Motorola buys MeshNetworks

Motorola announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire MeshNetworks, a privately held developer of mobile mesh networking and position location technologies.

Motorola announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MeshNetworks, a privately held developer of mobile mesh networking and position location technologies that allow customers to deploy Internet Protocol (IP)-based wireless broadband networks.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition, which is subject to customary conditions and approvals, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2004.

According to a statement, Motorola will now be able to provide its customers with a broader solutions portfolio to build scalable broadband wireless networks capable of delivering next generation content including data, video, location and voice over IP (VoIP) services.

“This acquisition will provide Motorola with technologies that will have a significant benefit for customers across all of our businesses ranging from mission critical and enterprise markets to automotive and home entertainment applications,” said Greg Brown, president of Motorola’s Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector (CGISS).

MeshNetworks has developed a range of mobile ad-hoc networking, broadband radio and position-location technologies that enable users of mobile communications devices to create their own self-forming and self-healing broadband networks. These networks are capable of operating even under the harshest conditions and form rapid connections among themselves without any existing network infrastructure.

The technology also enables network operators to move beyond what Motorola describes as the ‘limitations of “hotspots”‘ that typically restrict wireless service to within 300 feet of an access point, and instead build “hot zones” that offer continuous outdoor coverage over large metropolitan areas.