Wireless Terriers

Call it Europe's revenge. For years, the Continent's high-tech giants--companies such as Olivetti, Groupe Bull, Philips Electronics, and Siemens-Nixdorf--have stumbled and stalled, helplessly watching Americans and Japanese dominate computers, chips, and consumer electronics. But a turnabout is taking place in wireless telecommunications. In the past two years, mobile communications has become one of the Continent's hottest growth industries, and as a result, Europe is taking the lead in digital wireless technology. "It's going to leave the U.S. in the dust," says Andrew Sukawaty, head of U S West Inc.'s European digital service.

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