Motorola expects boost from public-safety broadband networks

Motorola (NASDAQ: MOT) anticipates a sales boom from U.S. cities and localities building public-safety broadband networks using LTE technology. 

The company is hoping that new devices and services, including mobile video streaming, will help spark sales of equipment for public-safety networks later this year and early next year. The firm's Enterprise Mobility business had first-quarter revenues of $1.7 billion, edging out the mobile devices unit's $1.6 billion.

"We are in discussions now with a variety of customers around the delivery of these systems," Motorola co-CEO Greg Brown told Reuters. He declined to name any specific deals. "I think it would be reasonable to expect some announcements between now and the end of the year," he said.

Motorola's plans hinge on a recent action by the FCC. The commission granted 21 conditional waivers to regional and local entities to begin building wireless broadband networks for first responders in the 700 MHz band, using LTE.

In February, Motorola announced it would break into two independent, publicly traded companies in the first quarter of 2011. Co-CEO Sanjay Jha will take over the handset and set-top box units, while Brown will run the Enterprise Mobility and Networks business, which includes the company's two-way radio, public-safety systems and wireless network infrastructure businesses.

For more:
- see this Reuters article
- see this Chicago Daily Herald article

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