Biography for Paul Rasmussen
Paul Rasmussen was the editor of Fierce Wireless: Europe. For the past 18 years he has been a contributor of news and analysis articles on the wireless telecoms industry to U.K., European, Japanese and U.S. magazines and specialist industry publications. His interests include classic car rallying, off shore sailing and supporting English rugby - the latter being somewhat less penalizing financially. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles by Paul Rasmussen
France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard is cautioning handset vendors that fewer consumers are willing to pay the high prices being asked for high-end smartphones, which could impact the sales of Apple iPhone and others.
Analysts at Deutsche Bank is revising its view of Alcatel-Lucent, and think the vendor now has the "key ingredients" for a turnaround, helped by the appointment of a new CEO with a track record for reducing costs.
Telefónica received a €200 million line of credit from the Canadian export agency to purchase BlackBerry handsets and services.
Telecom Italia said it has held preliminary contacts with Hutchison Whampoa to study a possible merger with its 3 Italia unit, also known as H3G.
Initial results from LTE interference tests in the UK indicate that the impact from LTE signals on digital TV reception is much lower than originally anticipated.
Analyst think thayt Nokia's lack of a smartphone offering a 5-inch screen is placing the company at the risk of missing the next big trend as consumers shift towards big-screen handhelds.
Five years ago, when FierceWireless:Europe was first launched, European voice revenue registered its first quarterly decline, the success of the iPhone seemed in the balance and WiMAX was being positioned to surpass 3G as a new mobile data standard. I make reference to this more recent history to illustrate the pace of change in the mobile industry, and to note that this will be my last editorial for the publication.
Vodafone's shares slipped more than 3 per cent after the company and Verizon Communications denied a report about plans to break up the UK-based operator.
Cisco Systems is boosting its small cell and femtocell activity by acquiring UK-based Ubiquisys for $310 million (£205 million). The deal is scheduled to close by the end of 2013 and involves a combination of cash and employee retention incentives.
TeliaSonera said it will push forward with developing the future potential of its Spanish subsidiary Yoigo after failing to attract high enough offers in a prospective sale. The company was in negotiations with Vodafone and France Telecom, with unnamed inside sources suggesting that the Swedish telco was hoping its Spanish unit could fetch around €1 billion, according to Reuters.