Vodafone eyes Brazil deal – report

first_imgHome Vodafone eyes Brazil deal – report 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 Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Author Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Richard Handford AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 AUG 2014 Related BrazilFinancialRegulatoryVodafone Previous ArticleItalian bank grabs O2 Czech Republic stakeNext ArticleHTC unveils high-end device for Asia Tags Vodafone is considering an acquisition of one of the three major Brazilian operators with TIM its favoured target, according to a report in Estado De S.Paulo.The report points to a London meeting at the end of July between Brazilian authorities and Vodafone in which the operator said its preference was for an acquisition, and not participation in the country’s proposed auction of 4G spectrum which has been delayed anyway.Ownership of Brazilian operators is looking complicated. As well as an indirect investment in TIM, Spain’s Telefonica fully owns Vivo, the country’s biggest mobile operator. However, it is under orders from the country’s antitrust regulator to reduce its interests.Telefonica submitted a €6.7 billion ($9 billion) offer last week for Vivendi’s fixed Brazilian provider GVT – a move which could ease the Spanish operator’s regulatory position. However, it faces a rival bid from Telecom Italia.The third operator in Brazil is America Movil’s Claro.Vodafone already has a presence in Brazil’s corporate and M2M markets through a partnership with local firm Datora. However, buying a network would represent a major new focus for the UK operator.South America has not been the centre of attention recently for Vodafone as it looked to strengthen in those markets where it already has a mobile presence by adding fixed networks.CEO Vittorio Colao recently said the operator was unlikely to be interested in assets on offer from America Movil in Mexico.His message was that Vodafone only goes to new areas of the world to serve its corporate base, he told Reuters. That would seem to undermine the possibility of a Brazilian deal.Brazil was to have staged an auction of 700 MHz this month but the process faces a delay.last_img read more

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HMD Global plots US Nokia comeback with Verizon

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 OCT 2018 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 Diana Goovaerts HomeDevicesNews HMD Global plots US Nokia comeback with Verizon Tags Related Previous ArticleNokia targets device makers with Ozo audio techNext ArticleUS officials press Canada on Huawei 5G ban center_img Verizon recalls hotspots following fire probe Nokia warns of jump in IoT device infections Verizon embraces eSIM for Visible sub-brand Devices NokiaVerizon The US market was tipped as the next target in HMD Global’s effort to revive the Nokia brand, with rumours of a potential distribution agreement with Verizon.In a Twitter post, well-known leaker and VentureBeat reporter Evan Blass noted “we haven’t seen a Nokia-branded handset on Verizon since the Windows Phone-powered Lumias” hit the market several years ago, but said the brand is “poised to make an Android-flavoured return” with a special Verizon edition of Nokia’s 2.1 smartphone.He added carrying a device like the Nokia 2.1 will allow Verizon to test consumer response to the brand, while also giving it a chance to evaluate how HMD Global functions as a vendor partner.However, Blass did not provide any hints about when the Nokia phone might be launched by the operator.After acquiring a licence to use the Nokia brand in 2016, HMD Global launched a campaign to rebuild its former popularity with a refreshed range.Only a handful of those have made it to the US as unlocked devices sold through retail channels, a less than ideal arrangement in a market where many subscribers get their devices through operators. But a deal with Verizon could open new doors to help the brand secure a foothold among US consumers. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backlast_img read more

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Canada’s favorite alternative investment? Real estate

first_img(Credit: iStock)Institutional investors in Canada are prioritizing North American real estate over other alternative investment options despite some reservations about financial performance.CIBC Mellon, headquartered in Toronto, commissioned a study to find out more about how institutional investors in Canada were thinking about alternative investments.The report, titled “Race for Assets: Canada vs. the World,” showed that 42 percent of respondents favored real estate for alternative investment. However, the performance of real-estate investments ranked worse than infrastructure, private equity, private debt and hedge funds.“The biggest takeaway is that, of all the respondents we had, none indicated that they’re going to decrease allocations to alternatives,” Jon Lofto, director of alternatives at CIBC Mellon, told Real Estate News Exchange.In fact, the study showed that 92 percent of respondents favored increasing their exposure to North American real estate over other regions.“The predominance of real estate can be attributed to strongly rising property markets globally since the global financial crisis,” the report stated. “Nowhere has this been more evident than in Canada itself: Real estate prices nationally increased by over 44 percent in the five years to November 2018, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.” [RENX] — Sylvia Varnham O’Regan This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Mempho Music Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: The Raconteurs, Wu-Tang Clan, The Revivalists, More

first_imgMempho Music Festival will to Memphis, TN’s Shelby Farms Park for its third year on October 19th and 20th.The two-day event will offer an all-encompassing collection of rock, funk, hip-hop, blues, jam and everything in between. Mempho Music Festival’s 2019 event will be highlighted by headlining performances by The Raconteurs, Brandi Carlile, Wu-Tang Clan, and The Revivalists. Mempho will see additional performances by Margo Price, lovelytheband, Valerie June, PJ Morton, DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia, Matt Maeson, Reignwolf, Missio, Lord T & Eloise, Smith & Thell, Marcella & Her Lovers, Mark Edgar Stuart, and Summer Avenue. Following the festival’s Memphis tribute set last year, which honored Royal Studios, the 2019 festival will honor its Memphis heritage with a tribute set dedicated to Sun Studio. Led by Jerry Phillips—son of Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Studio who hosted notable sessions with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and more–the Sun Studio Tribute will feature Jason D. Williams, Amy Levere, David Brookings, John Paul Keith, Will Sexton, Lahna Deering, Seth Moody, George Sluppick, and Graham Winchester.Nestled in the heart of Shelby Farms Park, Mempho Fest blends today’s top performers with Memphis’ rich musical history, creating a festival experience filled with music, food, and nature for people of all ages.Mempho Music Festival is the first major music festival held in the natural splendor of Shelby Farms Park, which plays host to a diverse range of outdoor activities including biking, canoeing, zip lining, horseback riding, and more. Building off Mempho Fest’s first two years, the festival will offer multiple live music stages and an interactive dome that melds together the worlds of music, art, science, and design.A variety of different ticket pages are now on sale here.Head to Mempho Music Festival’s website for more information on their 2019 event.last_img read more

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Hunt Aerodynamicist takes on rim brakes with deep carbon road wheels

first_imgSure the bulk of modern wheel development we see  now is around disc brakes, but the vast majority of road, time trial & triathlon bikes actually being raced in competition are still sporting rim brakes. So Hunt Wheels sent their Aerodynamicist design engineers back to the wind tunnel to create a range of faster carbon rim brake wheels that won’t break the bank.Hunt Aerodynamicist aero carbon rim brake road wheelsall photos c. Hunt Bike WheelsAs Hunt themselves put it, the aero rim brake wheel market is already pretty saturated, and they are kind of coming late to the party after devoting some much development on disc brakes and multi-surface wheels. But even from the start of their Limitless “world’s fastest road disc” project, Hunt’s small design team was looking to up their aero game for rim brakes, too. Admittedly, gains weren’t as easy with the rim brake track in the way, but Hunt is happy with the three new deep aero carbon rim profiles that in-house engineering team manager Luisa Grappone developed.And in classic Hunt Aerodynamicist fashion, they’ve matched or outperformed the premium competition at 52, 62 & 82mm deep, released the real drag data to back it up, and have done all that at a price level more affordable than pretty much everyone at that top aero level.How did Hunt do it?Hunt’s Aerodynamicist concept essentially can be boiled down to “widening profiles below the edge of the rim to improve performance and stability across multiple yaw angles”… think wide curved shapes with blunt nose.That was easier without brakes to consider. But working with a 27mm wide, parallel brake track and hooked, tubeless-ready beads with a 19-19.5mm internal width, Hunt took advantage of all the space available.The result is these three rim profiles, 28.1-29.5mm wide at their widest and 52mm, 62mm & 82mm deep. Hunt’s data shows the 82 wheel to be the fastest against everything they tested, while the 52 & 62 are competitive with the best of the other great wheels on the market.The full detailed testing protocols and results of Hunt’s rim brake aero development is available for those who want to dive into the process or learn more about their findings in detail. Read the White Paper Research Report here.Hunt Carbon Aerodynamicist, in the detailsAll three rims were developed entirely in-house & are Hunt specific, built up from a mix of  Toray T700 & T800 fibers to balance a high strength:weight ratio. UD carbon is used for the most part, with 3K weave fiber reinforcing the rim bed & spoke areas, and Hunt’s Griptec basalt ceramic fiber brake track for high-performance all-weather stopping and long-term durability. Their internal width is designed & aerodynamics optimized for 25-28mm tubeless tires, but still narrow enough to safely run a 23c tire for bike with tighter clearances.The wheels are laced to Hunt’s lightweight Race Season Sprint hubs with straight pull, four-sided Pillar Wing spokes for less drag than aerofoil spokes in wide-ranging wind conditions. Oh, and external alloy nipples for real world serviceability. The 6061-T6 forged & CNC-machined QR-ready hubs spin big 15mm alloy axles on industry benchmark CeramicSpeed hybrid ceramic bearings, get fast 7.5° engagement, and are available with alloy Shimano, Campagnolo & SRAM XD/XDR freehub bodies with steel spline protection.Complete wheelset pair range from 1518g for the 52mm wheels, 1575g for the 62mm set, up to 1738g for the deepest 82mm pair.Rim Brake Aerodynamicist – Pricing & availabilityHunt Carbon Aerodynamicist wheels are sold in pairs, but you can use Hunt’s drop-down menus to mix & match rim depths to get your ideal setup. Wheelsets include external brass cam QRs, carbon-specific brake pads, tubeless tape & tubeless valves already installed, plus spare spokes & spoke tools.Wheelset pricing increases as the rims get deeper, as it does when you pick a deeper rear wheel. Matched 52 wheelsets sell for £1189 / $1606. A 62 set sells for £1249 / $1687. And the deepest and most expensive 82 wheelset sells for £1329 / $1795. Single wheels are also available separately, especially helpful to pair with a solid disc wheel (something Hunt has teased, but not made available yet.)As is pretty standard for newly introduced Hunt direct-to-consumer wheels, pay a refundable £99 deposit now to reserve a set of the Carbon Aerodynamicist wheels ahead of their late March 2020 delivery date.HuntBikeWheels.comlast_img read more

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Young at heart

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