Motorola considering Japanese partnership deal

3 Feb 2006

US handset maker Motorola is mulling a possible tie-up with a Japanese manufacturer in order to launch new ‘appealing’ mobile phones in the country and hopefully boost its presence there. The Chicago-based company doubled its earnings in 2005 and increased sales by 18%, and is now looking to ramp up its activities in what it sees as one of the world’s most sophisticated mobile markets. Japan accounts for less than 10% of the world’s mobile phone demand, but is at the bleeding edge of the global shift towards high speed wireless services. Several foreign manufacturers have attempted to make their mark in Japan but have struggled to make their designs appealing to Japanese tastes.