Telkom SA chief highlights digital inclusion challenges; preps LTE-Advanced rollout

first_img Telkom SA Report: Airtel eyeing SA buy LIVE FROM BROADBAND WORLD FORUM 2014: Alphonzo Samuels (pictured), CTO of operator Telkom SA, outlined the obstacles to providing broadband coverage in a market such as South Africa, where there is a vast difference between the options available to those living in towns and their dispersed, often poorer, counterparts.“We talk about the internet of things, the internet of everything, the reality is 60 per cent of the world population today is not connected to the internet,” he said.Unsurprisingly, mobile technology comes high on the list, particularly In terms of LTE. But “absolutely critical” to this will be 800MHz spectrum, which is not currently available in his home market.“I don’t have to tell any of you the advantages of doing this in these low frequency bands. In South Africa the reality is that we haven’t done the digital terrestrial television migration, and so we are probably about two to two and a half years away from when 800MHz will become a reality,” Samuels said.Telkom is looking to LTE-Advanced as a way of providing fixed wireless access, further extending the reach of broadband services. “We’ve got access to a very large chunk of 2.3GHz spectrum, and we are looking at fixed wireless in terms of LTE-Advanced,” he continued.Earlier this year, Telkom said that it will rollout LTE-A to more than 50 suburbs across South Africa by the end of this year.But other issues also need to be addressed. Samuels cited the current data pricing model, where consumers with more expensive tariffs get much larger data allowances, “but if someone wants to buy a single gigabyte of data, it costs ten times what you would pay in a bundle”.“Obviously we’ve got to find the right way to smooth the mobile broadband curve, because those who really cannot afford it, those are the ones that are paying the most in terms of cost per bit,” he noted.Terminal pricing is also a thorny issue. “When we look at devices, I think the first vision was to get a device at sub-$100. Let me put $100 in context: for probably about 4.4 million South Africans living off social grants, their total income per month is around about $100, $110.”“I think the next thing we should push for is to get smart devices at the entry level, that can work on LTE-Advanced, that probably cost about $50 to $60. And that is a challenge I’m putting out there for device manufacturers,” he said.And infrastructure sharing also came onto the agenda, with Samuels noting a trend that has been highlighted several times at the event this week: in developed areas, there are multiple service providers building networks to serve the same, but lucrative, customers.“If we find a way to get a very good business model for infrastructure sharing, we can take some of the capital investment and try and put it toward getting everybody connected,” he noted. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 22 OCT 2014 Steve Costello Related 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 Home Telkom SA chief highlights digital inclusion challenges; preps LTE-Advanced rollout Author Previous ArticleBango adds Samsung to its app payments rosterNext ArticleApp Store reaches 85B downloads Tags Telkom SA chief attacks “random and erratic” regulator SA government could drop Telkom salelast_img read more

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Video Game Industry Is Nudging 250 Million Gamers To Protect The Planet

first_img“We felt compelled to act when invited to participate; climate change will ultimately affect us all and is simply too important to ignore,” says Alex Rigby, Chief Creative Officer of Playdemic, the studio which was voted as the winner of the Green Mobile Game Jam.“And we’re in a position to help; the ubiquity of mobile games represent an unusually effective way to communicate to people across the whole of society.”MORE GAMING Good: Video Gamers Join the Race to Produce COVID-19 Drugs With Innovative Citizen-Science ProjectPlaydemic used their Golf Clash game as a platform to attempt to feature honest, neutral messaging about climate change and easy commitments users could make to help the climate crisis.Console Gaming Joins In The FunLaunched in September 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York during the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, it wasn’t just the mobile gaming industry that pledged to throw their power behind the climate crisis.From the holy trinity of console gaming, Sony’s introduction of energy efficient technology and suspended low-power mode for next-generation Playstations puts the company on track to save 29 million tons of carbon dioxide by 2030.Another member of the console-gaming power trio pledged to engage gamers in sustainability efforts in real life through the Minecraft ‘Build a Better World’ initiative, which saw Microsoft players take more than twenty million in-game actions.CHECK OUT: Want to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing? This New Study Says You Could Try Playing MinecraftMinecraft is an open-world game that allows you to build things with blocks. Users can build anything, from a house to a skyscraper, even portals to the underworld, and one gamer famously created a 1:1 scale model of the entire planet in Minecraft—making it the perfect electronic space for sustainability messaging.Together, mobile and console gaming has as broad a user base as professional sports, but with a much younger average audience, representing an enormous opportunity to inspire change in the next generation.LEVEL UP Your Social Media Feed By Sharing This With Your Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore “We are excited to see the gaming industry throw its weight behind global efforts to reverse the climate crisis,” said Inger Andersen Executive Director of UN Environment Program. “The climate emergency needs all hands on deck. In reaching out to 250 million gamers, we hope to inspire audiences to take action.”RELATED: Video Game-Streaming Grandma is Making Profound Impact on the Lives of Strangers Across the InternetSome of the mobile game ideas have already been integrated, and the rest will go live by early 2021 or sooner.Organizers hope that, by next year, additional companies will join in the jam, potentially reaching up to a billion gamers.Green Mobile Game JamDifferent developers all had their own ideas on how to encourage initiatives like tree-planting and habitat restoration, on how to educate users on renewable energy and the environmental impact of climate change, and the Green Mobile Game Jam from the Playing For the Planet initiative saw the immense creativity of the mobile video gaming world on full display.POPULAR: Dad Creates Free Minecraft Server Specifically Dedicated to Kids With AutismSome developers added special unique stages and levels of gameplay featuring world regions that are most-affected by the climate crisis: including Bali in Indonesia and the Amazon rainforest, while others added playable storylines that allow users to experience a parallel story involving greenhouse gas emissions and the warming of the earth.Others ran in-game fundraisers that would plant trees or support animal conservation projects. Contributing in the game would earn the player special rewards. Creative Mobile—who won an award for fastest implementation of a solution in their game ZooCraft—used this method to contribute $14,000 dollars to the Wolf Conservation Center. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSome of the world’s largest mobile video game developers have formed an alliance to raise awareness about renewable energy and the climate crisis through the UN’s “Playing For the Planet” initiative.Credit: United Nations, YouTubeConsisting of around 11 companies, including the console producers Sony and Microsoft, and 25 design studios with mobile games played by 900 million active users, Playing For the Planet seeks to leverage a huge number of eyes and ears towards the goal of combatting not just evildoers in a game, but unmitigated climate change in the real world.To this end, mobile gaming studios teamed up in spring 2020 to host the first ever Green Mobile Game Jam, which brought the best minds in an extremely competitive business together to come up with educational solutions for spreading awareness about the climate crisis.last_img read more

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Expanding the possibilities of Adriatic UNESCO destinations

first_imgA final conference and cross-border meeting of partners from seven countries in the Adriatic region in the project was held in Dubrovnik “Extension of Potentiality of Adriatic Unesco Sites”, co-financed by the European Union under the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2007-2013. The conference presented the results of a three-year project, which enables better tourism and energy valorization of heritage under the protection of UNESCO, and contribute to the increase of international tourist arrivals in the Adriatic region.Project EX.PO is funded by the European Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Program, Adriatic IPA CBC 2007-2013, and involves 12 partners from seven Adriatic countries. In addition to Dubrovnik as the leading partner, the project included the County of Istria and the City of Split from Croatia, the Province of Ferrara from Italy, the Municipality of Ravenna – Ravenna Museum of Art, the Municipality of Alberobello and the Aquileia Foundation, the University of Primorska – Scientific Research Center from Slovenia. Conservation and Archeology of Montenegro, the Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Administrative and Coordination Office of Butrint in Albania and the Municipality of Corfu in Greece.The project brought together various aspects of the valorisation of UNESCO sites by organizing a series of cross-border meetings, lectures and conferences on both sides of the Adriatic, and by publishing various publications and materials and implementing extremely successful pilot projects. The total value of the EX.PO AUS project is EUR 3.324.700,40, and the project costs were financed with 85% from the IPA fund (EUR 2.825.995,34), while the remaining amount was covered by the project partners.The City of Dubrovnik, as the leading project partner, has successfully implemented the Pilot Project of Energy Renewal of the Natural History Museum of the City of Dubrovnik, where a smart heating / cooling system, new LED lighting and complete new carpentry have been installed for better and more efficient preservation of the existing building. C. Participated in the preparation of a publication on drywall technology in southern Dalmatia, a study of the analysis of tourist flows and the production of a professional DVD of tourist attractions of all project partners and e-Planner.The Commission to Preserve National Monuments from Sarajevo (BiH) has ensured visible and valuable restoration of mills in Mostar and the surrounding area, which are part of the rich cultural heritage of the Neretva Valley (BiH), which is a significant contribution to the local community and tourism sector.Euphrasian in Poreč (RH) and Butrint National Park (ALB) used the possibilities of restoration, and the Old Town of Corfu (GR) used the energy renovation of the palace, which additionally protected the natural and cultural heritage. The cities of Kotor (CG) and Piran (SLO), by adopting the ‘Sustainable Management Plan’ financed within the EX.PO AUS project, prevented unplanned urbanization and more efficient conservation protection of cultural heritage in the wider Adriatic area.The representative of the municipality of Alberobello (IT) presented the benefits generated by the plan of sustainability of culture and tourism and emphasized the projects that have enhanced and maintained the historical tradition of the city through the preservation of trulli – residential buildings that are UNESCO protected due to their uniqueness and uniqueness. .The representative of Aquileia (IT), a Roman medieval city, presented as key results the organization of a series of conferences on archaeological sites and the promotion of archaeological tourism, restoration of old sites (Stalla Violin), creating a file with collected articles and photographs, and brochures on protected heritage UNESCO.The municipality of Ferrara (IT) enabled the implementation of energy efficiency and savings obtained by replacing existing heating and cooling systems with new generation ones in order to better and more efficiently preserve the existing UNESCO heritage. The Municipality of Ravenna (IT) has created and established two databases for the preservation of mosaics and other valuable artistic heritage, the publication of a publication on mosaics and funded education and activities for the supervision of protected heritage within their scope.Furthermore, the project ‘Tourism – five senses’ of the Entrepreneurship Center Solin was presented, which provides an experience of the archaeological landscape through the tastes, smells and sounds of the Mediterranean as well as the richness of cultural and historical heritage and the project ‘Interpretation Center Klis’. heritage, all in favor of the development of cultural tourism.last_img read more

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