The loss this quarter includes charges incurred by a $1.3bn defaulted loan to the Turkish mobile network operator Telsim Mobil Telekomunikasyon Hizmetleri, as well as investment write-downs and cost-reduction activities.
For the first three quarters, the company made a net loss of $2.7bn (£1.2bn), compared to a net profit of $1.18bn in the same period last year. Sales totalled $22.68bn in the first nine months of the year, 17.5% lower than the $27.5bn for the first nine months of the 2000 financial year, according to a company statement.
Handset sales were down 16% from the year-earlier period; telecommunication infrastructure sales were down 10%; broadband sales were down 31% and semiconductor sales were down 48%.
Motorola has announced 32,000 job cuts since December 2000, either from outsourcing production to electronics manufacturers such as Celestica, or through staff reductions.