Motorola LTE: It’s Not Dead Yet!

[qi:gigaom_icon_lte] Just three days after an analyst questioned Motorola’s (s mot) ability to win any business selling Long Term Evolution equipment (something I had been asking the company about as well), the vendor said it won a contract to provide LTE equipment to Japan’s KDDI. This is the first LTE customer win for Motorola. KDDI, which also operates a WiMAX network, will conduct trials around 2010, and says the commercial launch of the network will take place in December 2012. This is good news for Motorola, which has seen rivals Alcatel-Lucent (s alu) and Ericsson (s eric) win contracts for other major LTE deployments.