Motorola buys Netopia for $208M

Motorola's acquisition spree has included a mega-merger in September with its $3.9 billion buy-out of Symbol Technologies, a recent acquisition of Good Technology (which raised more than $200 million VC) for its mobile email platform--and now a $208 million buyout of DSL services company Netopia. While it's probably the smallest acquisition in terms of dollars, the Netopia deal is of most interest to the IPTV sector, since Netopia supplies AT&T with DSL modems, routers and gateways. Motorola can now offer home media hubs, voice gateways and IP-STBs to telcos. According to In-Stat analyst Michelle Abraham, the key to the deal is "Netopia's management system which will manage not only the gateways but also the devices connected to the gateways like the set top boxes Motorola offers."

For more on the Netopia acquisition:
- see this press release
- check out this article from Internet News