Freemium MVNO model a success, claims FreedomPop head

first_img FreedomPop AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 FEB 2016 Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Previous ArticleXiaomi looks to revive growth with flagshipsNext ArticleIoT experts fret over fragmentation Author Tags Steve Costello HomeMWC16 Freemium MVNO model a success, claims FreedomPop head The UK launch of its free MVNO service was a success, said FreedomPop president Nicholas Constantinopoulos.“It has been a showcase for the company and demonstrates we can break into markets other than the US. We’re in talks with other operators in Latin America, Asia and Africa to do the same.”He confirmed that the company was financially comfortable, having now raised $85 million, which would enable it to expand into other markets around the world.This UK launch – its first outside of the US – required no capital expenditure with all operations and IT systems being hosted on FreedomPop’s systems in Los Angeles.“There is no staff in the UK,” said Constantinopoulos in the Reinvention of the MVNO conference session. “New customers do everything online. We have nothing like top-up or scratch cards.”The company claims that only a third of its customers, said now to have climbed to over one million worldwide, pay nothing for the service. The remainder are buying extra bundles or service add-ons over and above the free service, paying an average of more than $15 per month.On a more general note, Constantinopoulos warned that MVNOs attempting to compete in markets using price was a route to failure. “I suggest that an MVNO should look to specialise and innovate, perhaps focusing on the IoT or M2M sectors.”last_img read more

Two dead, dozens injured as severe storms continue to threaten central US

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A slow-moving complex of storms continue to produce tornadoes, damaging winds, hail and flooding on Thursday, one day after two people were killed and at least 22 others injured by storms in Oklahoma.There were six reported tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas on Wednesday, with 61 damage reports from Texas to Indiana. The two fatalities in Oklahoma were reported in Tulsa, a 55-year-old man, and Bokchito, a 58-year-old woman.Heavy rain was also reported Wednesday from Texas to Michigan, with the highest totals in central and western Illinois near St. Louis, where some areas got up to 8 inches of rain.There was so much rain in parts of the Plains and Midwest that there has been significant river rise, especially in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. Because of all the rain, the Mississippi River near St. Louis is forecast to reach the highest levels since 1993.The complex of storms is going nowhere and continues to produce more rain and storms. There are flood alerts for eight states from Texas to Michigan on Thursday morning.Severe storms will ignite once again along our storm track throughout the day on Thursday with two main clusters of damaging storms.One cluster of storms is forecast in central and western Texas from San Antonio to Abilene, where the biggest threat is damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes.The second cluster of storms is forecast in the Mississippi and Ohio river areas, from just north of Memphis, Tennessee, to Cincinnati.The biggest threat for the storms in Midwest is damaging winds and some hail. The tornado threat is relatively low, but an isolated one can’t be ruled out.The complex of storm systems is not moving much, so the same areas from Texas to the Ohio Valley will get more rain.Locally, the highest totals are forecast from Texas to Arkansas, where additional 4 inches or more of rain is possible. More flooding and flash flooding is forecast for Thursday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

“The Music of Pixar LIVE” to take Place This Summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

first_imgShare This!©DisneyThis summer, beginning May 26, a very unique concert experience will take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! “The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters” will be a limited time event that is designed to showcase the incredibly memorable music that can be found in your favorite Pixar films.This show will include a live orchestra, as well as appearances by beloved Pixar characters including Woody, Jessie, Mike and Sulley, the Incredibles and more. Scores will be showcased beginning with Toy Story, all the way to Cars 3.This show will be presented three times a night in the Theater of the Stars. (This is where Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage is performed. Don’t worry! Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage isn’t going anywhere! It will still be performed daily.)Stay tuned to the blog for more information about this awesome upcoming experience.last_img read more

Cloud Computing 2015: Expect Strong Performances from REST, Docker and Hybrid Cloud

first_imgWhat can we expect will happen with cloud computing in 2015?Forrester has announced their predictions for the 2015 cloud which include:Microsoft cloud revenues will trump Microsoft on-premise revenues – Microsoft Azure is seeing gangbuster growth.  While Microsoft cloud revenues today only account for about 5 percent of of the company’s total revenues, Forrester expects that in 2015 the cloud profit margin percentage for Microsoft will best what Microsoft is able to capture from the rest of their business.RESTful interfaces will rule – This may not be much of a prediction since REST services seems a given nowadays for most apps, although it is less clear how many companies are using them.  James Staten, Forrester analyst notes that, “if you want your back-office applications to be part of this move forward, relying on traditional integration methods such as enterprise service buses, JDBC connections and SOAP is inadequate for modern applications.  You’ll have to evolve your integration architecture to REST in 2015.”Other Forrester 2015 cloud predictions listed by ZDNet include:Cloud Breaches will continue – Governance failures, poor key management and lax security will continue to leave many cloud applications vulnerable.  This prediction seems likely.Docker containers will see wide acceptance – With support from EBay, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other companies, this prediction doesn’t seem too risky.SaaS vendors to provide more Hybrid – Increasingly SaaS providers will offer ways to connect on-premise and cloud applications and data.Cloud Storage pricing will claim lives – The cloud storage pricing wars among Google, Amazon and Microsoft is expected to make this market sector a difficult one to compete in.  Backup and disaster recovery services are especially expected to be hit hard.last_img read more

Marotta: ‘Inter step in the journey’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Inter director Beppe Marotta maintains reaching the Champions League last 16 would be “a diploma,” but still only a step in the process. Their trip to Borussia Dortmund kicks off at 20.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. “Aside from the strength of our opponents, they also have this incredible support that will cheer them on to the last minute,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia. “I have confidence, as the team is growing day by day, there is a clear upward trajectory and progress is made in every area. “The team has shown maturity and organisation in every game, but also impressive football. They have been able to both take control and to fight back to earn a result, as they did last week in Bologna. “Getting through the group stage of the Champions League would be like a diploma, confirming the work of these months has paid off. “It remains the start of the journey and we are developing as time goes on, but it is still a slow progress, we need to eliminate certain errors and of course have a coach who is very demanding. “Alexis Sanchez will be back in January and we’ll see him as a great new signing who can help us take a few steps up the ladder.” Marotta also spoke to Sport Mediaset about the interest from Barcelona and Manchester United around Lautaro Martinez. “We are Inter, a big club who do not necessarily need to sell our champions, unless they ask to leave. In Lautaro’s case, the clause is irrelevant, what matters is his desire to grow and improve along with his teammates.”last_img read more

Mamata jumps on KKR bangwagon, plans grand celebration at Eden

first_imgMamata Banerjee on Monday announced plans for an elaborate state function to celebrate the Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL triumph. The West Bengal chief minister also said that the entire team would be felicitated by her government during a special ceremony.”Celebrations will begin tomorrow (Tuesday) morning from 11 am,” Mamata declared. “The players will travel in an open trailer truck from Hazra to Writers’ Building. The team will then proceed to the Eden Gardens for a special programme.”The Trinamool Congress supremo added that the victorious players would be felicitated by the state government as well as her own party during the function at the Eden Gardens. The good news for fans is that it is an open celebration and there are no tickets to attend the ceremony.”There will be no tickets for the function,” Mamata said. “Kolkata police will announce further details, but anybody and everybody can enter the stadium.”There will be a cultural programme at Eden for one hour. Three Bengali bands will play during the ceremony and there will be songs like chak de.”Earlier, Mamata expressed joy over Kolkata’s victory in the final against Chennai. “I’m happy over the victory of KKR. All the teams played well. In a game, there is victory and defeat. I congratulate KKR team specially for winning the title,” she said.last_img read more

a month agoRoma striker Edin Dzeko: 4-2 scoreline not good enough

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma striker Edin Dzeko: 4-2 scoreline not good enoughby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma striker Edin Dzeko says they should do better after their 4-2 defeat of Sassuolo.Roma were 4-0 ahead after just 33 minutes with Dzeko, Bryan Cristante, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Justin Kluivert on target.“We should’ve done better in the second half, but the important thing was to get the victory and continue our improvement,” Dzeko told Roma TV.“After going 4-0 up, the Coach told us not to rest on our laurels or lose momentum, but we did anyway. It was a bit of a struggle in the second half.“When it’s 4-0, you have to let the ball do the work. If you keep possession, then Sassuolo have to run around after us. We wanted to go vertical a bit too quickly and the Coach didn’t like that.“It was a spectacular first half and we need to build on that. We also hope the second half mistakes are not repeated. We believe in the approach that the Coach has taken.” last_img read more

Rosso Coffee Roasters takes home 2017 small business award

first_imgA local coffee shop has walked away with small business award of the year. The 35th annual Small Business Calgary Awards ceremony took place Thursday night at the BMO Centre and Rosso Coffee Roasters took home the title. The cafe has been in Calgary for ten years and has grown to seven locations. The Chamber of Commerce said part of Rosso’s success can be attributed to its loyal clientele who continues to spread the word about its brand. Past winners of this award include Village Brewery, Vets To Go and Fiasco Gelato.last_img read more

Wanted Grande Prairie man arrested in possession of over 15000 in cash

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A Grande Prairie wanted on an outstanding warrant was arrested by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team and charged with new drug trafficking offences this week after being found with more than $15,000 in cocaine and methamphetamine.43-year-old Andre Rozon was arrested by the Grande Prairie organized crime team on Wednesday. Rozon was wanted on a warrant stemming from a previous ALERT drug trafficking investigation that concluded last September.Rozon’s latest arrest occurred while he was stopped in a vehicle, along with co-accused Nolan Knibbs. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 157 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of methamphetamine, 0.2 grams of heroin, and $1,970 cash. Rozon was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, and three counts of breach of recognizance. Knibbs, aged 27, was also charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.It’s not known when the two will next appear in court.last_img read more

Alberta in crisis over low oil price Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

first_imgLaut said Trudeau seemed to appreciate how dire the situation is and was receptive to ideas. But Laut said he’s skeptical a federal investment in crude-by-rail, as the Alberta government has urged, would deliver swift relief.“I don’t know what more the federal governments can do that companies ourselves can’t do,” Laut said. “Getting (rail) cars is tough to do. It takes time to build these things.”Alex Pourbaix, CEO of Cenovus Energy Inc., agreed Ottawa’s ability to help narrow the price gap is limited.“I think the issue that we’ve all been debating is more of a provincial issue,” he said. “It’s very tough for the federal government to solve that one for us.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Trudeau said the federal government is doing what it can to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, which would triple its capacity to carry oil to tankers on the west coast.The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down its approval, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on marine environment.Trudeau said the sector should benefit from his government’s announcement Wednesday that companies will be able to immediately write off capital investments.“The accelerated capital cost allowance doesn’t matter with differentials where they are because nobody’s going to spend any money,” said Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. executive vice-chairman Steve Laut following an energy-boss roundtable with the prime minister. Premier Rachel Notley has said the price gap between Canadian and U.S. crude is costing the Canadian economy $80 million a day.Hundreds of pro-oil protesters shut down part of the street outside the hotel where Trudeau addressed the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.Inside, chamber CEO Sandip Lalli grilled Trudeau on what Ottawa intends to do, including possibly investing in moving crude on trains as a stop-gap measure as new market-opening pipelines remain in limbo.“Currently, the federal government doesn’t have a plan to address the $80 million that’s coming out?” Lalli asked Trudeau in a question-and-answer session.“You think there’s a super-simple easy answer and there’s not. There’s a multifaceted complex issue and as much as there is a tendency out there in the world to give really simple answers to really complex questions, unfortunately the world doesn’t work like that,” Trudeau replied.“We need to make sure that we’re moving forward in the right way and that is where actually listening to the experts is sort of the best way to make policy.”center_img CALGARY, A.B. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Alberta is in a crisis as the province’s oil is being sold at a discount of about $45 a barrel, but he and some oil company bosses agree there are no easy fixes Ottawa can offer.“There is no question that folks in Alberta, folks here in Calgary, are living through extremely difficult times. This is very much a crisis,” Trudeau said Thursday following an affordable housing announcement.“When you have a price differential that’s up around $42, $50 even, that’s a massive challenge to local industry, to the livelihood of a lot of Albertans. I hear that very, very clearly.”last_img read more