Diana Goovaerts US chip funding tipped to top $150B AT&T signed its third tower deal in six months, inking a new agreement with infrastructure provider CitySwitch covering a network expansion which could begin as soon as the second half of this year.An AT&T representative told Mobile World Live CitySwitch will build, own and maintain the new towers, with AT&T leasing space and collocating equipment on completed sites. The deal is specific to macro tower sites, the representative added.AT&T said the deal will add necessary infrastructure where it is lacking today. The operator also noted the agreement will let it relocate equipment from existing towers with other landlords.The representative declined to say how many sites are covered by the agreement but said AT&T is looking to match its needs wherever CitySwitch can provide infrastructure. Towers will be added in various locations based on needs stemming from network traffic projections and patterns, 5G deployment plans and the operator’s FirstNet network construction, the representative added.Susan Johnson, AT&T’s EVP of global connections and supply chain, in a statement touted the move as another step in the operator’s efforts to diversify its supplier portfolio and slash leasing costs.In November 2017, AT&T signed a collocation deal with Verizon and Tillman Infrastructure, and followed up with an update of its tower agreement with Crown Castle earlier this month. Previous ArticleBharti Airtel stays in the black despite profit diveNext ArticleBharti Airtel seals Infratel, Indus Tower deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 APR 2018 Home AT&T continues tower spree with CitySwitch deal Amazon reels in MGM Related Author AT&Tcell towersinfrastructure 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 Tags AT&T pushes cybersecurity to public sector
A number of companies, including Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, have bid to purchase the assets of troubled operator Aircel, although lenders are keen to sell to just one party.“The bids have been received. But we are thinking of the possibility of a lump sum sale, that is, give all of the assets to a single party. This should get better value for the assets,” a source told Livemint, adding the company is hoping to make around INR250 billion ($3.5 billion) from the sale.Aircel filed for bankruptcy in March after failing to reach an agreement with creditors on repayment of its growing debt. The bulk of its INR500 billion liability is owed to financial lenders.Bids for the assets closed earlier this week. Livemint’s sources told it two investment companies and telecoms equipment manufacturer Sterlite Technologies were among the other bidders, though the latter subsequently issued a statement denying “having participated in any such bid” in response to the report.Aircel holds 65MHz of spectrum in the 2100MHz band; 103MHz in the 1800MHz band; and 21MHz in the 900MHz band. Other assets include some fibre networks and mobile towers, though details around these are not clear.Airtel is the only bidder for the spectrum assets, while Jio is the sole bidder for the towers and is also interested in some fibre assets.A decision on the bids is expected in October. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back HomeAsiaNews Airtel, Jio in running for Aircel assets Tags Saleha Riaz Bharti Airtel restructures to sharpen digital focus Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Previous ArticleMobile Mix: Holograms, the return of mojos and AI angstNext ArticleGoogle falls foul of Turkish watchdog Related Author Airtel returns to profit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 SEP 2018 Asia AircelBharti-AirtelReliance jio Jio profit soars on subscriber gains
Men extend streak, Women fall for first timeThe men’s team is off to an impressive start with a 5-0 record. Daily File PhotoSophomore Felix Corwin returns the ball to Illinois State in the Baseline Tennis Center on Feb. 27. Drew CoveJanuary 31, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe spring season is in full swing for the Gophers tennis teams.Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams started dual matches this month, and are both off to impressive starts.Men’s tennis won over the weekend, this time in a doubleheader Saturday. The team won 4-3 against Western Michigan in the morning, and shut out Green Bay in the afternoon 7-0.The men are now off to a hot start, beginning the spring season with a 5-0 record. Juniors Felix Corwin and Matic Spec are ranked No. 48 in doubles play, and they won both of their matches Saturday.Saturday morning the duo won 6-1, and in the afternoon, they won 6-2.“We’re playing good doubles,” Corwin said. “What I like most about playing with him is [that] we both aren’t afraid to go for our shots, and when we keep going for them, we’re both great players. It’s really hard for other teams to keep up with that when we’re kind of relentless with our hitting.”Spec is in the number-one singles position for Minnesota, and he is ranked No. 42 in singles play.The junior from Maribor, Slovenia won each of his singles matches in just two sets apiece, solidifying a point in each of Minnesota’s wins on Saturday. The women’s team was off to a 2-0 start until they faced the Marshall Thundering Herd Saturday, and fell 7-0.“I knew this match was really going to be hard,” said head coach Chuck Merzbacher. “[Marshall is] probably a top-25 team, especially at home… I knew that team was going to be comfortable, and we were really going to have to really pull out some matches.” Minnesota fell by a score of 7-0, but the matches were close, and the Gophers were able to extend their sets and stay in the match longer.The duo of junior Mehvish Safdar and sophomore Caitlyn Merzbacher extended their doubles match, but ended up losing 7-5, and a pair of sophomores, Annemarie Emme and Camila Vargas Gomez only lost their match 7-6.“In the doubles part, we went down,” Merzbacher said. “Just getting used to these courts, even though we practiced quite a bit there … we came back and we made the doubles point close.”Minnesota also made it close in the fourth and fifth singles matches. Emme and Safdar took their opponents to three sets, but ultimately lost the match.Merzbacher also mentioned that his team is quite young, and still adjusting to playing in a team atmosphere, which they would not have experienced before the collegiate level. It is going to be a learning process for the team, but he liked the way the team played over the weekend.“It’s not something you can rush,” Merzbacher said. “We really have a challenging schedule, so it’s going to be learning on the fly here for us.”
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Personal injury lawyers are likely to find out next month whether the government is minded to revise the discount rate applied to damages awards. In a House of Lords debate last month, Conservative peer Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts said the Ministry of Justice will respond to its consultation on the issue by 3 August.Hodgson tabled a motion of regret at then-lord chancellor Liz Truss’ decision to amend the rate from 2.5% to -0.75% before the consultation had even started. He said the action was ‘draconian’ and a sign that Truss did not understand, or was not briefed on, the full impact of the decision.It was revealed during the debate that 135 responses were made to the consultation, which closed in May, but justice minister Lord Keen of Elie gave little away about the government’s response.’Underlying the consultation was the wish of the government to make sure that the way the rate is set is put on the firmest possible footing in future, so that we have a better and fairer system for claimants and defendants, and, in so doing, keeping true to the 100% principle—namely, that claimants are paid no more but no less than they should be,’ said Keen.’An announcement of the government’s conclusions will be made at the earliest possible opportunity. Of course, the interests of all parties concerned will be considered, and there will be an impact assessment.’Keen insisted Truss acted correctly by changing the rate before consulting, saying this was her legal obligation. To fail to act, he suggested, would be to have ‘knowingly maintained an inappropriate rate for what might have been a considerable period of time’.Hodgson urged the government to act decisively on what he called a ‘running sore’ and insisted it was ‘extraordinary’ for the lord chancellor to change the rate now when none of her predecessors had felt the need to do so since 2001.Speaking in the debate, former justice minister Lord Faulks said the position is now ‘profoundly unsatisfactory’ and he urged the rate be decided by a panel of experts rather than the lord chancellor.He added: ‘The situation that we now have is not fair to defendants; it is going to fall on those who have to pay increased premiums—often young and elderly motorists—and the NHS and government departments.’
AUSTRALIA: York Civil was awarded a contract to extend the North Quay Rail Terminal at Fremantle Port near Perth on October 23. The A$31m project is funded by the central government, which is contributing A$18·6m, and the state of Western Australia, which is providing A$12·4m. The work will extend the terminal tracks from 400 m to 690 m to improve access for container transhipment and shorten turnaround times. Completion is due in June 2014. ‘Efficient rail infrastructure to improve national productivity is a high priority for the Australian government’, said Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Development Warren Truss. ‘The North Quay Rail Terminal expansion is a significant step towards the State’s target of achieving a rail share of 30% for Fremantle’s container trade’, added Western Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell. Rail’s share of container traffic at the port has grown from 2% in 2002 to 14% today, Buswell reported.
Layanan angkutan kereta barang mulai kembali berjalan dari Inggris menuju Tiongkok. Dilansir dari metro.co.uk (10/4/2017) layanan angkutan barang ini berjarak 7.500 mil (12.000 km) jauhnya dari Standford-le-Hope, Essex. Kereta angkutan barang ini akan menghidupkan kembali ‘Jalur Sutera Kuno’ yang pernah ada 2.000 tahun lalu. Layanan kereta ini akan memulai perjalanannya Senin (10/4/2017) dan berangkat dari DP World London Gateway pukul 10.35.Kereta angkutan barang akan menggunakan lokomotif DB Cargo dengan mengangkut 30 kontainer yang berisikan barang-barang produksi Inggris seperti Wiski, minuman ringan, vitamin, obat-obataan dan produk-produk bayi yang akan di ekspor. Nantinya perjalanan kereta layanan angkut barang akan melewati Terowongan Channel ke Perancis dan Belgia, kemudian menuju Duisburg. Melanjutkan ke Jerman dan sebelum sampai di InterRail akan mengangkut kargo dengan melalui Polandia, Balarus, Rusia, Khazahktan dan kemudian di perhentian terakhir Yiwu, Tiongkok Selatan pada 27 April mendatang.metro.co.ukPerjalanan kereta angkutan ini memakan waktu kurang lebih 18 hari dari Inggris untuk sampai ke Tiongkok. Tak hanya itu, angkutan barang dengan kereta lebih murah dibandingkan dengan angkutan udara dan lebih cepat dari angkutan laut. Kepala eksekutif DP Wolrd Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem mengatakan, layanan pengiriman pertama dari Inggris menuju Tiongkok ini adalah kesempatan perdagangan yang signifikan. Menurutnya, DP World London Gateway adalah salah satu pusat logistik terbesar di Inggris yang dirancang dan dikembangkan untuk memastikan produk bisa di impor dan di ekspor dari Inggris melalui kapal atau kereta api dengan cara yang lebih cepat, aman dan lebih dapat diandalkan daripada sebelumnya.“Kami berharap untuk memungkinkan dan memfasilitasi perdagangan lebih antara Inggris, Cina dan seluruh dunia,” ujarnya.Selain itu, Menteri Perdagangan Inggris Greg Hands juga mengatakan, “Ini adalah jaringan perdagangan terbaru antara Inggris dengan Tiongkok melalui Jalur Sutera Kuno untuk membawa produk dari Inggris untuk dijual ke seluruh dunia. Meski waktu tempuh mencapai 18 hari, namun dari sisi pembiayaan masih jah lebih murah ketimbang mengekspor barang dengan menggunakan pesawat. Di sisi lain, mengantar barang menggunakan kapal memang murah, namun memakan waktu yang malah jauh lebih lama lagi. Penggunaan kereta barang, menurut mereka, adalah sebuah kompromi yang terbaik.Inggris adalah negara Eropa kedelapan yang menjadi tujuan kereta barang Cina, sedangkan London adalah kota tujuan kedua belas. Ini salah satu realisasi strategi ekonomi “Satu Sabuk, Satu Jalan” yang digagas Presiden Cina Xi Jinping sejak 2013. Tujuannya menghubungkan Asia dan Eropa serta Afrika melalui Jalur Sutra yang lama.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDari London, Kereta Kargo East Wind Sampai di Yiwu Setelah 19 Hari!23/05/2017In “Featured”Nippon Express Canangkan Pengiriman Barang dengan Kereta dari Cina Menuju Eropa15/10/2018In “Darat”Bangkitnya Jalur Sutra Modern Dari Cina ke Daratan Eropa02/06/2017In “Darat”
The cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems is plummeting, with prices dropping 80 percent globally between 2008 and 2013. As prices come down, consumers can save money on electricity in more markets by installing solar panels on their roofs. But accurate comparisons between the cost of solar PV and traditional electricity are not always clear or available. In the United States, solar PV capacity has increased from 3.95 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2011 to over 16 GW at the end of 2014. Many of these solar PV systems have been installed for small-to medium-size consumers, typically connected at the consumer’s location. These systems are called behind-the-meter systems as they supply electricity at the point of demand without first interacting with the grid. In 2013, these systems accounted for roughly 40 percent of new U.S. solar PV. The rise in behind-the-meter solar PV is due in large part to the increased number of markets that offer customer savings over traditional electricity supply. Some new solar suppliers in states across the U.S. promise consumers savings over their current electricity bills. However, consumers are often wary of these claims, so access to clear, accurate cost comparisons is needed. Unfortunately, there is a lack of useful, clear information to help consumers navigate the solar rooftop market. Where Solar PV Could Save Money: U.S. and India ComparisonsWRI’s new factsheet, Behind-the-Meter Solar PV: Understanding Cost Parity, outlines in basic terms what makes an accurate comparison. The three examples below follow these terms and illustrate where consumers could save money using solar PV. A more detailed analysis would be needed to understand the specifics at a given location.SUPERMARKETS: 40 percent of U.S. supermarkets would have saved money over their electricity rates in 2012 by installing rooftop solar systems. This assumes the supermarket would’ve installed solar PV systems at the national average price and with “net-metering” policies, but did not account for rising electricity rates.SCHOOLS: Between 30 to 60 percent of U.S. public and private (K-12) schools could save money by installing solar PV at a price of $2-2.5/W. This assumes a 30-year lifespan. An interactive map shows all the schools that could save money.INDIA: Commercial consumers in eight Indian states could currently save money with solar PV over their electricity rates, according to Bridge to India. This analysis was conducted on systems smaller than 50 kilowatts without subsidies. Solar PV can save consumers money in a total of 13 Indian states with the supportive policy of accelerated depreciation in place.Behind-the-Meter Solar PV: Understanding Cost Parity aims to help decision-makers, policy experts, investors, and regulators make these comparisons accurately so they can understand where they can save money using solar PV.