Has Motorola Found Its Cable Guy?

Buying GI would give it broadband clout

Inside the labs of Motorola Inc., engineers have spent the past few years on "Cable Comm," a plan to cook up strategies and technology to use cable-TV networks to handle high-speed digital communications. With cable lines passing by more than 75% of U.S. homes, Motorola grasped that the networks would be able to cash in on the convergence of voice, video, and data services in the home. "The greatest growth opportunities in telecom are in wireless and broad bandwidth," says Christopher B. Galvin, Motorola's CEO. "We're implementing a strategy to win."

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