Motorola Forms New Design, Support Unit

Motorola Inc. is jumping into the design-services and network-management support game with a new business group.

The newly formed Motorola NETsolutions Group division, a unit within Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector, will focus on helping network operators to design and deploy advanced services ranging from Internet-protocol telephony to video-on-demand.

That includes engineering, consulting and technical support offered through two basic services -- "NETadvantage Services," offering design and deployment help to operators, and "Network Support Services," offering support for maintaining networks.

Jann Mellman, formerly vice president and general manager for Motorola's broadband unit in Latin America, has been tabbed to head up the new service unit as vice president and general manager.

"As broadband systems get larger and services and architecture become more complex, operators are recognizing the value of turning to a trusted resource like Motorola," Mellman said in a release.

"With the Motorola NETsolutions support, operators can build and/or expand their networks and launch new services more quickly and cost-efficiently than they could on their own," he added. "This can translate into cost savings, along with earlier revenue flows, increased customer satisfaction and less headaches."