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first_imgDecember 31, 2010This concludes our report of the opening and dedication of the PAOLO SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA. On-site construction of the bridge started in March, 2010. It is a Scottsdale Public Art project with construction managed by Howard S. Wright Constructors with assistance from Scottsdale architects, structural engineers and landscape architects and off-site work at Cosanti. The 130 foot long pedestrian bridge connects the Scottsdale Waterfront District and Old Town, spanning the Arizona Canal west of Camelback and Scottsdale Roads. It is 18 feet wide on the north bank widening to 27 feet on the south bank where it opens into the Soleri Plaza.[photo: YoungSoo Kim] The sloped plaza has soil retaining “drip walls” constructed with the help of another innovative technique developed by Paolo Soleri for the building of Cosanti. As a final stage in construction, concrete slurry is used allowing gravity to create a drippy surface.The design and construction of the Paolo Soleri Bridge and Plaza has been a once-in-a-lifetime project, uniting the will of a community, the intent of an artist, and the skills of many construction professionals.[photo: sue] 11 pre-cast concrete panels were created at Cosanti, delivered and installed at the plaza, ten along one edge of the south plaza and one double panel on the north bank. The 8-ft-high, 5-ft-wide panels are hand-carved and earth-cast, a process Paolo Soleri developed in the creation of the famous Soleri wind-bells and the buildings of Cosanti. The panels are unique artwork installations during the day, mysterious at night. [photo left: YoungSoo Kim]center_img The 22,000-sq-ft plaza is a gathering place with walkways and lawns, shade, seating and art to enjoy- a Soleri bell assembly and a collection of colorful “earth-cast” panels.The four pylons of the bridge are clad in elegant, brushed stainless steel. The shorter pylons are hollow and reveal a large Soleri bell assembly. The 10-ft- high bell assembly was first  cast in 1969 and displayed at the Goldwater Department Stores before it found a new home in the plaza.[photo: YoungSoo Kim]last_img read more


German cable association ANGA has reelected Thoma

August 7, 2019

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first_imgGerman cable association ANGA has re-elected Thomas Braun as president and named Kabel Deutschland CEO Adrian von Hammerstein and Jens-Uwe Rehnig, head of Rehnig BAK Kabel-fernsehen für Deustschland, as vice-presidents.  Bernd Thielk of Willy.tel was also named as a vice-president while Andreas Coupette of MQL, Dietmar Schickel of Tele Columbus, Lutz Schüler of Unitymedia, Jürgen Sommer of ANTEC and Herbert Strobel of Astro Strobel were confirmed as board members, alongside new member Theo Weirich, CEO of Wilhelm.tel.last_img read more


Irish telco Eircom has set a June 2014 target of 2

August 7, 2019

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first_imgIrish telco Eircom has set a June 2014 target of 24,000 customers for its recently-launched eVision IPTV.In its results for the second quarter and half year ended 31 December 2013, Eircom named the figure in its full-year 2014 imperatives, along with upping its fibre footprint to a million homes by summer 2014.As of the end of December 2013, Eircom said its fibre footprint had passed 700,000 homes and businesses, claiming that when its fibre rollout is completed in July 2016, it will reach 1.4 million, or 70%, of all homes and businesses in Ireland.Eircom launched its TV service in October 2013 and claims to be the only operator in Ireland able to offer ‘quad play’ services of high-speed broadband, mobile, home phone and TV.Its core TV proposition is a 46 channel package, which costs €10 per month. In addition to this, viewers can add an extra 20 channels – including Fox, Nickelodeon and National Geographic Channel – for €6 per month, or a 12-channel HD package for €5.Eircom said that its 4G mobile network now covers 40% of the population in Ireland.In the quarter ending December 31, Eircom said that revenue was €334 million, down 5% year-on-year. EBITDA for the quarter was €114 million – down 1% compared to the same period last year.last_img read more


Satellite services provider M7 Group has chosen Vi

August 7, 2019

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first_imgSatellite services provider M7 Group has chosen Viaccess-Orca’s Prime Sentinel card-based conditional access system to secure DTH services across seven European countries.M7 Group operates a variety of DTH and IPTV services across Europe, including Skylink for the Czech and Slovak market, AustriaSat in Austria and Hungary, CanalDigitaal and Online.nl in The Netherlands, and TV Vlaanderen and TéléSAT in Belgium.“As part of our overall strategy, we wanted to deploy a consistent ecosystem to reduce operational complexity and costs,” said Marco Visser, CEO at M7 Group.“Viaccess-Orca has provided us with an innovative, flexible, and cost-effective solution for content protection. By supporting flexible configuration and offering pay-as-you-grow scalability, the chosen Viaccess-Orca solution lowers our overall operational expenses, while guaranteeing us a future proof content security solution of our content.”Viaccess-Orca’s Prime Sentinel CAS provides advanced security for a wide range of TV service models including live TV, catch-up, PVR, and video-on-demand. Viaccess-Orca will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.A51last_img read more


Amazon is working to add a Virtual Reality experi

August 7, 2019

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first_imgAmazon is working to add a “Virtual Reality experience within Amazon Video”, according to a job ad posted to US recruitment site Glassdoor.The web giant is looking for a senior software development manager to lead its Virtual Reality (VR) team, according to the advert for the California-based post.“Entertainment is evolving rapidly. The future will not be limited to passive 2D experiences,” said Amazon.“The Virtual Reality team will explore and create the platform and interface for immersive storytelling. This will include an ingestion and playback platform for Virtual Reality experiences.”The news, which was reported first by VR news site UploadVR, comes less than a month after Facebook said it is setting up a dedicated social VR team and announced plans to launch its 360-degree video streaming technology on Samsung Gear VR headsets.Google is also developing an “all-in-one virtual reality headset” that runs independent of a smartphone, games console or computer, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report, and has reportedly set up a dedicated Virtual Reality (VR) division and appointed company executive Clay Bavor to run the unit.Virtual Reality will celebrate its first billion-dollar year in 2016, driven by approximately US$700 million (€645 million) in global hardware sales, according to Deloitte. The professional services firm’s ‘Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions 2016’ report claims that approximately 2.5 million VR headsets and 10 million games will be sold this year.last_img read more


Liberty Global is looking at a possible sale of it

August 6, 2019

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first_imgLiberty Global is looking at a possible sale of its Swiss and Austrian operations, according to a report in UK newspaper The Telegraph. The move could help pave the way for a £175 billion merger between the cable giant and Vodafone.According to The Telegraph, citing unnamed sources, Liberty is working on a potential disposal of UPC Austria and UPC Switzerland, which are under a single management structure within the Liberty organization.Vodafone does not operate in either Switzerland or Austria, so the Swiss and Austrian units make obvious targets for a disposal if Liberty were to merge with the mobile giant.Potential buyers could include Swiss alternative operators Salt, the former Orange Switzerland, which is controlled by Iliad Telecom/Free owner Xavier Niel, and Sunrise Telecom.Liberty Global CEO, Mike FriesThe Swiss and Austrian units have struggled in the face of competition from incumbent telcos, collectively losing 7,300 revenue-generating units in Q3 this year, with a marked loss of video subscribers. Rebased revenue from the pair grew by 1% to €456 million, trailing other Liberty units, with operating cash flow contracted by a rebased 3% as UPC Switzerland absorbed the cost of its launch of premium sports service MySports.Following Liberty’s Q3 results, president and CEO Mike Fries told analysts that Switzerland presented a “tough competitive environment” but said that Liberty had “a good plan and also some interesting strategic opportunities” in the Swiss market. When asked to flesh out what he meant by “strategic opportunities”, he declined to be more specific, although he did say that there was “an opportunity to potentially get involved in the mobile business in a more concrete way”.On-off speculation about some kind of combination of Liberty Global and Vodafone has run for years. The concrete realization to date has been the pair’s VodafoneZiggo JV in The Netherlands, which Fries has characterized as a market-specific case.Vodafone has in the past been seen as potentially benefiting from a merger with Liberty, which owns Unitymedia in Germany and Virgin Media in the UK, because it lacks the same scale in fixed-line infrastructure as rivals such as Orange and Deutsche Telekom.However, Vodafone’s last quarterly results saw solid EBITDA growth in Germany and the UK, despite flat or falling sales, and strong growth in convergence. The company has announced extensive fibre build plans in both markets.last_img read more