They are dominant. The problem is their customers have gone broke doing business with them. Motorola builds a great product, both subscriber unit and infrastructure wise, but their bullying tactics and business practices are catching up with them.Management - Motorola made the right decision by selling off the cell phone business. Now Motorola needs to reassert its dominance in the LMR sector with some compelling new ideas.
Am I the only one that thinks that the death of IDEN is the reason the LMR business is shrinking? Of course we can blame Sprint for pulling the plug... I for one don't believe that Moto should've dumped Mobility.LMR itself is a very narrow market these days. Many users of LMR have migrated to cellular and aren't looking back.
I can't speak with authority on any other systems, but I can speak with authority on mine. This statement above is dead on for us.The average Motorola Solutions P25 CAI network for a small to medium sized city/county costs 2 to 5 million dollars to procure, and $150,000 a year to maintain. These cities and counties are having to cut cost and simply cannot afford these high dollar, high maintenance LMR networks. They are also looking to the future, when the promise of LTE means lower cost MSUs and integrated advanced networks are around the corner in the next 7-10 years or even sooner.
Abso-freakin-loutly correct. Interoperability is a political buzzword. Being able to interoperate doesn't mean having to purchase expensive radios. It means having people smart enough to look at the issue and come up with a logical solution. If none of the surrounding agencies are running 700MHz P25, it is absolutely foolish for a department to run out and spend millions on such a system.So, they either make due patching and piecing a decades old system together, or replacing it with a cost effective interim solution such as DMR, NXDN or even TETRA which can cost only a couple hundred thousand to procure and only a few grand a year to operate compared to a P25 CAI network. Interoperability is a buzz word tossed around like a new fad drug at a swinger's party. It isn't as complex as some vendors make it out to be, and it doesn't mean implementing a complex large scale LMR network to achieve.
Should be interesting to see what happens. Like the big Bell's, their monopoly has a crack in it. Technology is changing and if they fail to keep up, they'll get pushed aside. Motorola's sales and marketing attitude is holding them back. They make a lot of great radios, but there are some people that need to get out of the way.Motorola Solutions is like Sears and every other American giant. They are top heavy with mid to upper management, and demand for what they have to offer is shrinking.
They will be on the auction block in 3 to 5 years. Watch and see.
iDEN killed the mom and pop SMR/radio shop back in the late 1990s when Nextel (prior to Sprint even thinking about them) wanted to compete for more consumer business and play cellphone company on SMR spectrum. I know, I worked at a local two way shop who maybe did $300K a year in sales. The owner barely made payroll. One thing he did have was a 5 channel LTR system on 800MHz on a desirable mountaintop site just north of town.Am I the only one that thinks that the death of IDEN is the reason the LMR business is shrinking? Of course we can blame Sprint for pulling the plug... I for one don't believe that Moto should've dumped Mobility.
I was thinking, maybe Motorola secretely puts the average going price into their model numbers...I have to agree with ssmith39, most public safety agencies that purchase Motorola products did so with Homeland Security and FEMA grants which are almost non-existent today. But I think another issue is in pricing, why purchase 500 XTL2500's at $2500 a piece when departments and agencies can buy Kenwood, iCOM, BK/Relm or TAIT for way less and still receive a great product? Another possibility for declining sales could be in how Motorola dictates territorial sales, stating which company can sell their product in which area. The red tape a authorized dealer has to fight with Motorola can be a beach! Be interesting to see where Motorola Solutions go in the coming months.