Merger uncertainty weighs on US Cellular strategy

first_img Previous ArticleGoogle boosts wearables play with $2.1B Fitbit buyNext ArticleKDDI profit jumps on mobile upswing 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 Home Merger uncertainty weighs on US Cellular strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 NOV 2019 Related US Cellular CEO Kenneth Meyers noted uncertainty arising from T-Mobile US and Sprint’s proposed merger had resulted in difficulties securing new partnerships and planning for the future, as the operator revealed a drop in net income during Q3.On its earnings call, Meyers said US Cellular is evaluating ways to build value, “discussing how else we could either use our network, or partner up and serve some other network’s needs”.But he noted the “ability of other parties to commit is muddy at best” until the looming deal is resolved. “Everybody’s looking at the same board saying if this happens go this way, but if that happens maybe go a different way. And we’re still waiting for that.”The comments came as US Cellular posted Q3 results in which revenue grew 3 per cent year-on-year to $1.03 billion but net profit attributable to shareholders fell from $35.7 million to $23.4 million.It lost 19,000 post-paid subscribers in the recent quarter, compared with 1,000 in Q3 2018, which Meyers attributed to slow activity in July and August, and connected device defections.Spectrum needsAs the operator aims for 5G deployments in early 2020, Meyers reiterated the need for mid-band spectrum.But CTO Michael Irizarry said not all bands are created equal, noting key differences between the 3.5GHz (CBRS) band recently unlocked by regulators, and the 3.7GHz and 4.2GHz (C-Band) range currently under consideration.“CBRS is not an alternative to C-Band. There’s not enough of it and currently the power levels are significantly less than what’s planned for C-Band. So while it has a place in our 5G strategy, we view C-Band as critical to offering high speed and capacity in the less dense areas.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Diana Goovaerts FCC mulls 12GHz band for mobile use Telkom Kenya, Airtel clear to restart merger talks Tags Ericsson on mission to tackle Africa spectrum gaps mergerspectrum allocationUS Cellularlast_img read more

News / ‘Fear of being first’ may be the biggest hurdle for blockchain in logistics

first_imgMr Brody said it generally took about a decade for companies to be comfortable with new technology, pointing out that Amazon Web Services launched in 2006 – “the first day of the industrialised public cloud” – but it was only in 2017 that the majority of ERP installs were moved to the cloud.On the sidelines of the BiTA event, one frustrated executive, brought into a company as its digital transformation officer, said management had decided to kick blockchain into the long grass for another year.“But my competitor is up there today, rolling out its blockchain-based solutions. If we don’t do it, we won’t survive,” he said.“The biggest resistance to my job is internal. People think their jobs could be at risk if we move all our processes to blockchain – and there could be job losses, but if we don’t do it, we won’t survive.“Our company is quite old for this sector, but it’s going to be disrupted. They asked me to disrupt it internally, but now won’t take the necessary steps. I am having to do the work ‘underground’, and when I’ve finished I’ll present it internally and roll it out to customers as a done deal.”His words echoed those of Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx, who said this month that companies which ignored new technologies, such as blockchain, would become extinct.Dale Chrystie, vp strategic planning and support for FedEx Freight, told attendees: “That speech caused some movement behind the scenes.“We already have a lot of technology, RFID and so on, so it’s not a big shift. There is a chain of custody at FedEx in everything, and lots of parts that this technology can help with.“We spend a lot of time looking in the rearview mirror, working out what happened and why. There will be a lot of that to start with using blockchain, but then it’ll move on and create a pipeline that just works.”It will take some time to develop that pipeline, added Ron Piwetz, enterprise architect for BNSF Railways. “We strongly believe in developing a set of standards. That’s not to say we don’t do anything before standards exist, but they are important.”He added that shipper customers had started the conversation about blockchain and were keen to see progress.Mr Chrystie added that while it might be early days, and there would be mistakes, this was a critical part of the process.“Early work cases are important. You can’t miss out on the early steps – we are in the starting phase, at step number three in 100.“We need to keep learning, fail fast and move forward.” © Elnur Internal resistance, or fear of being first, could be one of the most challenging aspects of introducing blockchain into logistics.Paul Brody, global blockchain leader for EY, told members of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) in Atlanta this week that his firm had developed a blockchain-based system for a large client that saved $1bn in costs, was secure and met all requirements.“We were punching the air when they told us how good it was,” he said. “But then, the client said it wouldn’t be taking the system.”When asked why, the client replied: “We don’t want to be first.”center_img By Alex Lennane in Atlanta 23/05/2018last_img read more

White House Secret Service Agents Come to Ducklings Aid

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA mother duck and her ducklings visited the White House Wednesday, but the mom was the only one of the group big enough to jump the concrete barrier beneath the fence.Her young ducklings were stuck milling about on the sidewalk below until armed guards came to the rescue.Two uniformed Secret Service agents saw the separation and came to the ducklings’ aid, lifting each baby through the fence.Tourists gave the agents a big round of applause afterward.(WATCH the video from NBC via the Rachel Maddow Show)last_img read more

Vo indicted in shooting death of his son

first_img Vo reportedly old police he broke loose from his son and got into the home and retrieved a firearm. He then went back into the kitchen and stood at the door that leads to the garage and told police, “he could see Peter, his daughter and wife on the other side of the door.”He then fired a shot to scare his son.The bullet struck his son, Tran, killing him. BEAUMONT — A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Lam Xuan Vo for manslaughter in the death of his son.Vo, 45, of Port Arthur, is accused of the second degree felony stemming form an incident that occurred May 15.A probable cause affidavit issued for the arrest of Vo showed that he and his son, Peter Tran, 23, had gotten into a physical fight on the night of May 15 in a garage in a home in the 2000 block of Woodrow Drive. Police believe Vo was reckless when he fired the gun, knowing his son was on the other side of the door, according to the affidavit.Vo was initially charged with murder and bond set at $500,000 but the charge was changed to manslaughter and corresponding bond at $100,000. He bonded out of jail May 19.last_img read more

Holland America Avoids Acapulco amid Security Concerns

first_imgUS-based cruise company Holland America Line has decided to stop calling at Mexico’s city of Acapulco, located in the state of Guerrero, on eight scheduled 2017/2018 cruises “due to recent security concerns.”Related to itineraries on seven Panama Canal and one South America cruise, the changes would include replacing the Acapulco call with other Mexican ports.The move was made on the back of a surge in crime and drug-related incidents in the area, which have been repelling cruise companies from this beach resort town from 2010, according to Fox News.Guests on affected cruises have been notified of the change, Holland America Line, a part of cruise line conglomerate Carnival Corporation & plc, said, adding that “the safety of our guests is our top priority.”In early December 2016, the US Department of State warned citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas.“The state of Guerrero was the most violent state in Mexico in 2015 for the third year in a row, and self-defense groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Armed members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and, although not considered hostile to foreigners or tourists, are suspicious of outsiders and should be considered volatile and unpredictable,” the US Department of State earlier informed.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Carlos Felipe Jaramillo Appointed World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean

first_imgCarlos Felipe Jaramillo, an economist and development expert with almost two decades of experience at the World Bank Group, has been appointed Vice President for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region, effective July 1, 2020. Mr. Jaramillo will manage Bank relations with 31 countries and a portfolio of ongoing projects, technical assistance and grants of almost US$32 billion.Mr. Jaramillo will lead the Bank’s unprecedented response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis in the region. The pandemic has hit Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) hard. Millions of people are facing serious social, economic, and public policy implications. The poorest and most vulnerable people will suffer the most and it is crucial to do everything possible to mitigate that impact.“The World Bank Group will play a critical and constructive role in our region’s recovery,” said Felipe Jaramillo, World Bank Vice President for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. “We must rethink the future, not just go back to the same normal as before. That means making the changes needed to fuel growth, reduce poverty, and protect the environment.”The World Bank quickly mobilized to support the health, social and economic response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Around US$700 million was quickly deployed in 14 countries in LAC to acquire gloves, masks, respirators, and other critical medical supplies. Over the next 15 months, the World Bank’s assistance to developing countries will reach US$160 billion. Much of this will benefit governments in the LAC to better deal with the emergency.Social protection programs will be more necessary than ever to help the poorest people and informal workers. Efforts must be made to preserve jobs and prevent those who recently climbed up to join the middle class from falling back down into poverty.Prior to his current role, Mr. Jaramillo was the World Bank country director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda, based in Nairobi. He was also senior director of the World Bank Group’s Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice (MTI), where he led a global team of more than 450 economists. Since joining the World Bank in 2002, he served two terms as country director in the Latin America and Caribbean Region.“It is an honor and privilege to be returning to the LAC region at this time to help our countries face the enormous challenges ahead,” Mr. Jaramillo said.Mr. Jaramillo is a Colombian citizen. Prior to joining the Bank, he was a public servant in the Government of Colombia, holding offices in the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank, the National Planning Department and the Ministry of Trade.Mr. Jaramillo holds an M.A. and a PhD. in development economics from Stanford University. He has taught at the Department of Economics of the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota and at the University of Maryland, College Park. Share Share Share 31 Views   no discussions BusinessInternationalNews Carlos Felipe Jaramillo Appointed World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean by: – May 13, 2020 Tweet Sharing is caring! World Bank Group Response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) The World Bank Group, one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries, is taking broad, fast action to help developing countries strengthen their pandemic response. We are increasing disease surveillance, improving public health interventions, and helping the private sector continue to operate and sustain jobs. Over the next 15 months, we will be deploying up to $160 billion in financial support to help countries protect the poor and vulnerable, support businesses, and bolster economic recovery, including $50 billion of new IDA resources in grants or highly concessional terms.last_img read more

Boxing: Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller come near BRAWL !!(VIDEO)

first_imgAdvertisement 4pbfrmNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsjebgjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6i( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9oxw67Would you ever consider trying this?😱2il2Can your students do this? 🌚7k4tRoller skating! Powered by Firework Heavyweight Anthony Joshua faced off with Alexander Povetkin on Tuesday – only for Jarrell Miller to try to steal the show. Former Olympic champion Joshua had to square up to Miller during his meet with Povetkin after the American invaded the stage. Miller has wanted to face Joshua – who fights Povetkin in his seventh world title defense at Wembley Stadium on September 22.Advertisement Miller is ranked at number three with the IBF and WBA and remains a viable opponent for Joshua.Advertisement Joshua told Sky Sports: “This is where I’m at right now, I can’t sit down for too long because there’s always people clucking around me feet. I have got to kick them back down.“People talk about me and see me face-to-face and they still want to talk.Advertisement “I defend my titles in the ring time and time again. I just wont tolerate it out of the ring either.“Anyone is welcome to come and get the smoke as well. Firstly focus on Povetkin and you never know what the future holds.”Joshua holds three of the four major world titles – the IBF, WBA, and WBO – with Deontay Wilder’s WBC belt between him being undisputed heavyweight champion.He fights Povetkin as a mandatory bout but Wilder is the opponent he wants.VIDEO:BREAKING NEWS: ANTHONY JOSHUA AND JARRELL MILLER COME FACE 2 FACE BREAKING NEWS: pic.twitter.com/MTQHY2vTyf— Frankie Knuckles (@Knuckleuptv) July 17, 2018  Advertisementlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Peewee Leafs

first_imgThe Nelson Peewee Leafs have been struggling to find consistency this season on the Minor Hockey circuit. The Leafs, starting the season off on a sour note, are looking to put it all together for the 2011 part of the season.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute the Nelson Peewee Leafs with Team of the Week honours.The members of the team include, back row, L-R, assistant coach Jared Seminoff, assistant coach Brian Jones, Taylor Cooper, Amit Bhabra, Matthew Jones, Matthew Brind’Amour, Aigne Mcgeady-Bruce, Justin Podgorenko, Jayden Maida, Merissa Dawson, Everett Hicks and head coach Ron Podgorenko. Front, Joey Timmermans, Kaleb Comishin, Logan Mengler, Ben Woodwar, Jaden Bennett, Jacob Shukin, Bryce Twible, and Curt Doyle. Missing, assistant coach Greg Andrusak, goalie coach Ian Perreault.The Leafs are off to Spokane for a pair of league games Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

Fullerton birdies 18 to capture first Zone One West Kootenay Junior tour title Sunday in Nakusp

first_imgRyan Fullerton took advantage of a small field to capture his first ever Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf tour title Sunday at the Nakusp course. “Ryan played solid golf all day and sealed the victory sticking his approach on 18 to five feet and then making the birdie putt,” said zone coordinator Rob McKay.”Ryan has played the circuit for three years and he was well deserving of the win.”Brenan Moroney of Rossland/Trail won the 17-18 division while in the 15-16 category Brett Mengler of the host Nakusp course took first ahead of Amber Arnold from Castlegar.The 14 and under division went to a playoff with Braden McKay from RTCC beating Carson Arcuri from Granite Point on the second playoff hole. On the first playoff hole Carson made a fantastic par save from the bunker, but on the second hole of the playoff his approach ran through the green and he was not able to get up and down. In the Net division the McInnes brothers from Nakusp took honors.  Nathyn McInnes took the 15 – 18 year old division with a net 67 and Dugan the 14 and under with a net 63. In the skill prizes Brenan Moroney and Braden McKay both dominated.  Both kids won the KP and LD in their age divisions.last_img read more

Goals Arrest The Garda Challenge As NUI Galway Record Win In Senior Football League

first_imgA nervous outing to Templemore ended with a ultimately comfortable seven points win against a competitive home side who gave the visitors much to think about before two goals in as many minutes decided the contest.Fielding a sizable number of players from last years Sigerson campaign NUIGalway exchanged early blows with the Garda college managed by long time former Clare senior goalkeeper Joe Hayes. Indeed for an early season foray both sides were intent on securing the league points that would defer relegation fears.A sizable attendance in the Templemore grounds had to wait until the fourth minute for NUIGalway centre forward Owen Gallagher to open the scoring. Kildare’s Jack Robinson added to this opener before Headford’s Enda Tierney (2) and Patrick O Donnell left the winners (0-5) to (0-2) clear as Galway starlet Paul Mannion was impressive for the Garda College.Aaron Brady in the NUI Galway goal was quick off his line to deny Paul Mannion just before Kevin Quinn was also stopped from hitting the game’s first goal at the other end. Mannion added two scores and with seven minutes left in the first half the sides were level.Both sides were guilty of errors in front of goal more so Maurice Sheridan’s men. Indeed a scoretaker of renown Sheridan would have worried more for NUIGalway in this aspect as they hit 18 wides over the duration of the outing. Kieran Molloy even though named at 15 was sweeping all over the well prepared Tipperary venue.Enda Tierney edged his side a point clear before three scores from Garda sent them into the lead. This was as good as it got for the trainee’s as Tierney (2) and Kevin Quinn were on the mark to leave NUI Galway ahead by the odd score in 17 at the interval.Two early second half scores by Garda left them ahead by the minimum and indeed NUI Galway were under the cosh before Kevin Quinn with two scores and one response from Garda left the sides deadlocked at (0-11) apiece and one feeling the NUI Galway had retaken the initiative in the contest. The result was effectively decided between the 41st and 45th minute with NUI Galway hitting (2-1) opposed to a solitary score from Garda. Patrick O’Donnell and Owen Gallagher were the goalscorers as Jack Robinson added the minor.The final quarter saw (1-2) more from NUI Galwayy as Garda kept plugging away with Fionan O Laoi the scorer from the penalty sport after he won the free. NUI Galway move onto Round 2 to play IT Sligo at 6pm in IT Sligo next Wednesday evening.NUI Galway: Aaron Brady, Stephen Brennan, Sean Mulkerrins, Ciaran McCloskey, Patrick O’Donnell (1-1), Ruairi Greene, Nathan Mullen, Cian Darcy, Kevin McDonnell, Donal Shanley, Owen Gallagher (1-1), Enda Tierney (0-4), Jack Robinson(0-4), Kevin Quinn (0-3), Kieran Molloy.Subs: Fionan O’Laoi (1-1). By Michael O Connor NUIGalway GPO NUI Galway 3-14 Garda College 0-16center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more