More ratings-agency woe for Nokia: Following on from last July's downgrading of its debt by Moody's Investors Service , Standard & Poor’s has now taken it another rung further down the credibility ladder, to "BBB-" from "BBB." This means it is just one level above "junk" status, in S&P's eyes. The Business Risk Assessment grading has also slipped to "fair" from "satisfactory." In a statement accompanying the judgement, S&P said: "...we are uncertain about the extent to which revenue growth from higher-priced Lumia smartphones can offset a potentially rapid decline in revenues from smartphones based on the Symbian operating system." (See Euronews: Nokia Nearly Junk, Nokia Ends 2011 on a Low and Nokia Ships First Windows Phone to Europe .)
A survey of U.K. broadband users by comparison website ISP Review has found that around three-quarters of them would be happy to pay more for "super-fast" speeds, which in this instance means downlink speeds of at least 25 Mbit/s. However, more than half of them cited a lack of availability as being the main obstacle to higher-speed nirvana. (See ISPs Shamed by UK Broadband Speed Tests.)
"Hello darling, it's me, I'm under the sea..." Such proclamations are surely on the way as the mobile signal reaches passengers traveling in the Channel Tunnel (that links France with the U.K.) for the first time in July, reports The Guardian. Eurotunnel, which operates the tunnel, has done a deal with four mobile operators, including Orange France and Iliad (Euronext: ILD)'s Free. Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) provided the know-how behind the breakthrough.