTNL was allocated 3G spectrum at the end of 2008, giving it a head start over other operators, which are still waiting for the government to finalise 3G policy. Fellow state-run operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd is the only other company that has been given frequencies for 3G services, and is expected to launch commercially in the near future.

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February 5, 2009 at 18:39 Leave a comment

Motorola posts massive loss as handset sales plummet

US-based equipment manufacturer Motorola has reported a massive USD3.58 billion loss for the fourth quarter of 2008 caused by large write-downs and restructuring costs as the firm attempts to turn its business around. In the same period in 2007 Motorola saw a net profit of USD100 million. Turnover for 4Q 2008 dropped 26% year-on-year to USD7.14 billion, with the company saying this was ‘primarily attributable to lower sales of mobile devices’. It shipped 19.2 million handsets in the three months to end-December 2008, less than half the 40.9 million shipped a year before. The vendor is predicting further losses in 1Q 2009. Meanwhile, Motorola has also announced the departure of chief financial officer Paul Liska. Senior VP and corporate controller Edward Fitzpatrick has assumed the position of acting CFO until a permanent replacement can be found.

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February 4, 2009 at 16:56 Leave a comment

Motorola Reports Quarterly Loss of $3.6 Billion – Seeks Replacement CFO

Motorola has reported that it generated sales of US$7.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008 – and a net loss of US$3.6 billion, driven mainly by write-downs of goodwill and an increase in deferred tax asset valuation reserves. During the quarter, the Company generated positive operating cash flow of $201 million.For the full year 2008, sales were $30.1 billion, and the net loss was US$2.4 billion.The Company’s outlook for the first quarter is a loss of around US$250-$300 million. This outlook excludes charges associated with the Company’s operating expense reduction initiatives, as well as any other items of the variety typically highlighted by the Company in its quarterly earnings releases.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors voted to suspend the declaration of quarterly cash dividends on the Company’s common stock, effective immediately. The Board believes suspending the dividend will further strengthen the Company’s balance sheet and enhance its financial flexibility.

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February 4, 2009 at 14:35 Leave a comment

Motorola opens LTE trial network, test lab in the UK

US-based hardware vendor Motorola has announced that it has launched a trial Long Term Evolution (LTE) network and testing lab in Swindon, UK. Motorola said that the launch was marked with a live, over the air, standards compliant LTE call during which high speed data services were streamed using the company’s LTE infrastructure operating in the 2.6GHz spectrum and a prototype LTE device. The expansion of Motorola’s LTE trial facilities will reportedly offer operators the ability to engage in LTE technology field trials and detailed real-world equipment testing at the UK site. Additionally, Motorola has said it can host the core elements of the LTE network for operators that require a hosted LTE trial. It is understood that the LTE lab will see Motorola engineers work on LTE radio frequency and self organising network (SON) development. Motorola’s first commercial release of LTE solutions is expected later this year, and will reportedly include products for both the 700MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands.

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February 2, 2009 at 20:04 Leave a comment

Vodafone Expands Mobile Advertising in Greece and Netherlands

Mobile advertising agency, MADS says that it has won contracts from Vodafone Netherlands and Vodafone Greece to integrate mobile adverts within their Vodafone live! portals. We selected MADS because of their ability to power multi-channel and targeted ad delivery and their ability to provide innovative solutions and fast time to market, states Nils Rouwendal, Manager of Mobile Marketing at Vodafone Netherlands.

Johnson & Johnson, Nokia, EA games, Volkswagen, Nivea, Citroen, Motorola, Coca-Cola, LG and other premium brands have already launched successful advertising campaigns on Vodafone mobile channels. Research has proven that mobile advertising allows brands to target consumers in a very personal way, resulting in significantly higher response and click-through-rates compared to traditional online advertising.

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January 29, 2009 at 14:19 Leave a comment

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