21Feb Rep. Hernandez sets local office hours Categories: Hernandez News State Rep. Shane Hernandez will host local office hours on Friday, March 1 to meet with residents of Sanilac and St. Clair counties.“Input from the people in our community is essential to effectively representing you in Lansing,” Hernandez said. “One of my top priorities as a state legislator is being open and accessible to you. I welcome anyone to attend.”The office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:10:30 a.m. at the Horseshoe Grill, 4000 Main St. in Brown City; and12 p.m. at the Mainstreet Café, 40 S. Elk St. in Sandusky.No appointment is necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Hernandez’s office by calling (517) 373-0835 or by email at ShaneHernandez@house.mi.gov.
CDN and video streaming services provider, Broadpeak, will showcase a range of solutions for the cable, IPTV, OTT, hybrid TV, and mobile markets at ANGA COM.Broadpeak will showcase version 1.3 of its nanoCDN technology, which is designed to let operators cost-effectively deliver live 4K content. It will also launch of version 2.3 of its BkA100 analytics solution, which lets operators and content providers collect data from users’ devices.An enhanced version of Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN V3.1 promises to enhance quality of experience (QoE) thanks to a new technology called CDN Diversity.Broadpeak said it will additionally demo a series of user experience-focused technologies, including a new video delivery technology aimed at improving video browsing on tablets and smartphones. An extension of Broadpeak CDN services’ footprint for worldwide reach is also listed as another ‘key technology demo’ that will be new at ANGA COM.Overall, Broadpeak will present a number of solutions for operators, including Cloud PVR; nanoCDN multicast ABR demo with 4K content; and its ‘CDN in a box’ solution.For content providers it will present solutions designed to “optimise OTT video delivery through various options”. These include: hosting the origin server; using a CDN selector; deploying local cache servers; CDN services; and a new standalone video analytics solution.Broadpeak will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.1, stand U38
Social networks’ share of advertising spend in the UK will overtake television ad spend by 2020, according to stats published by eMarketer.The research firm said that come 2020, social network ad spending will account for 20% of all media ad spend in the UK, compared to 17.8% for broadcast TV.As it stands today, social networks’ share of ad spending has overtaken all traditional media formats in the UK, with the exception of TV, and is expected to grow throughout the year.eMarketer estimates that marketers in the UK will spend £3.3 billion on social network advertising in 2018, a 24% increase over 2017.It has also increased its social ad projections since its previous forecast due to diversification in the marketplace, which it says is driving up overall social network user rates and resulting in increased spend.“While Facebook has been losing teen users, Snapchat has been adding them,” said Bill Fisher, eMarketer’s UK senior analyst.“The result is a growing social media market, and one that advertisers are keen to utilise. Media-rich targeting options, with video a particularly big play, make platforms like Snapchat and Instagram especially attractive.”
Giuliano GiorgettiEleven Sports has named Giuliano Giorgetti as managing director for Italy.Giorgetti, who begins his role immediately, will be responsible for expanding Eleven’s growth in Italy, increasing revenues, developing strategic partnerships, and overseeing the day to day operations.He previously worked for football clubs AC Milan and the Inter Milan.At AC Milan he led the club’s digital efforts with a special focus on content strategy, user experience, social media, and marketing. Giorgetti is also credited with helping to deliver a modern entertainment business for Inter Milan by managing the re-brand of the club’s TV channel. He was also responsible for digital partnerships, media rights and fan acquisition across social and owned media platforms.As well as his role at Eleven Sports Italy, Giorgetti will also act as head of digital and commercial partnerships at global investment company and Eleven Sports’ parent company, Aser. According to the company he will offer his expertise in helping Aser become a leading global media innovator in content creation and distribution.Former Eleven Sports Italy managing director Bruno Stirparo will stay as an advisor.Giorgetti will report directly to Eleven Sports Group managing director Danny Menken and Aser managing director Marco Pistoni.Menken, said: “Since we entered the Italian market following our acquisition of Sportube last year, we have made great strides with our rights acquisitions, distribution and popularity amongst the fans. Giuliano’s knowledge and experience of the Italian sports media industry makes him the perfect person to lead our team in Italy as we look to continue our progression.”Giorgetti, said: “I am extremely excited to take on two such interesting roles in a dynamic and fast moving organisation. Eleven Sports has made remarkable progress in Italy, and I am delighted to be joining such a talented team. I am looking forward to applying my skills that I have developed over nearly two decades in the sports and media sectors to help drive innovation and change. We are open to every opportunity in this moment where the scenario changes rapidly.”Separately, Eleven Sports has added live and exclusive coverage of Dutch Eredivisie, Chinese Super League and Allsvenskan football to its line-up of content for UK and Ireland viewers.Coverage of the Eredivisie will start with the upcoming 2018-19 season, while the Chinese Super League will begin on Eleven from the 2019 season, and coverage of the Allsvenskan will start with the currently ongoing 2018 season.
MTN Uganda at a press conference. Image Credit: MTN Uganda Twitter Page Advertisement MTN Group yesterday released the Group Performance Report that highlighted achievements of the MTN Group and MTN Uganda results for the year ended 2015.The results reflect headline revenue growth of 2.8 percent for telco Revenues despite a challenging operating environment driven by the depreciation of the Uganda Shilling, subscriber disconnection as well as the effect of the One Network Area. The ongoing investment in network and system infrastructure has positioned MTN Uganda as the leading network operator. This has enabled the company to report good growth in key strategic areas.MTN Uganda’s subscriber base decreased by a net 1.47 million year-on-year (YOY) subscribers notwithstanding the disconnection 3,7mil subscribers in the last quarter to meet the compliance requirements of the Regulation of Interception Communications Act (RICA). This resulted in a decrease in the subscriber base by 14.1% to 8.9mil at year end. There has already been a significant return of these customers with 1mil net new connections being achieved in the first two months of the year. This is an increase of 11.1% from the closing base at year end. – Advertisement – MTN reported a 17.4 percent increase in total data revenue, which contributed 28.3 percent to telco revenue.Mobile Data subscriber penetration reached an average of 40% of the total MTN Subscriber Base; which represents a base of 3.3m subscribers, and a growth of 26% in 3G subscribers YOY. Notably, the company reported 88% growth YOY in Mobile Data revenue, driven by a very high growth in data usage that was propelled by the rollout of MTN’s 4G LTE network.Leading Financial Services (MFS) Provider MTN Mobile Money recorded a 6.7 percent YOY increase in active subscribers to 3.45 million, and a 23% increase in revenue. The active Mobile Financial Services subscribers constitute 52.4 percent of our registered MFS base.Mobile Money contributed 17.2 percent of all 2015 revenues, representing an increase of 14.3 percent from 2014. This continued contribution reflects the strength of the financial services offering that has been provided The total registered mobile money based was 6.5million at year end.Mobile Money usage was stimulated by a wider mobile financial services product rangeLTE Network Investment “Our network rollout and investment plan during 2015 led to a steady growth in network sites, to a cumulative total of 1,567 sites on the network. This was attributed to 163 (2G)), 100 (3G) and 80 (4G LTE) sites,” the CEO revealed.While MTN’s 2G network covers 89 percent of Uganda total area geographically, 3G coverage is reported at 57 percent penetration of Uganda’s total addressable population.CAPEX in the year ended 31 Dec 2015 amounted to UGX 240bn and was spent largely on improving quality and capacity of the network. A total of 163 new 2G sites and 100 co-located 3G sites were rolled out. As a result, MTN Uganda’s quality of service continued to improve further from the last report published by the UCC in July of 2014 which already indicated that MTN had the best quality network in Uganda. Financial Performance. Consolidated revenue grew by 4.9 percent YOY with Telco revenue growing by 2.8 percent year-on-year. EBITDA margin decreased by 4.7 percentage points to 34.5 percent. This decrease in EBITDA margin is a reflection of the challenging operating environment associated with the shilling depreciation and impact of One Network Area to name a fewCommenting on the performance, MTN CEO Brian Gouldie said; “Despite the challenging operating environment last year, our leadership position and revenue growth was secured by our continued investment in network and infrastructure, our wider product range on Mobile Money, increased Data penetration propelled by a push for 3G devices on the network, coupled with attractive Data products and serves. This has been a significant effort that is defined by the ongoing commitment that the MTN team has displayed on delivery on our strategic objectives”, he said.“MTN has now been in Uganda for 18 years continuously. We remain one of the biggest capital investors in the country. This is again reflected in our investment plan for 2016 where UGX 238bn has been committed. Our network footprint covers the whole of Uganda and has not only been limited to the urban areas. Our innovation and execution of Mobile Financial services remains our flagship and we are very proud of the very positive impact that is being made on the economy by driving financial inclusion. Our customers remain at the center of our focus and the delivery of more value adding products remains our priority. We are very proud of the legacy already created and are working very hard to bring the digital world to all Ugandan’s” he added.