Ofcom chief warns on BT/EE, 3 UK/O2 mergers

first_img Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 08 OCT 2015 BT preps renewed 5G push, pandemic hits earnings Home Ofcom chief warns on BT/EE, 3 UK/O2 mergers Author Richard Handford Sharon White, chief executive of UK regulator Ofcom, gave a further sign of bearishness among regulators in Europe towards consolidation in the mobile industry.Fixed incumbent BT is in the process of acquiring leading operator EE, while 3 UK and O2 might also tie up, radically reshaping the UK’s telecoms market.Yet White (pictured) questioned the underlying argument behind such deals. She claimed even while UK operators are investing billions in rolling out 4G, they are maintaining a healthy average cashflow margin in excess of 12 per cent.“We continue to believe that four operators is a competitive number that has delivered good results for consumers and sustainable returns for companies,” commented White in a speech at the London School of Economics & Political Science.Even though Ofcom will not rule directly on either UK merger, her comments reflect thinking among regulators.“I am concerned that the UK could end up with more concentrated markets that lead to higher prices and reduced choice for consumers, without the promised boost to investment and innovation,” said White.The UK regulator provided evidence to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the European Commission for both deals but does not have a final veto on either.She echoed comments last week by EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, pointing to research suggesting that a reduction in the number of players from four-to-three in a national mobile market in the EU can lead to higher prices for consumers, but not more investment per subscriber.BT break upMeanwhile Vodafone has used a submission to Ofcom to call for BT’s local-networks business, Openreach, to be split off entirely from its parent. BT’s role as a wholesale supplier of broadband services has come under greater scrutiny since its bid for EE.According to the Financial Times, Vodafone argued that BT generated £6.5 billion in “excessive profits” in the past decade from its Openreach unit overcharging broadband rivals. The operator made its submission as part of Ofcom’s general review into regulation of the telecoms sector (as opposed to specifically the BT-EE deal). Consultation closed today (8 October).Separately, fixed operator Cityfibre yesterday announced it would be supplying connectivity to Vodafone. There has been concern expressed by some operators  at BT’s role as a leading backhaul provider for the mobile industry since its bid for EE. But Vodafone denied to Mobile World Live any link to BT’s EE bid.“We have always worked with a mix of different suppliers, usually there are no announcements about these agreements. Howwever with CityFibre being AIM listed they felt that the first contract under the existing MSA (master services agreement) warranted a stock market announcement.” Related BT mulls options for sports TV service Tags Previous ArticleTwitter exec says operators are “most underappreciated” assetNext ArticleMobiles critical for social and economic inclusion 3 UK outlines 5G progress in £2B push 3 UKBTEEHutchisonOfcomlast_img read more

World rail freight news round-up

first_imgDB Cargo Belgium now has its own licence to operate in the country, having operated under Dutch accreditation since being established in January 2019. DB Cargo Belgium received the necessary Part A and B safety certificates in January 2020 and ran its first train as a locally approved operator on June 14 from Aachen to Erquelinnes on the French border, where it was collected for onward movement by fellow DB subsidiary Euro Cargo Rail.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# China’s new national timetable implemented on July 1 provides paths for 20 096 freight trains per day, including 193 freight trains operating at passenger train speeds, 70 China Railway Express trains and 11 trains running along the River Yangtse.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# United Wagon Co has delivered 36 tank wagons to chemical manufacturer Khimprom, which will use them to transport sodium hydroxide and similar products. The order was financed through Sberbank Leasing.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# DB Cargo UK is hoping to resume regular services to Tarmac Ltd’s Hothfield site near Ashford in Kent. A recent delivery of 1 350 tonnes of sea-dredged aggregates was the first train to discharge at the site for some time DB Cargo UK has been awarded a five-year extension to its ‘hook and haul’ contract to operate an average of 60 trains/week carrying biomass from the ports of Immingham and Hull to Drax power station.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#center_img GB Railfreight has awarded DB Cargo UK a three-year contract to maintain 10 Class 60 locomotives and provide in-field technical support. ‘At this time of economic uncertainty, it is important for the rail freight sector to work together to deliver investment to support its growth’, said GBRf Managing Director John Smith on July 1.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Railroad Development Corp subsidiary Iowa Interstate Railroad opened a bridge over the Raccoon River in Booneville, Iowa, on June 30. Named after RDC executive William J Duggan, the structure west of Des Moines replaces a 119-year-old truss bridge. The Federal Railroad Administration funded half of the cost through a Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements grant of $3∙5m.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Captrain Deutschland subsidiary Regiobahn Bitterfeld Berlin took over operation of the internal works railway at the Volkswagen electric vehicle factory in Zwickau on June 28. RBB took on four shunting locomotives and 19 staff.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

FCC Appoints Keysight’s Senior Vice President to Technological Advisory Council

first_imgKeysight Technologies has announced that Satish Dhanasekaran, senior vice president of Keysight and president of the company’s Communications Solutions Group, has been appointed to the Technological Advisory Council (TAC) for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).The FCC is an independent U.S. government agency that regulates communications within the U.S. and internationally. The TAC provides technical expertise to the FCC on a variety of topics including 5G, broadband networks, spectrum, artificial intelligence and more. Dhanasekaran has been appointed to a two-year term on the council.In his role as president of Keysight’s Communications Solutions Group, Dhanasekaran leads the $2.4 billion business that addresses the complete communications ecosystem including wireless, wireline, and aerospace and defense design and test businesses.During his career with Keysight, Dhanasekaran has held a variety of leadership positions including most recently vice president and general manager of the company’s wireless test business. Prior to Keysight, Dhanasekaran worked at Motorola designing first-generation smartphone devices.Dhanasekaran holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University. He actively sponsors Keysight representation in standards bodies such as 3GPP, CTIA – The Wireless Association, GCF/PTCRB and industry consortia including IMT-2020 and the International Wireless Industry Consortium (IWPC).last_img read more

Santa Claus Man Jailed after Trying to Intimidate with a Molotov Cocktail

first_imgA lengthy investigation into numerous violent attempts to intimidate resulted in the arrest of a Santa Claus man. At 5:30 A.M. (Central time) this morning, the homeowner at 335 South Melchoir Drive West, Christmas Lake Village, had left her home to take her husband to work, only to return home to find a bottle in her front yard with a burning wick extending from the opening.  The homeowner immediately contacted Spencer County 911, who requested the assistance of the Indiana State Police and the ISP Emergency Ordinance Disposal Unit.State Police Troopers and members of the EOD unit responded to the residence to find that the bottle was Kahlua alcoholic beverage bottle containing gasoline and a t-shirt that was lit afire, assembled as a Molotov cocktail.  The Molotov cocktail device was not properly deployed and therefore only caused burn damage to the lawn.Through the investigation of the device, Master Trooper Trey Lytton learned that the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department had been at the residence around 1:00 A.M. Friday morning.  Deputies had responded for a complaint of an arrow being fired through a bedroom window.  Lytton followed up on the early morning complaint, learning that both a male living at the residence, as well as the male’s girlfriend, had received threatening text messages, dating back to September 4, 2017 and including this morning. Lytton found that the text messages had been sent by 21-year-old Eric Braun of Santa Claus.  Lytton learned that the vehicle Braun was known to drive matched the description of a vehicle that the homeowner on Melchoir had seen driving away from her neighborhood prior to arriving home to find the Molotov cocktail.At 12:11 P.M. (Central), Lytton’s investigation led him to Braun’s home in Santa Claus, where he gained permission to search the property.  Troopers found an empty bottle of Crabbie’s ginger beer on the ground with burnt residue on the bottle with a t-shirt lying next to it as a wick.  Lytton believed the t-shirt to match that found earlier in the morning on Melchoir Drive.  Additionally during the search of the residence and a subsequently executed search warrant on Braun’s Toyota Corolla, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found.Troopers also found arrows that matched the exact type fired through the bedroom window early Fridaymorning.Braun was placed into custody without incident and transported to the Spencer County Jail.Assisting Agencies:  Santa Claus Police Department, Spencer County Sheriff’s DepartmentArrested and Charges:Eric J. Braun, 21, Santa Claus, IN– Possession, Transporting, Placing a Destructive Device to Kill, Injure, or Intimidate, Level 2 Felony– Possession, Transporting, Placing a Destructive Device, Level 5 Felony– Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon, Level 5 Felony– Criminal Recklessness, Level 6 Felony– Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Level 6 Felony– Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanorlast_img read more

Ray Cloud Promoted to Senior Vice President, Loss Prevention for Ross Stores, Inc.

first_imgRay Cloud has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Loss Prevention for Ross Stores, Inc. Ray joined Ross Stores in 2008 as Vice President of Loss Prevention, and served as Group Vice President of Loss Prevention prior to his most recent promotion. Ray has also previously held loss prevention leadership positions with Target as a Group Assets Protection Team Leader (GAPTL), and Marshall Fields as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Ray holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Theater Preview 2142019

first_img February 14, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Theater Guru, Joey Landwehr joined Good Morning San Diego for this week’s theater preview.THE CHOIR OF MANBroadway/San Diego (at The Balboa Theatre – Downtown)February 14 (Valentine’s Day – ONE NIGHT ONLY)The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy! It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live Percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine incredible male voices sing everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend!• Featuring the music of Paul Simon, Adele, Queen, Guns And Roses, Sia and much much more.• “Shear joy is encapsulated in every performance.” –Broadway BabyDISNEY’S ALADDINBroadway/San Diego (at The Civic Theatre – Downtown)February 20 through March 3From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDIN features all your favorite songs from the film such as “Arabian Nights,” “Friend Like Me,” “A Whole New World,” and more. as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast & Newsies) which brings new depth to this beloved work.• Disney’s Aladdin has won multiple Tony, Oscar and Grammy awards.• A fun little challenge to our theatre goers. During “Friend Like Me” the Genie hilariously pays tribute to some other hidden Disney Musicals. See how many you can count when you see the show.SMOKEY JOE’S CAFENew Village ArtsThrough March 17The songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, virtually invented rock-n-roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. The classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded (including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion Number 9,” “Stand By Me” and much more), SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ isn’t just great pop music – it is compelling musical theatre.• Local award-winning Musician and Performer Tony Houck makes his directorial debut with this show. Under his direction, this classic jukebox musical will take on new life with modern storytelling, emphasizing the timelessness of these classic songs.• Michael Mizerany once again brings his inventive and provocative choreography to New Village arts and brings new brilliance to this fantastic work. Theater Preview: 2/14/2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 14, 2019last_img read more

No Home Yet for Space Force and Other Moments from Tuesdays HASC

first_img ADC AUTHOR Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday that the recommended early retirement of the USS Truman to fund other maritime strike capabilities was debated within the Pentagon for more than a year before the decision was made. “I think it’s a strategic choice we need to make…. It’s not like this is an irreversible decision,” he said.Shanahan disputed news reports that the Pentagon is seeking to weaken drinking water standards to reduce the number of communities where it must address PFAS-contaminated water supplies.Asked by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) if climate change poses a threat to readiness, Shanahan said, “I believe we need to address resilience in operations and our design and how we build out our facilities.”There has been no decision on where to locate a Space Force headquarters, Shanahan said. Several committee members, including Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), made plugs for their states. “With all due respect to my colleague from Florida, Colorado is a mile closer to space,” Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) said. Rep. Jim Langevin (second from right). Photo by Naval Undersea Warfare Center Public Affairslast_img read more

Still love to listen to classical music

first_imgUdyan Sagar – better known by his stage name Nucleya – turned the Bollywood music obsessed industry upside down with back-to-back hits like ‘Koocha Monster’, ‘Bass Rani’ and ‘Raja Baja’ but at the back of his mind, classic ghazals by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Ustad Ghulam Ali play on a constant loop. “I definitely take inspiration from Bollywood but that’s not it. I grew up listening to a lot of film music and my father has always been a huge fan of it, straight from the 60s to the 90s. And even though I produce more of dance music, I love the old tunes of Shankar-Jaikishan and Kalyanji-Anandji and ghazals by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Sahab, Ustad Ghulam Ali Sahab. I listen to everything from old film music to folk music,” said the 39-year-old DJ on the sidelines of Sunburn 2018, arguably Asia’s biggest electronic music festival. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHe was one of the headliners at the first day of the 12th edition of Sunburn, which saw DJs like Axwell, Ingrosso, Don Diablo, Vini Vici, David Gravell, Julia Bliss, Zenith, Siana Catherine, Hugel, Amann Nagpal, Anish Sood, Progressive Brothers, Kash Trivedi, 39 Kingdom, 18 East, Ritviz, GREFF, Dual Vibes, Basspatch and Sara Santini. The DJ, with chartbuster hits like ‘Bhayanak Atma’ and ‘Aaja’, says he used to do a lot of experimenting by mixing classical music with Electronic Dance Music (EDM) but then left it due to classical music’s complex composition. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I have experimented with classical music way back. I don’t do it so much now because I feel that any form of music which is complex in nature is difficult to understand and not always fit into dance music,” he said adding that classical music requires a certain sort of training due to its unique compositions (unlike dance music’s repetitive compositions) which is not understood by the masses. The ‘Bakar Bakar’ artist, however, says that it wasn’t always easy for him as people were not open-minded and that it took him 15-20 years to be where he is today. So what changed? “I started making music 15-20 years back but at that time whatever I was trying to do musically didn’t work. That’s one reason why I had to struggle so much.” “Now, a lot of people are very open-minded. You throw anything at them musically and they will take it and will try to understand that,” he explained. Although his early days as a DJ were a struggle, Nucleya has gained enough fame for himself in the field to now attract packed audiences to his concerts. In 2013, he launched his first EP, ‘Koocha Monster’, which became a hit in colleges across the country. In 2015 he launched his album ‘Bass Rani’ and in 2016 ‘Raja Baja’, both of which have become extremely popular; the track ‘Aaja’ (from ‘Bass Rani’) alone has about 18 million views on YouTube. Some of the tracks from his new album (‘Tota Myna’, 2018), such as ‘Mirza’, have already been watched 2.1 million times on YouTube. So what do you think makes people dance to your tune? “I believe people are able to relate to my songs but still good music is good music. It can be in any form, genre, tempo but if you can relate to it, it becomes much easier and to be able to like something you have to be able to understand it first,” he said. The three-day Sunburn 2018 its “Welcome to Paradise” theme, raised its curtain on December 29 at the 100-acre Oxford Valley by Shapoorji Pallonji. The first day of the festival saw the 2/3rds of the Swedish House Mafia, Axwell and Ingrosso, playing out a more variated set compared to their last domestic showcase. The legendary DJ/production duo never failed to nail crowds with their everlasting anthemic songs like ‘Sun Is Shining’, ‘Reload’, ‘Out Of My Mind’, ‘Dancing Alone’ and ‘More Than You Know’. Axwell and Ingrosso, towards the end, also played their respect for the passing away of Swedish legend Avicii by playing ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Don’t You Worry Child’.last_img read more