Motorola is likely to sell off its telecomms services arm, Motorola Telco.
Graham Ward, general manager at Telco, said: ?The intention is to review the business and look to see whether it would be best served with a different owner.?
He said the company would consider many options, including partnerships but ?the expectation is that the business will be divested", continued Ward.
Motorola has appointed investment bank Morgan Stanley to approach interested parties, which could include investors or other service providers or operators.
Ward said the parent company wants to concentrate on its core business of developing telecomms equipment such as handsets.
Telco was established initially in the UK in 1985 and now runs offices in Belgium, France and Germany, serving a total of 450,000 subscribers. It is part of Motorola?s cellular subscriber sector business, which develops mobile handsets. Telco prides itself on being one of a few airtime service providers that is not owned by a mobile operator. It employs 500 staff across Europe.
The unit is the latest in a line of subsidiaries that Motorola has shed - or wants to. Its memory, retail modem and server businesses have already been affected.
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