James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bershidsky on Europe: Nokia Goes Android

The handset unit of Finland's Nokia that's soon to become part of Microsoft, is already turning the alliance into a joke by preparing for release its first Android phone. Nokia started developing the handset before it negotiated the $7.4 billion deal with Microsoft, but it was expected to scrap it because the U.S. company primarily needed Nokia to boost the spread of its Windows Phone operating system. Nokia's bet on Windows has not worked out so far: Despite a massive marketing effort, the system's market share is about 4 percent globally, and Windows Phone is not making noticeable progress in the U.S. or China, the world's two biggest markets.