Following Friday's news that Ed Zander would be leaving the CEO post at Motorola, irrepressible Motorola investor Carl Icahn already is calling for the company to be broken up into four separate firms-a mobile device company, an enterprise mobility firm, a connected-home company, and a mobile network equipment vendor. Purely from a wireline point of view, we would be most interested in connected-home company, since presumably that would include a lot of the IPTV and IP edge-related investments and acquisitions Motorola has made in recent years.
We always thought the growing series of connected-home properties might help balance out Motorola's exposure to the wild roller-coaster ride in the device market, while bringing a broad variety of technologies and products from smaller companies under the household name of Motorola. The company hasn't made any decisions about the future yet, but perhaps Icahn's idea will gain steam.
- read this story in CNET
- Motorola announced Zander's departure last Friday