Telkom will launch its mobile service in South Africa.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) A new mobile service network, owned and operated by South African telecommunications giant Telkom, is well on its way to becoming a reality in the country.Telkom had planned to introduce the new mobile service before the end of 2010, but its spokesperson Pynee Chetty could not give an exact date. Initial expectations were that it would launch on 14 October.Outgoing CEO Reuben September confirmed to the media in June that plans for the new venture were already advanced and said they would introduce it within the 2010 calendar year.Telkom has invested R6-billion (US$857-million) in the venture, which will be used as capital expenditure over the next five years.As part of preparations for introducing the network, Telkom signed a national roaming agreement with its prospective competition, MTN, in April, enabling it to use MTN’s infrastructure to launch its services.Applauding the agreement, MD of MTN Karel Pienaar said it demonstrated the two companies’ continued commitment to provide mobile phone connectivity for all South Africans.Telkom negotiated a similar agreement with Vodacom, another South African mobile service provider. The agreements will allow Telkom to introduce services such voice, text and multimedia messages, 2G and 3G data nationally when it launches.Telkom will roll out its own mobile base stations once its service is operational.Online publication Tech Central reported on 2 October that Telkom has already named its new service Heita, which is township slang for “How are you?”, but Chetty could not confirm this.Dispute likely to delay mattersThe launch of the new network is likely to be delayed by a dispute between Telkom and MTN, which is being handled by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa) complaints and compliance committee.Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka confirmed that the dispute relates to pricing of interconnection fees. There are three interconnection complaints laid by Telkom, Maleka said. “The major one is a complaint from Telkom that MTN is unwilling to agree that the wholesale rate for the termination on Telkom’s network of calls, which originate on MTN’s network, should be 93 cents, [excluding value-added tax].”Telkom wants the rate to be fixed at 89 cents. MTN is arguing that it would be financially disadvantaged if it were to terminate calls on its network originating from Telkom at that rate. “According to MTN, this would give rise to the disparity of four cents between the amount received and the amount paid,” added Maleka.The committee held hearings on 2 October and “will make its findings known within 90 days”.Declining fixed-line revenueTelkom, traditionally a fixed-line operator, sees the new venture as a way to increase its cash flow, which was constrained in the previous financial year.It said it has learnt that traditional fixed-line voice revenues are declining in various countries, and groups have realised that “a successful operation requires an integrated mobile business”.The company faces “intensifying competition” from existing mobile services. The fixed-to-mobile replacement trend accounted for 9.3% drop in Telkom South Africa’s traffic revenue in 2009/10, it said.“This continuing trend justifies the need to enter the mobile market, particularly the mobile data market,” said September when delivering Telkom’s financial year-end results in June.The development of a mobile service is a strategy of winning back traffic on to the Telkom network, according to the company.It believes there are “tremendous market opportunities” in South Africa for its network, as “mobile voice and, especially, mobile data are still experiencing growth”.But industry analysts are not predicting an easy ride for Telkom, as it would face stiff competition from the three established local service providers Vodacom, MTN and Cell C. Telkom recently netted R40.5-billion ($5.8-billion) from the sale of its stake in Vodacom.Independent telecommunications analyst Richard Hurst argued in iWeek on 22 September, a business technology magazine, that the service would be disadvantaged due to the timing of its launch, pointing out that Cell C, which came on stream after Vodacom and MTN, has battled to penetrate the market.
There’s a website working to organize a coordinated dumping of Facebook and there’s a search suggestion on Google prompting users to find out how to delete their Facebook account. There are even droves of the technorati leaving the social network. But what does all of this hubbub over Facebook and privacy really add up to? According to Hitwise, it’s all added up to a 3% increase in visits last week accounting for nearly 9% of all U.S. visits. The tweet from Hitwise reads “Amid hub-bub, @Facebook.com visits up 3% last week vs. prev week & receiving 8.59% of all US visits. Up 8% for May-to-date vs. April.”When we first wrote about Quit Facebook Day last Friday, there were nine people signed up. Jay Yarrow with the Silicon Valley Insider quickly put this into perspective, noting that 0.00000068% of Facebook users were promising to quit Facebook on May 31. Since then, the number has grown to just under 5,000 users who vow to ditch the social networking giant, bringing that percentage to 0.00001% of an expected 500 million strong userbase. Eric Eldon of Inside Facebook says he looks at Facebook’s traffic and user numbers each month and they’re still inconclusive according to his calculations. “Facebook may have seen a slight slowdown after f8, but it has seen dips before, and we do not have enough information yet to determine if there is a meaningful relationship between traffic and the privacy changes… or if there is even a slowdown,” writes Eldon in a response to the Hitwise tweet this morning.Of course, only time will tell in a situation like this, but we’ve seen little if any response from Facebook to indicate that it sees these 5,000 users, or the silent others, as little more than casualties of war in its bid to reorganize the Web. mike melanson Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#news#privacy#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos
Related Posts Tags:#Agriculture#environment#environmental regulations#environmental solutions#Internet of Things#IoT#machinery#operations Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry We typically don’t associate cutting-edge technology with environmental sustainability. Technology often gets blamed for our current environmental predicament, from internal combustion engines to electronic waste. But it’s not the technology itself that’s to blame, just the application. In the right hands, technology can help the planet solve urgent problems.The Internet of Things offers great examples. IoT devices allow aspects of society that used to operate independently and invisibly to participate in vast information-sharing networks. We all recognize the impact of smartphones. With devices like industrial sensors, the IoT now allows companies to track efficiency and productivity in ways that weren’t possible before.From an environmental standpoint, that kind of oversight is exactly what the global economy needs to confront big problems like climate change. Every aspect of the economy will have to adapt to become more sustainable if we’re going to avoid serious disruptions moving forward. IoT devices make those kinds of impactful improvements possible by allowing processes to be monitored in great depth and detail. As companies study the reality of where, when, and how they use resources, they can engineer upgrades throughout.“Clean” technologies, like wind-generated energy, helped avoid 189 million tons of carbon pollution in 2017. Smart technologies equipped with IoT connectivity can have an even broader impact — they offer applications in all aspects of life, industrial and otherwise. Here are some examples illustrating how the IoT can deliver big benefits in practical ways:Minimize Idling for Heavy EquipmentWhen a vehicle idles, it wastes fuel and taxes the engine — effects multiplied on big trucks and heavy equipment. Minimizing idling helps reduce carbon emissions by limiting fuel consumption. That means it not only helps the planet, but it also helps equipment operators save significantly on fuel costs.New York City has attempted to crack down on idling by instituting a bounty program. Citizens who see a vehicle idling for longer than the three minutes allowed by city ordinance can report the violation and receive a percentage of the fine levied against the operator. This program is novel, but it’s a reactive rather than proactive approach. “All governments should have stricter rules for idling on sites,” says Amit Rai, CEO of MachineMax, a wireless telematics company. “We should also monitor and manage heavy machines on construction and mining sites. These machines generate a lot more CO2 than cars or trucks while idling,” Rai notes.In fact, a large machine can burn one gallon of fuel per hour, on average, while idling, which may constitute up to 50 percent of all running time. Using connected devices to monitor when and where an engine is idling brings this problem into view. As a result, companies can strictly manage fuel consumption, abide by local idling laws, and leave a smaller environmental footprint.Save the Bees to Promote PollinationThe entire agricultural system relies on bees to pollinate plants. Recent declines in bee populations have put the future of this system in jeopardy, and rising costs for beekeepers have exacerbated the problem. “More beekeepers closing down would be bad news for the world’s food supply because many crops, including apples, watermelon, cherries, and cucumbers, currently rely on commercially raised honey bee colonies for pollination,” explains Brittney Goodrich, an agricultural economist at Auburn University.Scientists have begun studying this problem by placing IoT devices inside beehives. The devices track bees’ movement in and out of the hive, revealing important details about the colony’s health. Connected devices allow scientists to study bee health while allowing beekeepers to manage bee populations better. For instance, if there’s a problem within a hive needing attention, IoT sensors can send a notification.In another application, sensors inside the hive can detect a common parasite blamed for killing bees. Thanks to the IoT, we have an unparalleled perspective on the health of these vital pollinators. Being able to monitor the lives of millions of bees from inside the hive will uncover countless insights to help us preserve the bee population and promote future pollination.Maximize Agricultural ProductionIndustrial farming requires huge amounts of resources and produces surprising amounts of pollution. Yet with global populations rising, we need to grow more food than ever.IoT sensors allow farmers to monitor plants up close at all times. Sensors can track the weather, humidity, amount of moisture in the soil, and countless other variables affecting production. When those sensors are connected to an integrated platform, as well as automatic controls on irrigation systems, farmers can minimize water usage while maximizing yield. In addition to their use in crop management, IoT sensors can be placed on farm animals to monitor their health. “Globally, the farmers have started to realize that the IoT can be a driving force for increasing agricultural production in a cost-effective way,” says Mitesh Patel, digital marketing manager at STEMpedia, a STEM learning platform. The combination of accessibility and utility means that the IoT will become a fundamental part of tomorrow’s farms.At a time when effective environmental solutions are overdue, the IoT provides a lot of them. Most significantly, it helps align the interests of businesses and environmentalists in meaningful ways. For that reason alone, it’s going to attract a lot of enthusiastic advocates. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. 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The unsolicited email pitch offered me the chance to close deals 500% faster than I am closing them now. Outstanding. Who doesn’t want to compress their sales cycle? Even your dream clients want to produce better results faster, so why not compress the sales cycle.Can You Make This Thing Go Faster?But let’s say your average deal closes in 90 days. If you were to close that deal 500% faster, it would close in 18 days. Maybe your normal sales cycle should be 18 days, but it isn’t likely if your real metrics shows 90 days.If your normal deal closes in 120 days, which is not uncommon for large, complex, business-to-business opportunities that require a lot of diagnosis, consensus, and technical conversations, closing it 500% faster means closing it in 24 days.Different businesses, different industries, and different customers can all have different sales cycles. This is not to say that most sales organizations couldn’t stand to improve their ability to compress their sales cycle time; most could.Too Fast or Too Slow?An unnaturally shortened timeframe comes with a cost.Taking less time to understand what your dream client needs can speed your time to proposal while also making it less likely that you hit all the right notes.Spending too little time with different stakeholder groups means forfeiting consensus for a faster decision, only to discover the decision is a “no decision” because your prospective client didn’t have agreement from their team.Treating complex, longer sales cycle prospects like they are simple, low-risk decisions creates a mismatch in what you want in the way of speed for what your dream client needs from you to make a good decision.You want to move through your sales cycle efficiently and effectively, but not at the cost of losing an opportunity. If you want to help your client move faster, than you will gain agreement on what the process needs to look like, and you will gain all the commitments you need as you move from target to close.Going 500% faster isn’t the right goal.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth fullback Clyne: I didn’t intend to hurt Warnockby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth fullback Nathaniel Clyne insists he didn’t seek to insult Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock when leaving Liverpool for Dean Court.The 70-year-old Warnock branded Liverpool a ‘disgrace’ and said they lacked class, while he was unhappy not to receive a phone call from the player.”My intention wasn’t to hurt anyone. It’s down to footballing reasons,” said Clyne as he explained his decision at a Bournemouth press conference.”Me and Neil Warnock have a good relationship.”I enjoyed working with him at Crystal Palace and I have a lot of respect for the man.”
Man Utd manager Solskjaer: Shaw, Matic on the mendby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a positive update for fans on the fitness of two key players.Solskjaer spoke at his press conference ahead of their UEFA Europa League tie against Partizan Belgrade.He mentioned that Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic are close to being available for selection.”Both have injuries,” the United manager told the press on Wednesday evening.”They’ve gone past the injury stage and brought staff with them to go work with them so hopefully not too long, I expect them back in Manchester for the weekend and then let’s see when they’ll be available.”When asked why certain players had gone to Dubai for warm weather training as part of their injury recovery, Solskjaer said:”There are different reasons for why they go away for training.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Over the past three years, Florida State has compiled a record of 39-3, won three ACC titles, qualified for a College Football Playoff, and won a national championship. But as we enter the 2015 campaign, FSU certainly has its doubters. Many believe that Clemson is now the team to beat in-conference, and that the Seminoles might be a big “overrated” in the rankings.A Florida State fan who goes by Covas131 (we’ve written about him before) produced an amazing three-minute hype video to celebrate the upcoming season. It’s titled “Garnet Skies.” It’s a very high-quality clip.FSU opens with Texas State on Saturday, September 5.
Borussia Monchengladbach continues is good pace in the German Bundesliga after defeating Schalke 2-0 at their own home.Borussia Monchengladbach is currently living the dream in the German Bundesliga.The team is in second place of the table with just seven points less than leaders Borussia Dortmund.Gladbach has won 13 matches out of 20 played, drawing three times and only losing four games.And today, the team defeated Schalke 2-0 at their own home to continue their good run in the 2018-2019 season.“I was a bit worried after the first goal. Chris’ shot hit my hand on the way in. I went to the referee and told him that it touched my hand, but I never intended it,” midfielder Florian Neuhaus said to the team’s official website.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I think it was the right decision to allow the goal to stand. Toto did really well for my goal – he drove at the defense, played me in superbly and with a little bit of luck, the ball went in.”“The two teams sort of canceled each other out in the opening half an hour. We remained patient though, didn’t allow them any real chances and denied them any good counterattacking opportunities,” defender Matthias Ginter added.“We knew that Schalke would get tired and then make mistakes. Lars and Toto really took advantage of the first gap that appeared leading up to the red card.”“It was a very good away performance. We were patient and stuck to our gameplan,” forward Lars Stindl commented.“We barely allowed anything through at the back and our positional play in the final third was decent. We never gave up hope though and we got our reward. All in all, it’s a deserved victory.”“We’re delighted to still be involved at the top, but it’s too early to think about anything more than that. The focus switches to Hertha from tomorrow – we can only be successful if we carry on thinking game by game,” coach Dieter Hecking concluded.