2014 Offers Challenging Outlook for Kim

first_img Analysis & Opinion 2014 Offers Challenging Outlook for Kim Kim Jong Eun, who recently marked the endof his second year in power, has a handful of accomplishments to point to as his own. These include the construction of leisure facilities, primarily in Pyongyang, and more than a dozen (as yet wholly unfulfilled) special economic development areas aroundthe country. 2014 looks set to offer the Kim regime a different spectrum of challenge. All the signs suggest that the next year will have to be spent establishing KimJong Il-style “monolithic rule” to shore up domestic cohesion in thewake of Jang Song Taek’s execution earlier this month. Of course, Kim-led construction projects will continue in 2014, but the post-purgeiron fist will also dominate.Along with purging Jang’s people ona significant scale, this will require Kim to generate personal loyalty in theelite. It is assumed that he will continue replacing Party, military andadministrative cadres as a way of achieving this goal. Over the last two years,Kim has appointed wave after wave of new military personnel. In the process,around half of North Korea’s core military officials have been reshuffled, removed and/or replaced.As a new dictator must, Kim Jong Eun has broughtin new people who owe their success to him personally. Among the eightelites who walked with Kim Jong Il’s hearse in December 2011, the majority hasbeen replaced. This includes all four of the military figures who walked on the left flank of the vehicle: Ri Yong Ho, Kim Yong Chun, Kim Jong Gak and Woo Dong Cheuk.Arguably most oddly, the Ministry of People’s Armed Forcesportfolio has been transferred no fewer than four times in those twoyears: from Kim Yong Chun to Kim Jong Gak to Kim Kyok Sik to Jang Jong Nam. Byway of comparison, during Kim Il Sung’s 46-year rule five people held the samepost. In Kim Jong Il’s 17 years there were just three. The process under KimJong Eun has seemed rather impromptu and reactive, though it also acts to stop factional formation. 44% of frontline military cadres have alsobeen reshuffled.In the security forces,Kim Won Hong has emerged atthe head of the Ministry of State Security, as has Kim Chang Sop inthe political section of the same agency. The leadership is no doubt awarethat it will need the unconditional and instant compliance of the securityforces if it is to maintain control over society in the coming year(s) of flux.Within the Party itself, it is noticeablethat persons affiliated with security matters, such as First-Vice Director of the Party Organization andGuidance Department Jo Yon Jun and Political Director of the Ministry of PublicSecurity Ri Pyong Sam, have also seen their status rise. These people are well positioned to transfer Jang Song Taek’s previous domain, the Party AdministrativeDepartment, back under the auspices of the Organization and Guidance Department, thusrecentralizing power and cementing Kim Jong Eun’s domain.This rapid fire reshuffling process showsthat while Kim Jong Eun may have ridden in on the coattails of Kim Il Sung and Kim JongIl, he is aware that he must construct his own security. Perhaps inevitably, in contrastwith Kim Jong Il, who seized power in a calm and orderly fashion over manyyears, Kim Jong Eun has worked quickly and without finesse, suggesting a measure of internal insecurity.While fear is an effective tool in regime consolidationover the short term, it isn’t going to improve Kim’s judgment whenfaced with the challenge of balancing competing cadres in 2014. In the wake of theexecution of Jang Song Taek, senior military and Party cadres have been explicitly incentivized to competitively idolize Kim. If the leader cannot restore orderto political affairs, this will have a negative impact on the durability of the regime.One North Korea expert commented to DailyNK, “The key questions for the security of the Kim regime in 2014 are itsability to seize power over the Party, military and Cabinet, and whether this systemcan be brought into being harmoniously. Kim Jong Eun will have to focus on thepolitics of fear to get complete control over North Korea’s power elite.”However, Yoo Dong Yeol of the Police ScienceInstitute warned, “The inducement of loyalty via a reign of terror gives theappearance of stability over the short term, but it also risks increasing internal dissatisfaction,and as this internal unrest stacks up over the longer term, his power can weaken.” By Daily NK – 2013.12.31 9:56pm SHARE Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinioncenter_img Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

Important measures taken in 2020 to protect Southern Resident killer whales remain in effect

first_imgImportant measures taken in 2020 to protect Southern Resident killer whales remain in effect From: Transport CanadaThe Government of Canada is committed to taking action to support the survival and recovery of the Southern Resident killer whale, an endangered species that has cultural significance for Indigenous peoples and coastal communities in British Columbia (B.C.).The Government of Canada is committed to taking action to support the survival and recovery of the Southern Resident killer whale, an endangered species that has cultural significance for Indigenous peoples and coastal communities in British Columbia (B.C.).Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced that vessels are still prohibited from approaching any killer whale within a 400 metre distance in B.C. coastal waters between Campbell River and Ucluelet until May 31, 2021. Canada’s Marine Mammal Regulations, which require maintaining 200 metres away from killer whales off the coast of B.C., continue to apply year-round.From June 1 to November 30, 2020, three Interim Sanctuary Zones were created where Southern Resident killer whales were safe from boats and where fishing was not permitted. These zones gave the whales space to better socialize and kept the three pregnant females safe from human interactions. Only Indigenous peoples exercising their existing rights, vessels responding to boating emergencies, vessels accessing local residences or establishments, and human-powered vessels (kayaks, paddle boards, etc.) navigating within 20 metres of the shoreline were permitted in these zones. The Government of Canada also took additional action this year through the Whales Initiative to further promote the development of new technologies and quiet vessel designs, and reduce human-made underwater noise. This included deployment of an underwater listening station at Boundary Pass by JASCO Applied Sciences in May.The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-led Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program also coordinated three voluntary initiatives to reduce underwater noise from large commercial vessels in known Southern Resident killer whale feeding areas. Voluntary ship slowdowns took place in Haro Strait and Boundary Pass, as well as a new trial area in Swiftsure Bank. Tug operators were also requested to move away from known feeding areas in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Record participation rates of over 80% were documented in all three voluntary initiatives.Educational work done by the Pacific Whale Watch Association, along with individual whale watchers and eco-tourism operators also contributed to this year’s success. Their commitment to not offering tours – or observations – of Southern Resident killer whales (focusing rather on Bigg’s killer whales, humpback whales and other marine mammals),was an important contribution to recovery efforts. .The 2020 measures resulted in more than 155 enforcement actions. The limited number of repeat violations reflects a successful educational campaign for boaters during the year. In addition to on-the-water efforts by enforcement officers, virtual outreach and education took place through webinars, online events and social media. Parks Canada’s Outreach Team also reached over 4,800 people through online interpretive programs about Southern Resident killer whales.Ensuring the survival and recovery of the Southern Resident killer whales can only be done in partnership. The Government of Canada continues to work with private, not for profit, and Indigenous partners in Canada, and with federal officials, state officials and non-government organizations in the United States.Quotes“The Government of Canadaremains committed to the long-term survival and recovery of the iconic SouthernResident killer whale population. Working together with Indigenous partners,the whale-watching industry, the marine shipping industry, and by investing innew technology, we have had a successful second year of protective measures andseen the birth of two new calves. We look forward to continued collaborationwith our partners to ensure the well-being of these animals, and to reducethreats to their recovery.”TheHonourable Marc GarneauMinister ofTransport“Our Government continues to take strong action, through increased science investments and mitigation measures, to protect our Southern Resident killer whales. The success of these measures is only possible because of the hard work and cooperation of our many industry partners and coastal First Nations. Through our combined efforts, we will continue to protect this species, and work toward its recovery in the long-term.The Honourable Bernadette JordanMinister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast GuardQuick factsThe 2020 measures reflect advice from First Nations, the Southern Resident killer whale Technical Working Groups, the Indigenous and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group, and from public consultations.This year saw the successful birth of two Southern Resident killer whale calves, increasing the population to 74.The $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, the $167.4 million Whales Initiative and a further investment of $61.5 million, specific to Southern Resident killer whales, all support work to address key threats to Southern Resident killer whales.In 2019, the Government of Canada signed a five-year agreement with industry partners that are part of the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation Program, that sees large commercial vessels operating in Southern Resident killer whale critical habitat voluntarily developing and implementing threat reduction measures to support whale recovery.Parks Canada’s Outreach Team delivers online and in-person educational programs to encourage Canadians to learn about the endangered Southern Resident killer whales and to take actions to help protect this iconic species. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, Canada, education, Fisheries, Government, Indigenous, industry, Investment, Jordan, Minister, public consultation, shipping industry, social media, technology, Transport, United Stateslast_img read more

Online abuse in workplace – new fact sheets

first_imgOnline abuse in workplace – new fact sheets New fact sheets providing practical steps to support persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) (such as employers) and workers to prevent online abuse in the workplace have been developed by Safe Work Australia and eSafety.What is online abuse?Online abuse is behavior that uses technology to threaten, intimidate, bully, harass or humiliate someone. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:abuse, Australia, behavior, business, esafety, Government, health and safety, Internet, online, Safe Work Australia, technologylast_img read more

Anarchist Wine Co., Founded on a Passion for Creative Offerings, Debuts…

first_img Previous articleIntegrated Beverage Group Announced LifeVine® WineNext articleHow Can Wineries Reach Millennials? Personal Experience & Shipping Convenience Press Release Home Industry News Releases Anarchist Wine Co., Founded on a Passion for Creative Offerings, Debuts Enticing…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessAnarchist Wine Co., Founded on a Passion for Creative Offerings, Debuts Enticing Releases in Its New Napa Tasting RoomBy Press Release – March 26, 2019 276 0 Linkedin Facebook Twitter TAGSAnarchist Wine Co.ConsumerThe Wine Foundry Share Pinterest ReddIt AdvertisementDeclaring independence from conformity, Anarchist Wine Co. recently released its fresh and innovative lineup of wines challenging the status quo. Anarchist Wine Co. began as a project at The Wine Foundry in Napa, which specializes in ultra-premium custom-made wines. Alongside The Wine Foundry’s small lot luxury wine production, the winemaking team began experimenting with co-fermentations and unusual blends, creating sensational results. What started as an exploratory project emerged as Anarchist Wine Co., formed with a mission to push the limits of conventional winemaking while dragging Napa’s lofty pricing habits back to earth.Through the creative process of erasing boundaries and breaking with convention, each Anarchist Wine Co. wine takes on its own personality. Releases include the flagship white blend, The Anarchist, audaciously created with six white grape varieties, three of which are co-fermented; The Philosopher, a two-time double gold and 98-point winner of a forward-thinking Cabernet Sauvignon blend; Conspiracy Theory, an opulent Rhône-inspired red blend holding many secrets; and fan favorite Rosé Against the Machine, a thrilling shift in the pink wine paradigm.With an array of compelling wines in the lineup, Anarchist Wine Co. also sports a series of award-winning artistic labels reflecting the creative process and the personality of each wine. Each label draws on an art form called “Generative Art,” which uses an algorithm incorporating data from people and places that capture the spirit behind each individual wine. For example, the label for The Philosopher draws on data from the lives of consequential philosophers and employs an algorithm to reveal that data as art. The resulting label art both embraces and stands up to the quality and innovation behind each wine in the Anarchist Wine Co. family.Anarchist Wine Co. will celebrate its official launch on April 6, 2019, at its new tasting room located in the Village at Vista Collina Resort in southern Napa, 850 Bordeaux Way, Suite 9, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Guests will explore the mysteries of developing wines through barrel samples and enjoy sneak peaks of Anarchist Wine Co.’s upcoming releases, including the 2018 Rage Against the Machine and 2018 Guns & Rosé. To RSVP for the launch party, visit bit.ly/AWCLAUNCH. For more information or to order wines, visit www.anarchistwineco.com.About The Wine FoundryThe Wine Foundry provides a turn-key solution for custom small lot wine production, offering a full range of services for wine enthusiasts, vineyard owners, and entrepreneurs, including everything from grapes sourced from Napa’s most prestigious vineyards to label design and e-commerce solutions for direct to consumer sales. Anarchist Wine Co. is the second brand launched by The Wine Foundry following the success of its allocation brand,Foundry Wines (www.foundrywines.com), also available in the tasting room. For more information visit www.thewinefoundry.com or write to [email protected] Emaillast_img read more

Civil Servants Urged to Commit to Improving Service Delivery

first_imgAs the nation’s civil servants celebrate Civil Service Week 2013, Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders is urging them to place special emphasis on improving the level of customer service to the public.Ambassador Saunders, who is head of the civil service, noted that while public servants face constraints with respect to resources such as equipment, they should commit to enhancing service delivery.“It is true that service can be enhanced by having tools, which would assist and expedite things but most importantly, is how we as individuals relate and treat the people we serve. That is all of Jamaica. It includes our families, our relatives and ourselves…. I just really want us to proceed immediately with emphasis on that part of it because it is within our power to do so,” he said.Ambassador Saunders was speaking at the launch of Civil Service Week on November 15 at the Bank of Jamaica Auditorium in Kingston. The week is being celebrated under the theme ‘Transformation and Renewal for a Better Tomorrow.’The Cabinet Secretary told the civil servants that they need to be very conscious of the fact that many Jamaicans are “going through very difficult times” and anything they are able to do at a personal level to ameliorate that kind of difficulty will be “very much appreciated by the persons we serve.”Ambassador Saunders informed that a number of initiatives are underway, which are aimed at significantly enhancing efficiencies in the civil service, one of which is a shared corporate services arrangement among government entities. He explained that pilots are currently underway and the service should roll out in the new financial year.Long serving employee of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Enthrose Angella Campbell, was named the 2013 Civil Servant of the Year. The other nominees were Director, Corporate Planning and Performance Monitoring at the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dawn Elizabeth Ann Smith; Acting Director Human Resource Development, Accountant General’s Department, Yvette Alexia Harriott; and Director of Transport Policy Unit (Land, Air and Maritime), Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Valerie Anne Simpson.Civil Service Week 2013 is being celebrated from November 17 to 22.  The week began with a church service at the Tarrant Baptist Church; a Charity Walk onNovember 18; Exposition in the Park on November 19; Jamaica Civil Service Long Service Awards on  November 20; Ministries’ In House Activities and Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) Secondary School Quiz Competition on November 21; and on November 22, Brain Games and Afterwork Lyme on the roof top of the National Housing Trust car park. RelatedJamaica Remains on Course for Drawdown from IMF RelatedPIOJ at Halfway Point in Phase Two of Climate Change Project RelatedJCSA to Host Expositions in Kingston and St. James Story HighlightsAmbassador Saunders, who is head of the civil service, noted that while public servants face constraints with respect to resources such as equipment, they should commit to enhancing service delivery.Long serving employee of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Enthrose Angella Campbell, was named the 2013 Civil Servant of the Year. Civil Service Week 2013 is being celebrated from November 17 to 22center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Civil Servants Urged to Commit to Improving Service Delivery Finance & Public ServiceNovember 19, 2013Written by: Andrea Braham Advertisementslast_img read more

Lions Roar – Saturday, August 24, 2019

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsLions Roar – Saturday, August 24, 2019 Aug. 24, 2019 at 5:00 amColumnsCommunityNewsLions Roar – Saturday, August 24, 2019Guest Author2 years agocommunityCulver CityHealth Care ProjectHelpSanta Monica Lions Annual Pancake Breakfastsepulveda boulevard Lions’ helping othersBy Susan DeRemer, Global Service Team ChairThis month we are highlighting three additional community organizations that receive funding from the proceeds of the Santa Monica Lions Annual Pancake Breakfast. This will be our 65th breakfast and we hope you will join us on Saturday, September 28th at the SM Boys and & Girls Club for a delicious breakfast, family activities and raffle, all to support local charities in our neighborhood.  The Westside Family Health Center started in 1974, thanks to a small group of dedicated feminists and mid-level clinicians who started the Women’s Health Care Project to empower women’s health and provide women’s health care. As it evolved, they added prenatal care in 1990, pediatric services in 1992, adolescent health care in 1994 and a family practice program 1999. WFHC provides comprehensive, high quality, cost effective health care and empowers patients to become their own advocates.  Due to growing healthcare needs, WFHC will be moving in early 2020, to 3861 Sepulveda Boulevard in Culver City, the former LA WEEKLY building. This new site will be triple the size of their current location.The Santa Monica History Museum’s roots can be traced back to the “Historical Activities Committee” of Santa Monica’s Centennial Celebration in 1975.  Created to collect and preserve the history, art, and culture of the Santa Monica Bay Area, it became the Santa Monica Historical Society. However, in 1988, after the determination, perseverance, and countless hours of work by Louise and Bob Gabriel, the Historical Society became the Santa Monica History Museum. The Museum’s collection has more than one million items, including more than 600,000 rare photographs, one of the largest historical photography collections in Southern California.  There are six galleries, a research library, children/community education program and they sponsor projects throughout the area to save and protect Santa Monica Bay Area history for future generations.The Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club has been here since 1944, offering a supportive, non-competitive environment to help kids graduate from high school with a plan for the future; demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. With more than 4,000 youth members, ages 6 – 18, at the five branch locations, 100% of SM Club Members graduated from high school this year, compared to only 77% of LAUSD high school students.  Locations include Lincoln Blvd, St. Anne’s School, John Adams Middle School, Olympic High School and Mar Vista Gardens. The Santa Monica location is the host of our 65th Annual Pancake Breakfast!If you would like to help with our Pancake Breakfast or attend a lunch meeting the first and third Thursday of each month, please contact Marilynn Schalit at [email protected] or 310-903-8819 or Yoriko Fisher at [email protected] or 443-883-1101.  Tags :communityCulver CityHealth Care ProjectHelpSanta Monica Lions Annual Pancake Breakfastsepulveda boulevardshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentGas leak at Samohi evacuates student athletesCrime Watch – Saturday, August 24, 2019You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author13 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

Facebook buys bandwidth from India’s BSNL to offer rural Wi-Fi

first_img Previous ArticleThailand to fund nationwide broadband with $550M from auctionsNext ArticleZTE annual revenue set for CNY100B breakthrough AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 JAN 2016 WhatsApp takes more heat in India Facebook to pay News Corp for Australia content Apps Related Facebook reportedly has purchased bandwidth from state-owned BSNL in 125 rural areas for INR100 million ($1.5 million) for a three-year period to expand connectivity in India.In October the two companies announced they were partnering to set up Wi-Fi hotpots in rural India. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was visiting India and met with prime minister Narendra Modi.The social networking firm will provide internet service under the Express Wi-Fi brand through Wi-Fi hotspots set up by BSNL’s partner QuadGen on the 2.4GHz band. The service reportedly will offer speeds of about 2Mb/s and small data packages for as little as INR10 ($0.15).Nearly 25 villages were covered in a pilot project last year in southern and western India, the Economic Times reported.Facebook has faced a backlash over net neutrality since it started pushing its Internet.org, or zero-rating service, with Reliance Communications (RCom) to connect rural areas. It later renamed the service Free Basics, which RCom took nationwide in November.A month ago the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) asked RCom not to roll out Free Basics until it submits more information about the zero-rating service to the regulator. Authorcenter_img Australia funds regulator to oversee new media law Tags Joseph Waring Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more HomeAsiaNews Facebook buys bandwidth from India’s BSNL to offer rural Wi-Fi BSNLFacebookFree BasicsW-Filast_img read more

US operators tipped for network investment battle

first_img Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 NOV 2017 Son acknowledged it would be hard to crack the dominance of AT&T and Verizon in traditional mobile voice communications, but said Sprint is in prime position to capture share in the burgeoning IoT space by building more cell sites on the ground and deploying satellite-based stations through companies like OneWeb.“Communication infrastructure is critical…so keeping control of Sprint allows us to build a future strategy for SoftBank Group,” Son said: “When it comes to IoT we may be in a far advanced position than the others because we have ARM.”Spectrum pushT-Mobile is also expected to kick its network plans into high gear. Jennifer Fritzsche, senior analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, predicted T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray will push even harder on deployments of the operator’s new 600MHz spectrum, which is part of T-Mobile’s 5G deployment strategy. Fritzsche also indicated T-Mobile will continue looking for opportunities to acquire high band spectrum for added capacity, but “as we know from this weekend’s events – they won’t overpay.”T-Mobile already owns 200MHz of spectrum at 28GHz and 39GHz, and is planning to use those airwaves alongside its 600MHz assets to launch a nationwide 5G mobile network by 2020.At Sprint, Son said the door is still open to other potential deals, but indicated rumoured suitor Charter wasn’t interested at last check. A break from all the buzz might also be in order, he said.“We don’t need to accept bad terms, so maybe we can take some time to relax and think about it.” Home US operators tipped for network investment battle The failure of merger talks between Sprint and T-Mobile US could set the stage for an infrastructure investment war between the two.During an earnings call, SoftBank CEO and Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son noted plans to boost Sprint’s annual network spending to between $5 billion to $6 billion. The sum would mark a substantial increase from a range of $3.5 billion to $4 billion seen in recent years and bring the US operator closer to parity with T-Mobile’s spending levels, though it would still be significantly behind the same figures at AT&T and Verizon.BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk called out Son’s comments on Twitter. Diana Goovaerts Amazon reels in MGMcenter_img Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade Previous ArticleBroadcom tables record $130B Qualcomm offerNext ArticleEvertoon team to join Niantic Tags T-Mobile US chief predicts market rebound Author IoTmergerSprintT-Mobile USlast_img read more

Intelligence Brief: Are homes the next battle-ground?

first_img 5GGSMAihomeWiFi Cable operators were among the first in the telecom space to start to take the home experience seriously, but there have been a range of announcements from other telecom operators over recent months indicating the industry as a whole is now focusing on the issue.At a recent cable conference in London, the panel which provoked one of the most interesting discussions between participants was one focused on the in-home experience and whether this was explicitly part of the service provider’s responsibility.Attitudes ranged from “no, it stops at the door” to “of course it is”. A couple of cable operators from the latter camp were also keen to highlight newly-launched commercial solutions targeting issues including blackspots and seamlessly connecting new devices to home networks.Home experience a growing focusWhile cable operators were among the first to start to take the home experience seriously, there have been a range of announcements of similar services from other telecom operators over recent months. Examples in Europe include:– Bouygues announced it will deploy a managed home Wi-Fi solution to its broadband customers in France, using the AirTies Smart Wi-Fi software and Mesh extenders;– BT chose a white-label mesh Wi-Fi solution as the basis for its Whole Home Wi-Fi solution, with an app that advises on device placement and Wi-Fi discs that self-configure;– Virgin Media has offered a similar service, with a new app which monitors Wi-Fi signal strength in the home. Customers can order a Wi-Fi booster when blackspots are identified, a feature that is free to higher-tier customers.Having tried the Virgin app myself I can testify that it works, and I received a power line adapter set soon after using it to identify blackspots in my home. While this adapter feels a less future-ready and slightly clunkier choice than the mesh Wi-Fi solutions favoured by others, it certainly works and offers a more reliable connection than my previous Wi-Fi booster.Interestingly the services from BT and Virgin offer a range of additional features, including the ability to proactively manage the whole network including temporarily pausing internet access or blocking access for specific devices.From a strategic perspective, the move to offer managed Wi-Fi services has two benefits, namely generating incremental revenues and reducing costs.Typically operators are positioning these managed Wi-Fi services as either a premium service for an additional cost, or including them for free in higher-end packages. As well as a new source of revenue, these services can be an important a tool for churn reduction as satisfied customers are typically less likely to switch. In-home connectivity problems can be a major source of calls to customer support teams, and issues can be challenging if not impossible to solve remotely. So addressing these issues upfront can be an important cost saver at a time when operators are looking to increasingly digitise their customer service functions.Among multiple networks and standards, don’t forget the customerAs we enter the gigabit era, with a range of access technologies promising ever higher speeds to end users (whether delivered over FTTH, cable networks, fixed wireless access, or pure mobile), it is important that, in the real world, customers get to experience something close to what they are promised by operator marketing. As noted above, operators will increasingly need to accept responsibility for the in home experience, especially if the higher speeds on offer mean higher prices for customers, rather than adopting a somewhat utility style perspective that their responsibility ends at the home gateway.With the advent of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard alongside the launch of 5G services, consumers are facing an often bewildering array of acronyms and technologies, few of which actually make their life easier. At the same time, the growing number of connected devices in the home can further increase complexities for the non tech-savvy user. Operators which can address these issues, ensuring both full home connectivity and the seamless connection of new devices, will likely create a clear competitive advantage. As well as happier customers, newer routers and intelligent network apps can also provide improved information to operators on network performance, allowing issues to be identified and addressed remotely – again, contributing to cost reduction.Technological advances could also help, for example with the promise of seamless roaming between mobile and Wi-Fi networks with the arrival of 5G and Wi-Fi 6. But the proliferation of new networks also highlights the need for operators to manage increasing levels of network complexity. This does raise a separate point, though: Wi-Fi and 5G will coexist for the foreseeable future, putting the onus on operators and vendors to ensure these technologies can be managed to work together for the benefit of users.– David George – head of consulting, GSMA IntelligenceThe editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. 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Reddin Coaches from Muff fined £400 for being driven in dangerous state

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reddin Coaches from Muff fined £400 for being driven in dangerous state Previous articleThree of the counties six civic amenitie sites to go out to contractNext articleCampaign for Medical Education and Research Centre at LGH intensifies News Highland A Donegal based bus company has been fined £400 for letting one of his vehicles to be driven in a dangerous state in County Derry.The 53-seater bus belonging to Reddin Coaches was stopped by police on the Limavady road on 26 February.When police examined the bus on February 26th, they found the windscreen was cracked, the indicator and the reverse lights were defective, and two back seats were secured with cables only.The officers also found that the bus did not have a first aid box.Defence solicitor Paddy McDermott told Derry Magistrates Court that 42 year old Don Patrick Reddin of Kilderry, Muff, County Donegal had been operating a school bus service in the north west for 20 years without any similar convictions.He said since this incident the defendant has introduced a daily safely check on all of his school buses. Google+ Google+ News Facebook Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project By News Highland – September 15, 2011 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Facebook Twitter LUH still not ready to restore IT systems last_img read more