Motorola Sheds Fiber-to-the-Node Product Group

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Motorola announced Tuesday that it has divested its fiber-to-the-node product family to Communications Test Design Inc., an engineering, repair and logistics company, for an undisclosed amount.

The sale, effective July 2, will enable "both companies to focus on technologies that will grow their businesses and position their customers for success in the long term," Motorola said in a statement.

Motorola's telco-focused FTTN unit, located in Lowell, Mass., had operated within its Home & Networks Mobility business. The company declined to disclose how many employees were in the FTTN product group.

"Motorola's
business focus has shifted from legacy FTTN networks to new deployments
of fiber-to-the-premises technology by Tier 1 telco customers around
the world," Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president and general
manager of Access Networks Solutions in Motorola's Home and Networks
Mobility group, said in a statement. "This is an opportunity for Motorola's current FTTN
customers to receive ongoing service and support and a growth path for
FTTN and for Motorola to focus on next-generation FTTP technology."

Motorola's FTTN product line was first made available in 1998, and was part of some of the first widely deployed video-over-DSL services in the North American telco TV market.

CTDI, based in West Chester, Pa., operates 42 international repair and logistics locations supported by more than 3,500 telecommunications professionals.

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