LTE surpasses 50% population coverage globally – ITU

first_imgHome LTE surpasses 50% population coverage globally – ITU Related Strengthening LTE foundation to maximise 5G potential ITULTE Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Previous ArticleVerizon to buy Yahoo core for $5B, eyes ad marketNext ArticleSprint picks up lucrative customers, but losses climb ITU calls for rural coverage action AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 JUL 2016 Kavit Majithia More than half the world’s population can now access LTE, with networks having spread to almost four billion people, according to a new report by the ITU.The ITU’s ICT Facts and Figures study showed that 53 per cent of people have access to LTE, while basic mobile services (2G networks) have close to ubiquitous coverage, at 95 per cent.Networks providing 3G coverage or above, meanwhile, reach 84 per cent of the global population, but only 67 per cent of rural areas.Rising accessibility will mean a rise in total mobile broadband subscriptions by the end of this year, increasing from 3.2 billion to 3.6 billion, noted the report.This could also be down to affordability, with the average price for a basic fixed broadband plan more than twice as high as the average for a comparable mobile broadband service.In “Least Developed Countries” (classified by the UN in terms of poverty, human resource and economic vulnerability) fixed services are on average more than three times as expensive as mobile broadband.Mobile internet subscriptions in developing countries continue to show growth, reaching 41 per cent penetration, but the internet body warned that growth in this metric is slowing overall.Developed countries show a 90.3 per cent penetration rate, while the world stands at close to 50 per cent.Some 3.9 billion people, more than half of the world’s population, will however still not be using the internet in any form by the end of the year, the report added, with internet penetration reaching 81 per cent in developed countries, 40 per cent in developing countries and only 15 per cent in LDCs. Samsung lights LTE public safety network Tags Authorlast_img read more

Chief Operating Officer of Stagecoach is to retire this year

first_imgMark Threapleton, Stagecoach Chief Operating Officer (COO), is to retire from his role in September this year. Stagecoach has recently confirmed that there are succession plans in place for the senior role with a phased transition beginning in May.  Mark has spent 40 years in the transport sector. He started in 1976 with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and joined Stagecoach as Operations Director in 1995.  He stayed with the company for 25 years through a variety of roles before becoming COO in July 2019. Chief Executive Martin Griffiths says: “Mark is a highly respected senior executive in the UK bus industry and a highly regarded member of our team. He has made a significant contribution to the business over more than two decades. “We have already started the process to recruit a successor to ensure there is a smooth transition when Mark retires. We wish him a well-deserved and long retirement with his family when that time comes.” The role will be renamed Stagecoach UK Managing Director. The successful candidate will be confirmed at a later date.last_img read more

2013 Next Generation Manufacturing Study reveals opportunities

first_img2013 Next Generation Manufacturing Study Reveals Opportunities for Manufacturers to ExcelRandolph Center, VT – In conjunction with National Manufacturing Day activities being held during the month of October across Vermont, the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) is pleased to announce the release today of the “2013 Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study.” The NGM Study measures manufacturers’ readiness, support systems, resources, and performances in six key strategic areas necessary for world-class manufacturing and future success. Those key areas include: 1) Customer-focused Innovation; 2) Engaged people / human capital acquisition, development and retention; 3) Superior processes / improvement focus; 4) Supply chain management and collaboration; 5) Sustainability; and 6) Global engagement.  The American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), in partnership with  The Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI), part of  The MPI Group, chose National Manufacturing Day to release a summary of its results from the 2013 Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study based on recent survey responses by manufacturing executives from Vermont and across the United States. Current data shows that manufacturing organizations that achieve world-class status in at least two of the six NGM strategies, and maintain industry-average levels in the other four areas, are in the best position for long-term survival and success.  However, the 2013 data finds that most of these manufacturers ‘ successful as they are today ‘ are not sufficiently investing in the strategies that will carry their firms into tomorrow. ‘The study data identifies an enormous execution gap ‘ the difference between the numbers of firms that recognize the importance of a particular NGM strategy, and the number that comes close to or that achieved world-class status in that strategy,’ said John Brandt, Founder & CEO of MPI.  For example, the study found: 90% of manufacturers believe superior process improvement is important, whereas only 44% of those manufacturers are near or currently at world-class status in process improvements.While human capital management is an issue, NGM data suggests few manufacturers are taking initiative to address talent shortages: 69% of manufacturing executives have the leadership and talent to drive world-class customer-focused innovation, but only 37% have talent development programs to support world-class customer-focused innovation.Most manufacturers have the tools, technologies and business equipment they need today, but those tools won’t meet the needs of the future.  Only 11% of manufacturers describe their tools and business equipment as ‘state-of-the-art’ and capable of providing long-term support for world-class supply-chain management.33% of manufacturing executives anticipate a planned leadership succession in the next five years, and another 28% of executives indicate a succession may occur.Similar to 2011, manufacturers continue to seek external support from outside organizations in dealing with a range of activities from compliance issues, to strategic planning, to supply-chain development. Of those manufacturers that have used outside resources, they report a positive impact.According to Bob Zider, VMEC Director / CEO, “Clearly, small and medium-sized Vermont manufacturers must continue to transform and stay focused wherever possible on closing the execution gaps across all six NGM strategies in order to remain competitive long term, and that unfortunately isn’t happening rapidly enough when you compare  the 2013 NGM survey results against results from the 2009 and 2011 NGM Surveys.’ About VMEC – Since 1995, VMEC has operated as a not-for-profit with a primary mission “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” This is done through confidential consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation assistance and training to help Vermont manufacturers achieve profitable growth through innovation, increase their productivity, improve their manufacturing and business processes, reduce costs, improve competitiveness, and create and retain good paying jobs.   Through the VMEC PSG business unit established in 2006, VMEC also brings its deep process and strategy expertise to selected non-manufacturing sectors in Vermont, including but not limited to healthcare, higher education, government, and financial services. Visit www.vmec.org(link is external) for more information. Randolph Center, VT – 10.4.2013last_img read more

Shawnee Mission Faces: Abby Morrison, teen clay sculpture business owner and art enthusiast

first_imgA painter and clay sculptor by trade, Abby Morrison is a busy teenager running her own business, Umbrella Clay. The 14-year-old artist calls herself “a huge art fan” with not only making her creations but enjoying the work of others as well. She also participated in Shawnee’s kid business fair a few weeks ago at the Shawnee Civic Centre. When not creating new art, Morrison spends time with friends and reading novels. She’s been in homeschool with a group called Educate. She lives in Lenexa with her parents, Chris and Julie Morrison, and an older sister.I’m trying to share happiness through my creation of art, and that’s why it’s Umbrella Clay, ‘cause I want everyone to be under the umbrella. I sculpt, sometimes people, sometimes animals, or decorations of sorts. Or I paint and incorporate clay into that.I have to get myself into a certain mood, but I can do any kind of emotion that I’m feeling and encapsulate it. I don’t usually share those ones though, because people don’t always like to see the kind of darker, sadder ones. The happy ones are the ones that I want to share because I want to share that happiness with other people.A lot of my clay things that I make, or my paintings, I can listen to music and kind of see something from it. So maybe it’s a color that I see with the sound or maybe it’s a shape or a movement or a person or an outfit that I could put onto a person to make out of clay or to paint a design.Sharing emotions is kind of some of my favorite stuff. A lot of times it involves music. I always like to say one of my biggest parts of my creative process is laughter. It’s just whatever I’m feeling, I can just see it into colors and see it into sounds or shapes and movements, and create those from what I imagine or what I see. I’m not a music artist, I just, I hear things and it’s inspiration, is what it is.The reason that I started making things out of clay was because I loved making gifts for people. And I would find out what people liked, and then I would make something specifically tailored to that person to make them happy and to share that happiness with them.Now, I wanted to have it as a business because I was specifically interested in the commissioning aspect of it. Somebody could suggest something, and I could tailor it for them, just like I would do with gifts. And I wanted it to be affordable too, because I think that a lot of people, especially nowadays, people are so stressed about everything all the time. So I just kind of want to share that, I want to share my little bottles of happiness, is what I call them. They bring me joy, and so I hope that I can bring other people joy.Sometimes I do feel kind of silly because I’m younger. At first, I remember sharing the idea with my mom and my dad, and my mom was like yeah let’s do it, and my dad was like that’s never gonna work (laughs). And I was like you know, we’re gonna try anyway. But like, ‘cause he was worried that I was going to put so much into this and it not work out, and then I would be very sad about it. And I think that one of the biggest things that he forgot to remember was even if I do fail — and that’s one thing that I think everybody should remember — is even if you do fail, you had fun along the way and you learned along the way. That’s the biggest thing.I have had people underestimate me, but then also sometimes, I’ll underestimate myself because of that. I remember one time specifically, my friend actually hit me after I said that. Like, she slapped me and she said focus. And I will always remember that because she was so determined for me to understand that everybody was there supporting me no matter what I did. So even if it didn’t work out, she was still there constantly reminding me that hey it’s still going somewhere. It might not be going where you want it to, but it’s still going.It might feel like people don’t really see what you’re trying to get them to see, but there’s always those people that will always be there through the whole of it. I think that’s always something good to remember.last_img read more

Spanish company makes UK debut

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A facelift for NEC3

first_imgHaving celebrated its 10th birthday this year, it seems a good time to reflect on the NEC3 form of contract and ask if it has lived up to expectations or whether the challenges often identified with its use mean that it is time for an upgrade.The NEC3 has become known in the industry as the Marmite contract: you either love it or hate it – it is certainly difficult to be indifferent to it. Either way, it is the contract of choice for the procurement of major infrastructure schemes and an increasing number of commercial and social infrastructure projects.The intention behind the first NEC forms back in 1993 was to move away from adversarial forms of contract and establish a more collaborative model based on the principles of best practice in project management. Now in its 3rd edition, it has gained significant traction in the industry with its continued focus on project delivery and aligning the objectives of the parties, rather than “risk dumping” and “combative” structures which all too often serve as fertile breeding grounds for disputes.Proponents of the NEC3 point to a track record of successful delivery on major schemes such as: Heathrow Terminals 2 and 5, the London Olympics, Christchurch International Airport and the new Terminal 3 at Indira Ghandi International Airport in India. The form has also attracted endorsement from big-hitting industry players including the Highways Agency, Crossrail, the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency, Aldar Properties in Abu Dhabi and the government of Hong Kong.However, detractors can list many NEC3 projects that have not fared so well. Is it the “nature” of the NEC3 or the way in which it is “nurtured” that leads to the success, or failure, of projects on which it is adopted?There are some amendments introduced so regularly that it may be wise to standardise themBy nature, NEC3 is more than just a statement of contractual rights. It is a fundamentally different approach that requires active project management to enable clear and timely decisions to be made. It encourages the parties to identify risks and share information/solutions to problems they encounter and thereby create a much more collaborative approach to project delivery.As objectively sensible as the above sounds, it is, however, these very provisions that lead to one of the most common criticisms of the NEC3 – the fact that it places a heavy administrative burden on the contractor and the project manager. If operated properly, any substantial project will generate hundreds, if not thousands, of notifications and formal contractual communications. This in turn causes the parties to quickly become overwhelmed and the contractual machinery is often abandoned for something more practical.  Proponents of the NEC3 point to the fact that so few disputes under these contracts have come before the courts.  While that is true, that may owe more to the existence of statutory and contractual adjudication than the use of the NEC3 form alone. In so far as dispute avoidance is a positive side effect of the collaborative approach, some judicial guidance as to how its clauses should be understood to operate would not be unwelcome.The criticism of the NEC3, whether justified or not, has left it susceptible to the red pen and most people would agree that significant amendments are necessary on any particular project.  However, when do the amendments start to undermine the decision to use the NEC3 in the first place?There are some amendments introduced so regularly that it may be wise to standardise them so as to more accurately reflect the market position. For example: establishing the order of document precedence in the event of a conflict; requiring the contractor to proceed “regularly and diligently” with the works; amendment to the definitions of “defect” and “disallowed costs”; distinguishing between “time and cost” and “time only” compensation events; streamlining of the bureaucratic “compensation event” mechanism and perhaps even clarifying the meaning of Clause 10.1 …Whatever your perspective, it is undeniable that NEC3 has been a force for significant change in thinking and approach within our industry. The achievement of the aims of NEC3 in prioritising collaboration and mitigating disputes are greatly to be desired but the administrative burden can prove too much and a re-vamp of the current form would be welcome.Honest introspection as to how these contracts are actually being amended and administered would hopefully result in simplification and streamlining thereby making it more accessible and popular. A contract that seeks (long-term) to change the perspective and culture of the industry cannot do so from the fringes and in its current incarnation; it remains most effective for those with very deep pockets and a lot of patience … scarce resources indeed.Kevin Joyce is a partner and Katherine Butler is an associate at Nabarrolast_img read more

Solskjaer has full trust on Pogba’s leadership qualities ahead of Liverpool match

first_imgAdvertisement zmwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs10tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9i4fcd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ne2yWould you ever consider trying this?😱lyzdCan your students do this? 🌚Roller skating! Powered by Firework Prior to Manchester United’s Sunday showdown with Liverpool, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keeping his faith on Paul Pogba’s leadership qualities.Advertisement With nine goals and six assists in all competitive matches since Solksjaer joined the club as the caretaker manager in December, Pogba has been on a high note.Solskjaer who will be looking forward to holding their ground against the Reds at Old Trafford spoke about how much the French World cup winner has improved compared to the time when he was under Jose Mourinho.Advertisement Pogba was kept on the bench in the 3-1 loss at Anfield against Liverpool which ultimately led to Mourinho’s sacking from the club. Solskjaer, however, has shown that he has faith in Pogba by using him to the best of his capability.Advertisement Solskjaer is satisfied with the fact that Pogba who has often been criticized for his interesting haircuts and lack of consistency has finally managed to silence his doubters.“Paul is a leader in training, he is a leader in the dressing room. Players are allowed to be themselves and that’s my job as well – to allow that. He spends a lot of energy being a leader on and off the pitch. If you want a nice car, a different haircut, that’s no problem,” said Solskjaer.Ole has also pointed out that even though Mourinho had kept Pogba subbed for most of the time during his tenure, the Frenchman still has the distinction of playing the most minutes for United apart from David de Gea and Nemanja Matic. Advertisementlast_img read more

Xavi Hernandez agrees a 40 per cent salary cut

first_img 19/04/2020 Xavi Hernández acuerda una rebaja salarial del 40% Upd. at 21:05 IN SPORT.ES Xavi Hernandez has agreed on a salary cut with Al Sadd of around 40 per cent, per AS. The coach wanted to take a step forward and help out in the new economic reality and has agreed on this figure with the club while competitions are on hold.  The coach is not the only one at the club who has seen his salary affected, with players in the squad also having a reduction – just like in major leagues across the world. Sport EN CEST The federation there is planning to return to normal on April 30 but that date could easily be extended.last_img

Carols on again

first_imgLAKESIDE Pakenham will hold Carols by Candlelight at the amphitheatre behind the Cardinia Cultural Centre. The carols will be held…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Pakenham line: ‘one of the worst’

first_imgBy Mitchell Clarke The Pakenham line continues to fare as one of Metro’s worst performing lines, with trains failing to meet targets every…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img