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Euronews: Slim's Stealthy Expansion

Paul Rainford

KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Orange (NYSE: FTE) hog the headlines in today's trip to EMEA telecom central.

  • Shares in Dutch incumbent KPN fell to a six-week low amid speculation that Carlos Slim might cancel his bid for 27.7 percent of the company after managing to acquire a 21 percent stake on the markets, reports Reuters. Investors have clearly ignored KPN's pleas for them not to sell their shares to América Móvil S.A. de C.V. , the Latin American giant owned by Slim. (See Euronews: Slim Makes His Move on KPN and Slim's Dutch Drama .)

  • The news that current Windows Phone Nokia handsets, such as the flagship Lumia models, won't be upgradeable to the forthcoming Windows Phone 8 operating system has prompted analysts at Nomura International to cut their estimates of Nokia's handset revenues to €6 billion (US$7.5 billion) next year, from an earlier estimate of €10.9 billion ($13.6 billion), reports Bloomberg. (See Euronews: You're on Your Own, Govt Tells Nokia, Nokia Poll Update: Farewell Independence? and Nokia Cuts 10,000 Jobs, Restructures.)

  • France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard has made it clear that neither he nor his counterpart at Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) are particularly interested in selling EE , the pair's U.K. mobile joint venture, reports Reuters. Last week Reuters said that Tom Alexander, the former CEO of Everything Everywhere, had approached private equity groups with a view to launching a bid for the operator. (See Euronews: Big Hitters Back $12.5B Mobile Bid.)

  • Is this what those beardy scientists mean when they talk about galaxies exploding? Samsung Corp. is looking into claims that one of its shiny new Galaxy III smartphones blew up while mounted on a user's car dashboard in Ireland, reports Reuters. (See Samsung's Big Bang: 5 US Carriers Get the S III, Samsung Galaxy S III Hits EMEA and Samsung's New Galaxy: A Data Hog Approaches.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    Anne Morris
    Anne Morris,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:29:26 PM
    re: Euronews: Slim's Stealthy Expansion

    How much more can Nokia take? Just been reading previous comments on LR about the WP8 fiasco too...what a PR disaster for MS and Nokia.

    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:29:23 PM
    re: Euronews: Slim's Stealthy Expansion

    Nokia was dead the day Elop announced the move to WP.  WP has hardly any market share and any increase it saw was mainly at the cost of WM.  So in the end, Microsoft is not making much headway.  Why move to a platform that has hardly anything sales wise; they have been at 10 million handsets sales a year; that is where they started at the end of the first full year and on target to end there at the end of year two.  That is not growth at all and overall, the market share it held went from 2.6% to 1.9% last quarter.  All Nokia did was enter a market space where all of the vendors are vying for a piece of that 10 million sales a year.  Nokia has just pulled sales from HTC and Samsung while enticing a few new customers to buy the phone.  Elop was counting on the current customer base to follow.  If the current customer base wanted a Microsoft based phone, they would have been using WM.  So why would they follow when they clearly made that decision to forgo a Microsoft OS to begin with?


    The only hope for Nokia, their stock price needs to fall below 1.00 and be delisted.  At which point the board and the shareholders will have no option but to call for Elop to be fired immediately.  The shareholders will see no value in Microsoft buying Nokia as the share price is already so low that the shareholders will see losses.  The only value the shareholders can hope for is that a new CEO will have a vision and a plan to dig Nokia out of the hole Elop has put it in.  Even the board stands to lose as they stock options will be worthless as well as their current stock.

    Nokia announced they hired Elop on 09/10/2010.  The closing price was 7.91, the closing price on 06/21/2012 was 1.93.  So in his nearly two years there, they lost around 6.00 and their market share has severely dropped.  He has been a failure, it is time to move on and find a new CEO.  Right now, no CEO would be better than Elop.

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