India to be first country to enjoy cost benefits through local production of Reach Strongbox enclosures
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced a new commercial and production strategy which aims to reduce initial network rollout costs by having elements of its Reach GSM portfolio manufactured locally.
The Reach Strongbox, a DC Outdoor Enclosure for Motorola's Horizon II macro BTS, will be the first product delivered under this strategy. Phased deployments of over 1,300 units have been started in India to serve major cellular operators in the local market.
This localized production approach brings benefits for cost of production and lower duties & taxes. Motorola will also roll out this strategy to other markets including China and Africa.
"The strategy to produce portions of the Reach GSM equipment locally demonstrates our commitment and investment to providing low-cost solutions for rural and urban cellsite deployments," said Mohammad Akhtar, vice president, global product management GSM/UMTS, Motorola Sales and Services, Inc.
The Reach Strongbox solution also allows a full 2G to 3G upgrade by being able to house the Motorola Horizon 3G-n Node B or combined 2G and 3G operation using a 3G-n Fiber upgrade to the Strongbox enclosure.
Besides this clear upgrade path, Reach GSM provides high flexibility at lower cost by delivering low-entry cost network solutions with scalable voice coverage and capacity, support for data services, and sustained low operating expenses.
The Reach GSM portfolio is part of Motorola's commitment to connect the next billion, said Akhtar. "Motorola is turning that vision into reality in both emerging and developed markets by delivering connectivity experiences across all aspects of people's lives, allowing people to take the experiences that are important to them wherever they go," said Akhtar.
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