Indian operators face revenue threat in 2015 auction

first_img India amenaza con actuar contra la nueva política de privacidad de WhatsApp Español Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 AUG 2014 Home Indian operators face revenue threat in 2015 auction Related 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 Richard Handford center_img Leading operators Reliance Communications, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular could lose sizeable chunks of their revenue if they don’t win back their existing spectrum in certain regions during next year’s spectrum auction, according to Economic Times.Separately, the same three operators are among those Indian companies to have been issued with so-called “show-cause” notices for under-reporting their sales, the country’s Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, told the country’s parliament.Reliance Communications, Vodafone and Idea could lose as much as 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 15 per cent of their revenue respectively if they are unsuccessful in the 2015 auction, based on data from regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).They are likely to face competition in the auction from rivals including market leader Bharti Airtel and aggressive newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm.The government is set to auction airwaves in the 900 MHz and 1.8 GHz bands across 18 of India’s 22 telecom services areas early in 2015.The sale is happening with the 900 MHz frequencies because of the expiry of operators’ 20-year licences. Those in the 1.8 Ghz band are frequencies left unsold from February’s auction.With regard to the show-cause notices for misreporting revenue, Dishnet Wireless, Aircel, Tata Teleservices and Bharti Airtel also stand accused of the same offence, according to the Department of Telecommunications.All the companies deny the charge and have made representations to the ministry, which has yet to make a final decision. WhatsApp shrugs off India privacy update pressure Previous Article5 years of news reporting… and a news announcement of our ownNext ArticleNaver mulls money launch WhatsApp sues India over new internet regulations Tags Idea CellularIndiaReliance CommunicationsVodafone Indialast_img read more

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Wasps thrash Bristol to reach Premiership final

first_img Wasps players celebrate BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  79  9 Wasps thrash Bristol to reach Premiership final Jimmy Gopperth contributed 22 points as Wasps beat the Bristol Bears 47-24 in their English Premiership semi-final clash in Coventry on Saturday.It was touted as the more intriguing of the two semi-finals because it would be contested between the second- and third-placed teams on the log, while the second semi-final between the top-ranked Exeter Chiefs and fourth-ranked Bath was predicted to be a more straight-forward affair.But there was no intrigue about this match as Wasps took control of proceedings right from the kick-off and Bristol failing spectacularly in their attempt to wrestle back any semblance of ascendancy.The 37-year-old Gopperth was front and centre in this win for Wasps, masterfully dictating the game at flyhalf and delivering a kicking masterclass by slotting five conversions and four penalties for a 22-point haul.Wasps led 23-5 at the break, courtesy of two converted tries and three penalties kicks. They drove home the advantage after the break as they continued their irresistible form to take a commanding and irreversable 47-12 lead.There was a late flurry of tries from Bristol, but it only put some respectability on the scoreboard for coach Pat Lam’s charges.Wasps – Tries: Malakai Fekitoa, Jack Willis, Dan Robson, Zach Kibirige, Matteo Minozzi. Conversions: Jimmy Gopperth (5). Penalties: Gopperth (4).Bristol – Tries: Luke Morahan, Harry Thacker, Harry Randall, Max Malins. Conversions: Callum Sheedy (2).Wasps – 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Thomas Young, 6 Jack Willis, 5 Will Rowlands, 4 Joe Launchbury (c), 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Simon McIntyre.Replacements: 16 Gabriel Oghre, 17 Tom West, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 James Gaskell, 20 Alfie Barbeary, 21 Tom Willis, 22 Ben Vellacott, 23 Michael Le Bourgeois.Bristol Bears – 15 Max Malins, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Semi Radradra, 12 Siale Piutau, 11 Piers O’Conor, 10 Callum Sheedy, 9 Andy Uren, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Ben Earl, 6 Steven Luatua (c), 5 Chris Vui, 4 Joe Joyce, 3 John Afoa, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Jake Woolmore.Replacements: 16 George Kloska, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Ed Holmes, 20 Dan Thomas, 21 Harry Randall, 22 Sam Bedlow, 23 Alapati Leiua.Photo: @Wasps/Twitter ‘ 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by SA Rugby magazine ‘ ‘ Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndocenter_img Published on October 10, 2020 ‘ Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieJean de Villiers and Schalk Burger share some epic memories with former Springbok teammate Jaque Fourie on the first episode of season two of their ‘Use It or Lose It’ show.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoThe Family Breeze餐桌上嘅敵人: 十五種最致命嘅食物The Family Breeze|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Posted in English Premiership, News, Top headlines Tagged Bristol Bears, English Premiership, NEWS, Wasps GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ Shop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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Debate Flares Over AI To Detect COVID-19 In Lung Scans

first_imgMedical staff perform a CT scan of a Covid-19 patient at Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China. STR/AFP/Getty ImagesHSNW News:A series of studies, starting as a steady drip and quickening to a deluge, has reported the same core finding amid the global spread of COVID-19: Artificial intelligence could analyze chest images to accurately detect the disease in legions of untested patients.Casey Ross writes in STAT that the results promised a ready solution to the shortage of diagnostic testing in the U.S. and some other countries and triggered splashy press releases and a cascade of hopeful headlines. But in recent days, the initial burst of optimism has given way to an intensifying debate over the plausibility of building AI systems during an unprecedented public health emergency.Source: homelandsecuritynewswire.comlast_img read more

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Public sector procurement: Small fish in a big pond

first_imgThe European Commission’s mission to modernise and simplify procurement directives and to open up contracts to SME contractors culminated in the adoption of three new directives on 17 April 2014. These cover public sector contracts, concession contracts, and contracts procured by utility companies. Member states have until 18 April 2016 to transpose these into national law. The UK saw publication in September of draft public contract regulations for consultation. These are expected to come into force early in 2015. The draft regulations apply to all public sector bodies including schools, academy trusts, housing associations and clincial commissioning groups (CCGs). Part four of the regulations introduces rules that apply purely at the UK level to below-threshold contracts: £4.32m for works, and £111,676 or £172,514 for services and supplies, respectively for central government and local authority. These are intended to implement Lord Young’s 2013 proposals to open up more contracts to smaller businesses. They introduce a requirement for central government to advertise contracts of £10,000 or more on the government’s Contracts Finder website. Local authorities and housing associations must also do so for contracts of £25,000 or more. Schools and academies are exempt from this, as are certain NHS procurements. More light is thrown on the thorny question of when an authority can vary a contractIn each case, the advertising requirement only applies if the contract opportunity is put into the public domain, which leaves open the possibility of a behind closed doors deal or a framework call-off. The Contracts Finder advert must clearly specify the time limits to respond, how to respond and any other conditions for participation. The use of pre-qualification questionnaires for such contracts will be banned. Any questions about credentials or suitability to bid must in future be relevant to the subject matter of the contract and proportionate. The Cabinet Office intends to issue more detailed mandatory guidance to further shape best practice, particularly around issues like minimum financial standing and legal status. Authorities must explain any deviation from the rules by written report to the Cabinet Office. Regulation 112 introduces a statutory requirement for public authorities to write into the contract an obligation to pay contractors within 30 days of a valid and undisputed invoice. If they fail to do so, the terms will become implied terms. To help with arguments about whether an invoice is “undisputed and valid” the rules state that invoices must be “considered and verified by the contracting authority in timely fashion”. Undue delay is not regarded as justification for delay in payment.Leaving aside the purely domestic regime for below-threshold procurements, the new rules introduce several other important changes:The time limits for requests to participate and return tenders are shortened by a third in most cases and may be shortened further where e-portals are used. Authorities must move towards full electronic communication by 2018.There is explicit clarification that social and environmental benefits can be considered during evaluation. More emphasis will be placed on “whole life costing” so exit costs, ongoing maintenance liabilities and environmental costs are taken into account.The distinction between Part A and Part B services (mainly social, healthcare educational and cultural services) will go; instead a new “light touch” regime is introduced for contracts in these sectors that exceed €750,000 in value (about £630,000). (Below this, the new domestic rules on transparency explained above may still apply). There is a power to reserve certain types of contract to social enterprises and mutuals, provided strict criteria are satisfied. Commercial providers will need to be alert to any abuse of this.The formerly tarnished “negotiated procedure”, which the European Commission believed was often manipulated to anti-competitive effect, has a new lease of life as the “competitive procedure with negotiation”. The circumstances in which it, and its cousin the “competitive dialogue procedure”, can be used are widened. An “innovation partnership” procedure is introduced to encourage development of new solutions.There are new safeguards against corruption, collusion and managing conflicts of interest – in particular, where authority staff may have a vested interest in the procurement outcome.Market engagement and consultation prior to formal tenders is encouraged.More light is thrown on the thorny question of when an authority can vary a contract without having to re-run the competition. A de minimis limit of 10% (15% for works contracts) is introduced, with clarification of the ability to switch supplier in the case of insolvency or corporate restructuring.Many of the reforms are welcome clarifications of principles already developed by case law. The changes to procedures, particularly the new domestic rules for “below threshold” contracts and 30-day time limits for payments will require authorities to adjust systems and processes in readiness. Contractors and service providers should be alert to their new rights. Mark Johnson is a partner at public services law firm Geldardslast_img read more

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