Panasonic offering global connectivity for enterprise

first_img T-Mobile chases enterprise with latest Uncarrier push AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 OCT 2017 Previous ArticlePoland registers strong mobile payments uptakeNext ArticleHuawei and Telefónica Deutschland Launches World’s First 5G-oriented Antenna Deployment Solution Diana Goovaerts Singtel shakes up management, names former Nokia boss as director connectivityenterprisePanasonic Panasonic announced a one-stop shop portal offering mobile connectivity across 180 countries, which is designed to make it easier for enterprises to get online and manage their carrier relationships.The P.180 platform offers enterprises the ability to obtain 3G and 4G service through 25 operator partners. Victoria Obenshain, VP of wireless strategy at Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, told Mobile World Live the platform also includes a customer portal where businesses can add or delete users, keep tabs on costs, add global roaming plans and review data analytics on usage patterns.P.180 is designed to be used exclusively with Panasonic’s Toughbook line of rugged mobile devices and computers, Obenshain noted.The executive said the platform comes in response to demand from customers who wanted greater simplicity and control, and reduced cost in their connectivity experience.“No other OEMs in our space are doing this,” Obenshain said: “This is not a simple thing to do. You need to have a lot of experience working in the enterprise space where you understand the connectivity issues and pain points clients face.”Obenshain said Panasonic teamed up with Republic of Ireland-based Cubic Telecom to make P.180 a reality. Cubic Telecom brings experience in coordinating networks for IoT connectivity, and is providing eSIM technology for mobile service, she said.Initially, Panasonic will be targeting the transportation, logistics and retail markets. But P.180 will also appeal to a diverse number of companies outside the group, Obenshain added.Panasonic aims to have the platform completely live by early December. Relatedcenter_img Author 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 SoftBank targets low-cost HAPSMobile services Home Panasonic offering global connectivity for enterprise Tags Asia last_img read more

City takes stand against tire dumping

first_img Next UpUnder the amended ordinance, each tire illegally dumped will represent a separate offense, city leaders decided. Initially, the penalty was set at $50 per tire, but council members at their May 8 meeting seemed determined to make the penalty sting for those who get caught. It should.At $100 per tire, the pain should be as profound for offenders as it is for Port Arthur people who see the ugliness left behind by tire dumping.A brief discussion among city leaders came in the wake of a report from Darlene Thomas-Pierre, director of inspections and code compliance. At least one council member grimaced at the suggestion of imposing the hundred-dollar fine. Discarding tires along Port Arthur’s byways may get costlier for offenders, starting Saturday.The City Council passed an amended ordinance this month that increases the penalty to $100 per tire for improper tire disposal, an action aimed at keeping Port Arthur from becoming an unsightly dumping ground and one which calls for the registration of “certain tire businesses and tire haulers” within the city.That ordinance was advertised Thursday and Friday and becomes effective Saturday. It’s a welcome addition to Port Arthur’s options for fighting illegal disposals. But the sheer volume of discarded tires might have changed minds. Thomas-Pierre said city crews had picked up 1,496 illegally dumped tires over the previous three weeks. Those crews had combed only part of the city, picking up discarded tires.“Dumping is illegal. You cannot dump tires on roads, in alleys, on streets or on thoroughfares,” she said during her presentation. You cannot do that, starting Saturday, without the city exacting a steeper penalty for it.Interim City Manager Harvey Robinson said picking up discarded tires is “hard work” for those who do it. We don’t doubt that. The wiser course is to get to the sources of what has become a citywide problem.Step one was passage of this ordinance, which gives sharper teeth to city enforcement. Port Arthur already gives residents the opportunity to dispose of up to four tires legally. Tire stores usually charge a nominal fee for disposal of old tires when they sell new ones. There is no excuse for dumping tires.center_img Beyond the unsightliness of abandoned tires is the health hazard, and Port Arthur must never lose sight of that. Abandoned tires are likely breeding spots for mosquitos that carry dangerous or deadly viruses.That was why the City Council in August 2012 addressed the issue of discarded tires. Many coastal or Southeast Texas counties have tested positively for West Nile virus in the past; the carriers for that scourge are mosquitoes that breed easily in tires.So there’s more to dumping tires than the visual unpleasantness. It threatens your health and your family’s health.last_img read more

Jason Manford to Return as Host for 2020 Olivier Awards

first_img Jason Manford has been announced as host of the 2020 Olivier Awards. Having previously hosted in 2017 and 2019, the much-loved comedian, actor and singer will return to the Royal Albert Hall for the glittering ceremony on April 5.”It’s great to be back hosting the Olivier Awards,” said Manford in a statement. “Having trod the boards myself many times, I’ve experienced firsthand the huge wealth of creativity and talent across the U.K. theater industry. I look forward to celebrating all the incredible work produced over the last year. It will definitely be a night to remember—see you at the Royal Albert Hall!”Manford is an award-winning comedian, broadcaster and actor known for frequent television appearances on programs like 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live at the Apollo. He boasts numerous stage credits, including the Olivier-winning production of Sweeney Todd, an acclaimed U.K. tour of The Producers and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.Competitive nominations will be revealed on March 3. Jason Manford(Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images) View Commentslast_img read more

College football’s biggest November storylines, by conference

first_imgMORE: LSU in envious Playoff position after win over AuburnSEC: Will LSU and Alabama both get in?We have the stage for a regular-season “Game of the Century” on Nov. 9 between undefeated LSU and Alabama — the first of its kind since the two teams met in a 9-6 fistfight in 2011. With LSU’s Joe Burrow — and hopefully Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa — the best-case scenario for both teams is to live up to the game of the year billing in a shootout where both quarterbacks shine. The winner goes on to win the SEC championship. The loser has the best 11-1 record in the country and snags the final Playoff spot. Don’t think it can happen? The BCS found a way to squeeze Oklahoma State out in 2011 to let the Crimson Tide and Tigers play in a second rock fight. Alabama got in without winning its division again in 2017. The Tide won the national championship in both seasons. There’s no reason to suggest it can’t happen again, with some help.Group of 5: App State or SMU? Take your pickAppalachian State and SMU are the lone unbeaten teams among the Group of 5, and either one would generate an intriguing storyline with an unbeaten season. The Mountaineers, of course, made the climb from FCS powerhouse to Sun Belt champion, and this would be their biggest stage since beating Michigan at The Big House since 2007. Could App State pull the same trick in a New Year’s Day 6 bowl against an SEC powerhouse? SMU has a tougher road in the American Athletic Conference and would have the inside track with an unbeaten season. The Mustangs — the only program in FBS history to be given the “Death Penalty” — would be back on that stage for the first time since the “Pony Express.” Sonny Dykes might get another shot in the Power 5 as a result. This would be a redemption story worth following. MORE: SN Week 10 college football rankingsDon’t just assume the chalk will hold throughout November; Oklahoma’s shocking 48-41 loss to Kansas State on Saturday proved that anything can happen.With that, looking at the biggest storyline for each of the Power 5 conferences — and Group of 5 — heading into November.ACC: Will Clemson avoid disaster?Imagine being the defending national champion — one that happens to be on a 23-game win streak — and still being held to an undefeated-or-else-standard with the rest of the FBS. That is the predicament for Clemson, and that’s mostly a byproduct of a conference that can’t cobble together a worthy challenger out of the ACC Coastal. The Tigers must mow through Wofford, N.C. State, Wake Forest and South Carolina — which pulled an upset against Georgia — before the ACC championship against what could be a three-, four- or five-loss Coastal champion. Clemson has no choice but to run that winning streak up to 28 if it wants to be guaranteed a spot in the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma’s loss certainly helped. Speaking of the Big 12. …Big 12: Can Baylor (yes, Baylor) carry the banner?Oklahoma’s 48-41 loss to Kansas State was devastating for the conference’s Playoff hopes. Even if the Sooners were to run the table from here on out, would that be enough to make the committee forget it was once down 48-23 to the Wildcats? It’s not an easy question to answer. Preseason darling Texas has three losses, so the possibility of the Sooners and Longhorns having a rematch in the Big 12 championship game doesn’t have as much shine as last season. That leaves Baylor as the lone unbeaten team in the conference, and the Bears face the Sooners and Longhorns in the final month of the season. If Baylor was able to sweep those two and win the Big 12 championship, then would the committee be willing to turn away an unbeaten Power 5 conference team? Remember, the Bears finished No. 5 in 2014 with one loss.MORE: Week 10 College Football Playoff pictureBig Ten: Will Ohio State close the deal?The Buckeyes have a strong case to the No. 1 team in the country right now. Ohio State is the only team with a point differential better than 300 after outscoring its opponents 386-63. They have three viable Heisman candidates among Justin Fields, J.K. Dobbins and Chase Young, and Ryan Day has yet to lose a game as head coach. The Buckeyes also have two huge games to keep that focus with Penn State and Michigan in the final two weeks of the season. Urban Meyer was 13-1 against those teams, and those will be the big-money games for Day. Ohio State has been left out of the Playoff each of the last two seasons with one loss. This team knows that, and there are no indications it will place itself in a similar scenario. If the Buckeyes finish 13-0, then there is a decent chance they will be the No.1 seed in the final College Football Playoff rankings.Pac-12: What’s the fallout from Oregon-USC?The biggest game remaining on the Pac-12 schedule is Oregon at USC on Saturday. The Ducks remain the conference’s best bet to claw back into the Playoff argument, and the regular-season matchup against a reeling USC is their best remaining game. Oregon needs to win that one, and by a lot, before running the table and beating Utah in the Pac-12 championship game. As for USC: Could Clay Helton beat Oregon and Utah to take the conference’s Playoff hopes with him if the Trojans show him the door? It would prove the national narrative on the conference remains a talking point for another season. October is in the books, and there are five November weeks left in the college football season. Those five weeks will shape the course of the conference championship and College Football Playoff hunts, and the anticipation is building toward the first unveiling of Playoff rankings on Nov. 5.That said, each Power 5 conference faces at least one question that, for better or worse, will be answered heading into the final leg of the season.last_img read more