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Monday, May 18, 2009

Motorola wraps up Vodafone LTE trial; clarifies 4G position

Source: Telephony Online
Vodafone has concluded its European trial of long-term evolution technology, and at least one of the vendors has passed with flying colors, according to Motorola. While waiting for Vodafone’s decision, Motorola is reconfiguring its LTE gear in Budapest for China Mobile’s trials, preparing to launch a new trial network in Asia, and finalizing its commercial LTE product line, said Fred Wright, senior vice president and general manager of Moto’s cellular and WiMax networks group.

In an interview this week, Wright also sought to clarify CEO Greg Brown’s recent comments on Motorola’s 4G outlook. Speaking at Moto’s first-quarter earnings call in April, Brown said that the vendor was adjusting spending in WiMax and LTE research and development to reflect the current market. While it is true that Motorola is rationalizing its development spending in light of carriers lower network capex budgets this year, Wright said, Brown’s statements were misinterpreted to mean Motorola would cut its investment in the technologies themselves.

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