News Bytes: Motorola mulls WLAN unit sale; BlackBerry's death notice premature; more
>> Motorola Solutions mulls sale of wireless LAN business
Motorola Solutions, the telecom equipment and services successor of Motorola, is considering selling its wireless local area network (WLAN) business, according to a report by Reuters. Motorola's mobile phone business was spun off as Motorola Mobility and subsequently purchased by Google. The wireless LAN business, which is part of Motorola Solutions' enterprise division, has struggled to compete against big plays such as Cisco, Aruba and Hewlett-Packard. The sale would be part of a focus by the company on its core government and public safety division, the report noted. Read more on Motorola Solutions' wireless LAN business.
>> Reports of BlackBerry's death are greatly exaggerated
BlackBerry is in a healthier financial position that pundits would have you believe. At least that is the view of Carl Howe, vice president for research and data sciences at the Yankee Group. In a new report titled "BlackBerry's Actual Results Refute Rumors of its Death," Howe notes that BlackBerry has quarterly revenues of $1.6 billion and $2.6 billion in cash, has announced some recent notable customer wins such as KPMG and retains a strong reputation for security among enterprises. "We believe BlackBerry's refocusing its efforts on the enterprise market and away from the consumer one is a sound strategy and that BlackBerry still offers differentiated value for security-conscious businesses, many of which cannot accept the lower levels of security offered by competing platforms," writes Howe. Read more about Yankee's BlackBerry analysis.
>> Gen Y thumbs noses at BYOD policies, survey finds
A majority of Generation Y employees--ages 21 to 32--would violate corporate policies regarding the use of personal devices at work, according to a survey of 3,200 Gen Y employees conducted by security firm Fortinet. That number is up from 33 percent who expressed a will to violate corporate policies conducted last year by Fortinet. More than one-third of Gen Y employees surveyed this year said they would break rules prohibiting them from using personal cloud storage--such as Dropbox--for work and 48 percent said they would violate policies restricting the use of Google Glass or smartwatches at work. In addition, 14 percent of respondents said they would not tell their employer if a personal devices they used for work was compromised. Read more on the Gen Y survey.
[More on Gen Y in the workplace: Spotlight: Security breaches aren't just a Gen Y problem | Opera: Generation Y favors mobile web over desktop]
>> AT&T inks $4.9B cell tower deal
AT&T has agreed to lease the rights to 9,100 cell towers and sell another 600 towers outright to Crown Castle International for $4.85 billion in cash. AT&T will sublease capacity on the towers from Crown Castle for a minimum of 10 years for $1,900 per month per site, with annual rent increases of 2 percent. AT&T said it will lease the rights to 9,100 towers and sell 600 towers outright to Crown Castle. According to an AP report, Crown Castle can buy the 9,100 towers after the leases expire for about $4.2 billion. The average lease runs for about 28 years. AT&T will use proceeds from the deal to buy back 300 million shares of its stock, fund the $1.2 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless, and invest $11 billion to $12 billion upgrade its cellular phone system. Read more on the AT&T-Crown Castle deal.
>> T-Mobile CEO tweets about loving Samsung Note 3 from his iPhone
T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted about how he is glad that Samsung decided to bring its Note 3 phablet to the U.S. market. "I don't know what I'd do without my #Note3!," he tweeted from his new iPhone 5S, AppleInsider reports. Once Legere realized what he had done, he tweeted "oops. I carry both as you may know! That was funny." He sent a photo of his iPhone 5S, his Note 3 and a Galaxy Gear watch. However, the Note 3 was in its lock screen and the watch was just lying next to it on the table. By contrast, the iPhone was logged in, with pending notifications, multiple pages of apps and a personalized background photo. Looks like the iPhone is Legere's device of choice. Read more on Legere's gaff.