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Motorola Eulogy

Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) surprised no one by announcing that it had commenced a process to split the company into two entities: Mobile Devices and Broadband & Mobility. This comes after a long and arduous battle with activist shareholder Carl Icahn who has long argued that such a split is the only way to unlock shareholder value.

While more than a few from Wall Street have joined in the chant in recent quarters, that logic seems predicated on the assumption that Mobile Devices is somehow being hampered or held back by the strategy and objectives of the rest of the company. Once freed to “do its own thing,” or so the fairly tale goes, it will sprout wings and fly.

A handful of analysts who have watched Motorola’s death spiral over the years, me included, question that logic...

Read the entire opinion piece at Light Reading.

— Bob Faulkner, Special to Light Reading

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