Motorola has created a business unit to focus on voice and data integration, and to ensure that its sibling divisions follow industry standards.
Called the Internet and networking group (ING), the division replaces the information systems group, and is part of Motorola?s communications enterprise (CE) subsidiary.
Motorola formed CE as part of a global restructuring effort to separate its ?customer facing? business from its semiconductor interests. This also means it will axe 15,000 jobs over 12 months, largely because of the world?s nosediving semiconductor industry. However, it is understood that the cuts will also affect the company?s paging and cellular businesses.
Despite the cuts, Motorola said it plans to grow from a $30 billion organisation to a #100 billion force in around 10 years. A target of $50 billion is set for around five years' time.
Marc Gee, ING marketing director for the Emea region, explained: ?ING is the glue that pulls all the other businesses together.? It will focus on convergence technologies, and will continue to develop boxes that enable users to plug in cards that integrate their existing video, voice and data environments. ING will also check that its sister units follow industry standards and architectures when developing products.
Said Gee: ?ING specialises in edge technologies which plug into legacy systems. We are not in Lans, so do not compete with 3Com or Bay, and we are not in the backbone area competing with Cisco. We create phone systems which enable users to plug their NT servers, IP and telephony products into one box.?
ING comprises four units - corporate networking, broadband communications such as cable modems, wireless content services and platform services. Europe will be served by the first two, but the lack of market demand means the others will not be extended here immediately.
The platform services section will embrace Motorola?s recent acquisition of Starfish, developer of software for wireless devices.
Today, CE pulls in $22 billion worth of revenues, around $250 million of which is from the Emea region. Other units include the personal communications sector, which deals with pagers and cellular phones; the network management group, which holds Motorola?s satellite interests such as the Iridium network; and the commercial government and industrial solutions operations.
Also, a network solutions unit manufactures satellite technology, such as GSM/satellite portable phones; while the global telecomms solutions group manages telcos as worldwide corporate accounts, rather than as local entities.
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