Bouygues backs LTE-Advanced despite market pressure

first_img France’s Bouygues Telecom has launched its LTE-Advanced network in seven cities, just a few days after announcing that it will cut 1,500 jobs from its workforce.The operator’s strategy is to continue investment in 4G despite the pain it is feeling in the county’s ultra-competitive mobile market, which led to last week’s decision to axe 15 per cent of its 9,000 workforce.Various attempts by Bouygues – most recently with Iliad and Orange – to consolidate the market and stabilise competition have so far failed.But the company is still pushing hard on LTE-Advanced – it claims to be the first in the country to offer it. The service is ready in Lyon, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Vanves, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Malakoff and Rosny-sous-Bois from today. The technology will become available in the 16 largest cities of France in September.Arnaud Montebourg, France’s economy minister, is desperate to avoid widespread job losses. He has backed a reduction in the number of operators from four to three as an alternative to redundancies.Bouygues hopes the extra speeds offered by LTE-Advanced will draw in more high-spending customers. It can now offer theoretical peak speeds up to 220Mb/s.The network is ready today but the operator will offer a LTE-Advanced terminal for corporate customers from 1 July. In addition, Bouygues will next month offer a hotspot to consumers based on the technology.The first smartphones compatible with LTE-Advanced will be available from September, in time for widespread availability in leading cities.The operator is also looking to improve the urban coverage of its existing 4G network by expanding the capacity used in the 1800 frequency band from 10 MHz to 15 MHz. Author Richard Handford AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 JUN 2014 Related Bangladesh 4G auction raises $898M 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 Home Bouygues backs LTE-Advanced despite market pressure Previous ArticleVodafone, NTT Docomo add M2M to partnershipNext ArticleTelecom Italia shareholder group unravels Bouygues looks to displace SFR by 2026 Bouygues loses €2B claim over Orange roaming deal Tags 4GBouygues TelecomLTE-AdvancesTechnologylast_img read more

UK body calls for “urgent and radical” coverage action

first_img Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Previous ArticleBlog: Is it time to take consumer IoT seriously?Next ArticleThales emerges as shock Gemalto buyer Related Ofcom completes 5G spectrum allocation The head of the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is “pressing for concerted action” by regulator Ofcom and the government to address poor mobile coverage in the country.In a letter to Ofcom, Lord Adonis said the regulator should “put all options on the table” to improve coverage between now and the next spectrum auction – including possible legal and regulatory changes.“In an age when access to a mobile signal is regarded as a must-have, it is deplorable that even in areas previously considered to have strong coverage, operators are still delivering such poor services that customers can struggle to make a quick phone call,” he said.Adonis called for “urgent and radical action” to ensure customers are not paying for services they do not receive.Under parA new definition of “good mobile coverage” published by Ofcom shows the geographic landmass coverage, enabling users to make an uninterrupted mobile phone call for 90 seconds, could be as much as ten percentage points lower than previously published under old measurements.Where network operators are expected to deliver coverage to 90 per cent of the country, the latest figures suggest 80 per cent could be achieved in practice.In addition, just 43 per cent of the UK landmass has 4G coverage from all four operators.In his letter to Ofcom chief Sharon White, Adonis said measures to be considered should include mast sharing, using spare spectrum and national roaming – which had been mooted previously.He also said “the legally binding nature of the agreement signed with network operators in 2014/15 to improve mobile coverage” means Ofcom should consider enforcement action against operators not meeting requirements.The NIC previously called for a shift away from the assumption all operation data – including mobile coverage data held by network operators – should be kept private, in favour of more open data sharing. Doing this would enable the UK to use “the latest innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning” to improve the performance of the infrastructure network. Steve Costello UK launches regulator targeting tech giants Author National Infrastructure CommissionOfcomUK Home UK body calls for “urgent and radical” coverage action UK operators splash £1.4B in latest 5G auction Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 DEC 2017 last_img read more

Maplewood Firefighter Shot Dead

first_imgOfficers crouched behind police cars with their weapons drawn. The St. Louis County police explosives unit rolled in, as did an armored vehicle. FBI agents donned tactical gear. The volatile situation affected people across the region. In Jefferson County, where Fite had worked as a deputy, there were prayers for his recovery. Click here for an image of the scene. Slayings of firefighters on duty are rare. The U.S. Fire Administration, a federal agency that compiles such statistics, counts only two deaths by assault among the 671 fatalities listed from 2002 through 07. There was one each in Tennessee and Kentucky, in 2005 and 2004 respectively. Stephen Porter, 12, lives just a few houses away. He said he watched the scene play out until about 10 a.m., when officers evacuated him and his neighbors. Moments after the initial shooting, witnesses reported a rapid series of gunshots from inside Knobbe’s house. Officers swarmed into the area, believing the gunman was inside. Police refused to speculate on the shooter’s identity. Maplewood Mayor Mark Langston said there had never been any problems at the address, and called the chain of events a “senseless tragedy.” “We have no indication that he got out of that house,” said St. Louis County police spokeswoman Tracy Panus. Capt. Jim Silvernail, chief of the Mehlville Fire Department, met with Maplewood Fire Department employees shortly after the shooting. They said they did not know if the gunman lived in the house, in a neighborhood of brick homes with small, sloping front lawns a few blocks north of the intersection of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard. It is about a mile from the city’s revitalized commercial strip. “I saw a cop holding his shoulder, and he fell down to the ground,” Rai said. “I can’t tell you the amount of tears we’ve seen in the hallways today,” Langston told a reporter at City Hall. The gunman – believed to be hiding in or near a home across the street – also shot two Maplewood police officers. One of them, Adam Fite, 28, a former Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy, was critically wounded. The second officer, whose name was not revealed, was shot in the right shoulder. Both are expected to recover. City leaders were working to organize a prayer vigil for Wednesday night. Julia McCreary, 80, was sleeping when she heard a firetruck outside her home on Zephyr. She looked out and saw a red, older model pickup on fire in her driveway. McCreary, mother of the St. Louis County police chaplain, said she then heard several pops, like a car backfiring. She went on her porch in her pajamas. McCreary said she saw a firefighter fall at the edge of her yard. Police screamed at her to go back inside. Events began about 5:40 a.m., when firefighters from Maplewood’s only fire station responded to the call. “We’ve lost Ryan in the line of duty doing what he loved,” he said. “He will be missed.” Ron Battelle of Backstoppers, a charity that provides support for families of first responders killed in the line of duty, said he could not recall a St. Louis-area firefighter murdered on the job. Just who was the shooter? Did he die Monday in the flames of a burning house on Zephyr Place? And what prompted the murderous rampage? Another witness, Sanyoug Rai, was working at a 7-Eleven store on Big Bend when he heard shots. Through midafternoon, police continued to blanket the neighborhood, and sharpshooters kept weapons trained on the house. “To die in a fire is one thing,” he said. “But to get shot in the line of duty is another. We’re not prepared for that.” MAPLEWOOD, Mo. — Investigators planned to continue sifting through the ashes of a Maplewood home today, searching for clues about an ambush that left a rookie firefighter dead, two police officers wounded and a community searching for answers. At an 11 a.m. news conference, Maplewood Fire Chief Terry Merrell fought back tears. Property records show that Mark J. Knobbe, 52, owns the house, where he has lived for 12 years. Records also show that Knobbe also owns a pickup similar to the one that burned in a driveway across the street from his home. “I heard a boom, then I looked out my window,” Stephen said. “Cops were everywhere, and a firefighter was down in front of a firetruck.” Hummert’s father, Andrew L. Hummert, was Maplewood’s mayor from 1983 to 1993. The slain firefighter’s parents spent about an hour at City Hall on Monday morning meeting with officials. Police believe that the gunman died when the house where they think he was holed up, at 7440 Zephyr Place, burned and collapsed during an hours-long standoff. At 10:10 a.m., the American flag and a Maplewood city flag were lowered to half-staff. Black and purple bunting was hung from the building’s facade. A mother and her son dropped off a bouquet of flowers. But neither did police report finding any remains. The Jefferson County sheriff’s special operations commander, Lt. Scott Schumer, said the news shook the department, which Fite left about four months ago for Maplewood. Hummert was fatally shot about 5:45 a.m. Monday as he stepped out of a Maplewood firetruck that had responded to a call of a vehicle on fire. Word of Hummert’s death gripped City Hall, where officials remained behind closed doors most of the day. About 10 a.m., shortly before a formal announcement of Hummert’s death, a group of blue-shirted firefighters stood on the sidewalk outside the station and peered in silence toward the smoke rising on the horizon. “Something just snapped,” Langston said. “Something just went wrong.” Hummert, who graduated from Rockwood Summit High School in 2004, went to work for the city of Maplewood in August, after finishing paramedic school. At 3 p.m., police announced that they would give no further statements Monday and that they believed the gunman died in the fire. The slain firefighter was Ryan Hummert, 22, the son of a former Maplewood mayor, who colleagues said fulfilled a lifetime dream when he got hired by the city last year. Soon, smoke could be seen pouring from a front window of the house. It intensified until flames engulfed the structure by late morning, leading the roof to collapse. “It’s shocking whenever law enforcement gets shot at because we’re in the same profession and there is always the opportunity that it could happen to one of us,” Schumer said.last_img read more

Greening Our Shipping: Wind-Powered Cargo Ships Can Change Future of Freight Cutting Emissions By 90%

first_imgPowered by a series of massive retractable “sails” that resemble airplane wings, the OceanBird will reportedly carry 7,000 cars (or any weight equivalent) across the ocean while cutting carbon emissions by a stunning 90 percent—a game-changer for a global industry that currently carries an oversized carbon tally.RELATED: With EV Battery Prices Dropping 87% in a Decade, Tesla is Now Making a Car That Will Cost $25,000Wallenius Marine’s OceanBirdWhen fully extended, the OceanBird’s upright, wing-like sails stand a mighty 262 feet (80 meters) tall and use the power of rushing air to propel the ship forward—crucially achieving a speed nearly matching that of ships powered by fossil fuel.New software advancements will utilize mathematical algorithms to calculate when and how to adjust the ship’s sails to maximize its speed on a continuous basis. With the help of these ongoing assessments, the OceanBird will reach up to 10 nautical miles per hour (knots) to make a cross-Atlantic trip in 12 days.POPULAR: This California Highway Has Just Become the First State Road Made From Recycled Plastic in the USFossil fuel cargo ships often complete the journey in 8 days—but companies hauling freight in the traditional way would need to calculate a heavy carbon footprint for their goods. To help smooth out each voyage, Wallenius Marine reports that a clean fuel system synced to an auxiliary engine will move the ship in and out of harbors. This will open up the possibility of using the technology in the cruise ship industry—albeit not in the near future.The company is still firmly in the design phase, testing smaller models. However, the Swedish collaboration, which includes KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) and SSPA, a naval technology company, is supported by the Swedish Transport Administration, which is acting as a co-financier, and, together, they are eyeing a 2024 roll-out, after taking orders in 2021.MORE: India Makes History With All Gas Stations Officially Preparing to Supply World’s Cleanest FuelAnywhere we move heavy-duty ships across the oceans or large waterways, eco-friendly sailing can make a significant impact—and investors hope that OceanBird, with its 90% reduction in carbon emissions, will be an important part of this equation.WATCH a company video…SAIL This Design Marvel to Green Friends on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe global cargo shipping industry accounts for roughly 2 percent of all greenhouse emissions worldwide. Soon, an advanced clean energy ship could finally deliver an eco-friendly solution for hauling freight across the ocean.Automakers understand that ‘electrifying’ our transport sector will be crucial in lowering dangerous emissions to mitigate a climate crisis. But two areas in which electrifying our transportation has proven to be difficult include commercial aviation—and heavy-duty cargo shipping.A prototype announced in September by Wallenius Marine could finally change that.last_img read more

Nine Arrested in Pair of Grab-and-Dash Thefts

first_imgTwo grab-and-dash thefts happened on the Magnificent Mile in, Chicago, Illinois, Friday morning, police said.The first theft happened at Nordstrom. Two people were arrested and charged after allegedly running off with thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise, authorities said. Just 30 minutes later, police said a group of seven ran out of Zara with stolen clothing and hopped into a SUV… ABC7 Eyewitness News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Gasperini: ‘Ilicic stupid, but…’

first_imgGian Piero Gasperini admits Atalanta “were below par” in a 2-0 defeat to Cagliari, but believes Josip Ilicic isn’t the only one who deserved to be sent off. “We were below par and didn’t win any individual duels. It wasn’t a physical issue, because we kept pushing to the end, but unfortunately we lost this game in the first half and didn’t start on the right foot,” Gasp told DAZN. The turning point was after 32 minutes, when Ilicic was sent off for a reaction foul on Charalampos Lykogiannis. “They were tussling and Lykogiannis was already on a yellow card, so it wouldn’t have been entirely surprising if the referee had sent both off. That would’ve been a different game. Ilicic was stupid, there’s no arguing with that. “We had a completely different performance in the second half and could’ve suffered more with Cagliari counter-attacks, but we defended well and never stopped attacking. “Now we dive into the Champions League, it’s a tight turnaround yet again, but we’ll try to put in a good performance with Manchester City.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

OSU mens soccer heads to Kentucky for battle of redhot teams

OSU sophomore forward Marcus McCrary (19) during a game against Penn State on Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU tied 1-1. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is prepared to head back on the road to battle an equally hot team Wednesday night, as the Buckeyes await a showdown with Kentucky at 7 p.m. in Lexington, Kentucky.Just like the Scarlet and Gray, which stands at 6-4-2 overall, the Wildcats are on a five-game winning streak, which makes OSU senior defender Liam Doyle expect a high-powered matchup.“Kentucky’s a good team. They move the ball and they have willing runners,” Doyle said. “I think they’re very similar to us, which makes it such a good matchup.”The Buckeyes are aware of the Wildcats’ style of playing and know well what the team has to do to take out Kentucky: defend.“We’re a very strong defensive team,” senior midfielder Zach Mason said. “First and foremost, we try to make it very difficult for the opposition and when you do that to some very good opponents, they tend to get frustrated and open themselves up.”Mason said the team will take every opportunity given to it to try to grab a win in any way possible.Doyle also said that if the team continues to do what it is currently doing, it could beat anyone.“It’s going to be a tough game and we’re just going to continue to do what we do,” Mason said.The opposing teamThe Wildcats are entering Wednesday’s match coming off a 4-1 victory over Evansville, extending their winning streak to five games and overall record to 7-2-1.Sophomore forward Stefan Stojkovic leads the team with five goals and one assist on the season, followed by junior midfielder Napo Matsoso with four goals and five assists and freshman forward Xahne Reid with three goals and four assists.Senior goalkeeper Callum Irving has played all but 11 minutes of the season and has a goals-against average of 0.78, with 22 saves overall.Froschauer repeats Big Ten honorsOSU redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.Froschauer is coming off a season-high seven-save performance against Indiana on Saturday night, which was the fourth shutout of his career. Froschauer is tied for third in the Big Ten with a total of 39 saves.“I’ve had the luxury to step in here to be playing in front of some great goalkeepers,” Mason said. “I think that’s huge for team morale and team mentality knowing that we can rely on someone to save us when we need them.”What’s next?The Buckeyes are scheduled to return home to face Wisconsin at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Team clown has Buckeyes eyeing regular season title

The No. 23 Ohio State women’s soccer team (13-4-1, 7-2-0) has received a lift this season — on and off the field — from a self-proclaimed “clown.” Junior forward Paige Maxwell leads the Buckeyes in goals and points, with nine and 19, respectively. Maxwell said her self-confidence and personality have translated into on-field success this season. “I pretty much keep a loose attitude,” Maxwell said. “I’m loud, sometimes obnoxious, but there’s a goofy side to me, and that’s how I deal with things. I’m kind of the clown of the team.” A native of Medina, Ohio, Maxwell credited her team for allowing her to bring out her jokester mentality. “I’m comfortable in my own skin,” Maxwell said. “When I’m in a comfortable environment, just my personality shines even more because I feel comfortable. Life’s funny, it can’t be taken too seriously.” Maxwell’s career at OSU got off to a fast start as she led the Buckeyes in goals her freshman season, with eight, and was selected as the team’s offensive MVP. A knee injury set Maxwell back her sophomore season — she started only eight games for OSU but still led the team in goals, with six. “Last year, I was really hurt and I was in a lot of pain, so my place last year was coming off the bench, and I’d try to do what I could,” Maxwell said. “This year I definitely think I add a different attribute to the team. I’m older, so everything comes with more experience and just especially the time, with this being my third year here, you keep learning things.” Of Maxwell’s nine goals this season, four have been game-winning scores, including overtime goals against Penn State and Northwestern. Maxwell’s ability to find the back of the net at the right times this season has been crucial for a Buckeye team looking to earn at least a share of its first Big Ten title in program history. OSU coach Lori Walker said Maxwell’s personality has played a role in the forward’s clutch performances. “Paige is the kind of player who was built to have responsibility on the field,” Walker said. “We know she’s got a pretty positive attitude about everything. Her outlook on life is pretty upbeat, and so it takes a lot to rattle her confidence. If she misses one shot, we know it’s not going to roll over into the next. She’s pretty consistent in that way.” Chance to clinch The Buckeyes missed an opportunity to clinch a share of the conference title when they dropped a 1-0 decision to Indiana (6-11-1, 2-7-0) on Sunday. They play Friday against Michigan State (9-5-4, 3-3-3). A win over the Spartans would clinch OSU at least a share of the Big Ten title and potentially an outright title, should Penn State (9-8-1, 7-2-0) suffer a loss or earn a draw against Michigan (10-3-4, 5-2-2) on Sunday. If both OSU and Penn State lose or draw this weekend, Wisconsin (10-4-4, 7-1-2) would earn the conference crown. Walker said she’s trying to keep her team focused on beating Michigan State. “We were a little unfocused last week, and that was the sense that we had with the Indiana game, … that we were kind of looking ahead to things,” Walker said. “I think they learned their lesson. All we’re worried about right now is each day, and playing good soccer is our No. 1 priority, and just our work rate has gotten us to where we are.” read more