George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith promise £12bn cuts to welfare budget

first_img Show Comments ▼ George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith promise £12bn cuts to welfare budget The government has promised to slash the welfare bill by £12bn each year, the day after tens of thousands of people took to the streets of London to protest against austerity.Chancellor George Osborne and work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the cuts would reform “the damaging culture of welfare dependency” and ensure “that work pays”  writing in the Sunday Times. The pair will forge ahead with cuts to the £220bn annual welfare budget including a reduction in the benefits cap and other “working-age benefits” with details to be announced in the chancellor’s Budget on 8 July.”This government was elected with a mandate to implement further savings from the £220bn welfare budget. For a start, we will reduce the benefit cap and have made clear that we believe we need to make significant savings from other working-age benefits.We will set out in detail all the steps we will take to bring about savings totalling £12bn a year in next month’s budget and at the spending review in the autumn,” they said.Osborne and Duncan Smith made the case that the government’s backing of business has led to job creation, encouraging the “shift from welfare to work” but there is “much more to do”. Having cut corporation tax and taken other steps to make sure Britain is once again open for business, it is good to see companies’ successes being passed through to workers in terms of these wage increases – something that will help us to reduce welfare spending further and that we want to see continue.The pair cited the latest job growth figures, released on Wednesday, which showed a fall in the rate of unemployment and the fastest rate of wage growth since 2001. whatsapp Lynsey Barber Share Sunday 21 June 2015 3:53 am Tags: Budget 2016 George Osborne Iain Duncan Smith People whatsapp More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

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The FDA may move to shorten that grim list of side effects in every drug ad. Advertising execs can’t wait

first_img Megan Thielking Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. By Megan Thielking June 28, 2017 Reprints News Editor Log In | Learn More GET STARTED Molly Ferguson for STAT Politics STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. About the Author Reprintscenter_img Warning: Watching TV drug ads may put you to sleep.That’s no surprise to many of us who’ve heard about the countless ways prescription drugs can harm us. But now, the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether bombarding consumers with every last potential side effect might be overkill. The agency, which approves prescription drugs and oversees how they’re marketed, is proposing a new study to look at whether patients are being “over-warned” to the point that they stop paying attention. Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What’s included? What is it? @meggophone [email protected] The FDA may move to shorten that grim list of side effects in every drug ad. Advertising execs can’t wait Tags financepatientspolicylast_img read more

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FDA signs off on Editas CRISPR study on patients with a rare genetic disorder

first_img What is it? Ruby Wallau for STAT Biotech [email protected] @damiangarde What’s included? National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Days after a Chinese researcher incensed the world of science with claims of editing the genomes of twin girls, an American company is plotting a CRISPR trial of its own. But in place of the secrecy and stagecraft that marked the Chinese experiment, Editas Medicine went the old-fashioned way: waiting for approval from the Food and Drug Administration.The company, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., got the FDA’s blessing to test a CRISPR-based therapy on patients with a rare genetic disorder that leads to blindness. Editas, which is partnered with Botox maker Allergan, said it plans to enroll between 10 and 20 patients in a study to test the treatment’s safety and efficacy. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. FDA signs off on Editas CRISPR study on patients with a rare genetic disorder center_img By Damian Garde Nov. 30, 2018 Reprints GET STARTED About the Author Reprints Damian Garde Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Tags biotechnologyBostongenetics Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.last_img read more

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New guidance from OSC on mutual fund-sponsored sales conferences

first_img The OSC published new guidance today on the process of selecting reps to attend conferences sponsored by fund firms. The guidance covers the details of the existing rules and regulatory policy in this area, noting that it’s the regulators’ position that fund managers, “should generally be dealing with” firms, rather than individual reps, in connection with mutual fund sponsored conferences. “This permits participating dealers to maintain better supervisory control over their representatives and reduces the potential conflicts that may arise between the duties owed to clients by representatives and the benefits provided by investment fund managers to those representatives,” it says. The guidance sets out the processes that fund managers should have to ensure that their conferences are open to all reps and that the selection of attendees is fair. “For example, attendance is filled on a first come, first served basis,” it says. The new guidance follows a review that was carried out by the OSC’s Compliance and Registrant Regulation (CR&R) branch, which looked at compliance with the mutual fund sales practices rule in connection with conferences that are organized and presented by investment fund managers. The OSC indicates that its staff intends to continue to monitor compliance with these requirements. Photo copyright: elen1/123RF Following a compliance review focusing on mutual fund-sponsored sales conferences, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) issued new guidance that aims to avoid conflicts of interest in the selection of reps to attend these events. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Incentive conflicts, regulatory burdens on AMF agenda IIROC sanctions rep over undisclosed real estate dealings Related news BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Keywords Sales incentives,  Conflicts of interestCompanies Ontario Securities Commission James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

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Protecting and enhancing biodiversity at Northern Arc, Burgess Hill

first_imgProtecting and enhancing biodiversity at Northern Arc, Burgess Hill The Northern Arc scheme in Mid Sussex is a 200-hectare strategic 3,500 home development being delivered by Homes England in its master developer role in the South East of England. It is set within a mature landscape of habitats including ancient woodland, mature trees, species-rich hedgerows, semi-improved grassland, watercourses and ponds. Protecting and enhancing this existing habitat is vital to ensure the Northern Arc has a long-term positive impact on local biodiversity and wildlife. From the outset, all areas of ancient woodland habitat have been protected. Ancient woodland is an irreplaceable habitat that has existed since at least the start of the 17th Century. Special consideration has also been given to protecting species-rich hedgerows, a traditional feature of the Sussex agricultural landscape. This has led to approximately 10km of existing hedgerows being retained and incorporated into the design of the Northern Arc. Trees with the potential to be affected by the development have been considered through an Arboricultural Impact Assessment submitted alongside the planning application, which can be viewed in the Northern Arc project library on burgesshill.net.When it comes to protecting trees, our partners Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council were closely consulted during the early design stage of the scheme. Satellite data, aerial imagery and data from DEFRA were used from the outset to highlight areas of woodland which should be protected. In addition, buffer zones were established around these highly valued ecological areas which cannot be built on, which include areas of Ancient Semi Natural Woodland. Key areas of importance have been surveyed by a qualified tree specialist to provide the most up to date and detailed information possible.The information collected from the surveys were used to categorise all the trees within the development and nearby surrounding area. The trees are categorised by their quality, value and estimated remaining lifespan. The design of the Northern Arc was refined to protect as many higher value trees as possible. Buffer zones where development is restricted have been placed around the highest value trees. Protective measures such as exclusion zones have been put in place around retained trees to protect them from any construction works at the Northern Arc.Where tree loss is unavoidable, such as our recent works to widen Isaacs Lane at the site of a new road junction, tree specialists have worked closely with ecology and landscape professionals and the Council to develop a tree planting plan to counterbalance the tree losses. The new trees will be planted to complement the existing species already present and to increase resilience, especially in respect of a changing climate and the threat of pests and disease. New broadleaved planting will be 80% native species, including species such as Alder, Holly, Aspen and Sweet Chestnut, whilst 20% will be non-native species, such as Sweet Gum, River Birch, Pin Oak and Common Walnut.Through this planting plan, the Northern Arc will increase the long-term quality, diversity and resilience of the local tree population.Because of the relatively small range of species on site at the moment, the existing trees are at risk of diseases such as Ash Dieback and Acute Oak Decline. The new woodland planting will create a varied woodland mosaic to provide a diverse range of habitat for biodiversity, as well as extending existing habitat corridors, boosting resilience to future climate change, pests and disease. The mixture of native and non-native species will provide a variety of colour, texture and seasonal interest to the area, and will help break up the development’s visual impact on the landscape. The planting will be visible throughout the Northern Arc, including its Western, Central and Eastern Neighbourhood Parks. As detailed designs for the Eastern Neighbourhood Park are created by developer partners in 2021, Homes England will share future updates.Image Credit: Scott Ramsey. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:biodiversity, Central, Century, climate, climate change, council, disease, Eastern, ecology, Government, habitat, project, quality, resilience, satellite, species, UK, UK Government, wildlifelast_img read more

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Council adopts City Plan success indicators

first_imgCouncil adopts City Plan success indicators A Queensland-first system being implemented by Townsville City Council is tracking progress made towards achieving the objectives of the Townsville City Plan.The Townsville City Plan Performance Indictors project has been developed thanks to a Queensland Government grant.Deputy Mayor and Planning and Development Committee chairperson Mark Molachino said this was a new way to measure how Council was tracking in its goal to transform the city.“Council has made significant progress in bringing the vision of the Townsville City Plan to life since it was adopted almost seven years ago and now there is a new way for us to see just how successful these measures are,” Cr Molachino said.“The Townsville City Plan Performance Indicators are a set of measure that monitor the progress Council has made towards achieving different parts of the 25-year vision that we have for our city.“The City Plan has four policy themes: shaping Townsville; a strong and connected community; an environmentally sustainable future, and sustaining economic growth.“The 12 indicators are organised around these four themes. They will help Council make targeted decisions by gauging whether the policy directions identified in the Townsville City Plan are being achieved and refining the City Plan directions.“They will also help in identifying new projects, lodging grant applications, improving governance by mobilising teams across Council towards common goals and providing a tool for community and industry engagement.”Cr Molachino said the project had the potential to become a model that other councils across the state could use to ensure they were meeting the strategic intent of their planning schemes.The Townsville City Plan Performance Indicators project focuses on:Housing growth and land supplyHousing location and typeNon-residential gross floor area in key activity centresModes of transportFootpath provisionProvision of regional and district open spaceStreet trees planted as part of major projectsBiodiversity in waterways and wetlandsQuality of waterways and wetlandsChanges in employment by key industryValue of industry sectorsType and value of major economic development projects /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:biodiversity, community, Economic Development, employment, environmentally sustainable, Government, housing, industry, planning, project, QLD, quality, Queensland, sustainable, Townsville, Townsville City Council, Transportlast_img read more

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Alfa Romeo returns to Formula 1 racing

first_img See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos Alfa Romeo will return to motorsport next year by becoming an official partner with Sauber to form the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.This will mark 33 years since the automotive manufacturer last left the sport. Alfa Romeo has a long history in Formula 1 from being the first team in the very first championship in 1950, then being engine supplier between 1961-1979, to racing as a works team again between 1979-1985.  The engines Alfa Romeo will supply will be rebranded Ferrari engines, which makes sense as the team already has a deal with Ferrari for powerplants and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) owns both Italian companies. While the cars will carry the colours and logos of Alfa, the partnership between the Swiss team Sauber F1 and the Italian marquee Alfa Romeo will extend beyond its livery and engines.  PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada advertisement RELATED TAGSAlfa RomeoNewsAlfa Romeo SpAChrysler Group LLCFerrari SpAFormula One Management Ltd.Formula One RacingFormula One World ChampionshipMotorsportsPascal WehrleinSergio MarchionneSportsYas Marina Circuitcenter_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 In this July 1, 1951 photo Juan Manuel Fangio comes out of a bend at speed during the race, driving a supercharged 1.5 Liter Alfa Romeo during the Grand Prix D’Europe at Rheims, France. ‹ Previous Next › “The brand itself will also benefit from the sharing of technology and strategic know-how with a partner of the Sauber F1 Team’s undisputed experience,” says Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari chairman and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in a press release. “The Alfa Romeo engineers and technicians, who have already demonstrated their capabilities with the newly-launched models, Giulia and Stelvio, will have the opportunity to make that experience available to the Sauber F1 Team.”Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Marcus Ericsson of Sweden, SWE, Team Sauber F1 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2017. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

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John Ash & Co. Restaurant Hires New Beverage Director and Sous…

first_imgAdvertisementThe Beloved Wine Country Fine Dining Establishment Introduces New Talents to Their Accomplished Staff SANTA ROSA, Calif. (April 18, 2017)—Sonoma County’s beloved John Ash & Co. Restaurant announces two talented new hires this spring: Sous Chef Danny Girolomo and Beverage Director Sean Brosnihan. Both gentlemen are thrilled to add their expertise and ideas to the restaurant, whose 37-year tenure and legacy as the birthplace of California Wine Country cuisine make it one of the most popular restaurants in the region.Girolomo is delighted to work closely with Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt in creating the restaurant’s seasonal menus, using exotic ingredients grown in the restaurant’s on-site culinary garden. No stranger to wine country cuisine, Girolomo comes to John Ash & Co. after working as sous chef for Santa Rosa’s Mayacamas Golf Club and, prior to that, as junior sous chef of FARM at the Carneros Inn. He says, “What makes wine country dining unique here is how everyone gives back to the community.”Brosnihan, who spent the last nine years working at Jordan Winery, is as much a fan of Sonoma County wines as he is an expert on them. He says he is excited to apply to John Ash & Co.’s beverage menu the restaurant’s own precedent for using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Of the wine list, Brosnihan says, “I love its depth and its Sonoma County-centric wines and spirits. It’s a neat opportunity for us to showcase everything our county has to offer.”The Front Room Bar & Lounge, adjacent to the restaurant, is one of Sonoma County’s most popular happy hour destinations. Brosnihan plans to add a Prohibition Era-focus to the cocktail menu, to address an ever-growing interest in historic drinks. Brosnihan plans to design cocktails that will be a completely new experience for guests of The Front Room.About John Ash & Co. RestaurantHelmed by veteran chef, Tom Schmidt, John Ash & Co. restaurant is one of Sonoma County’s premier dining venues, featuring a seasonal menu built around local, sustainable ingredients, many of which are grown in the on-site culinary garden. With a lively bar scene, welcoming sun porch, and the region’s only “all season” terrace nestled amidst the estate’s vineyards and gardens, John Ash & Co. is classic wine country dining at its best. The restaurant is located on the Vintners Inn estate at 4330 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403; for information and reservations, visit http://www.vintnersinn.com/johnash.asp or call (707) 527-7687.About The Front Room Bar & LoungeAdjacent to John Ash & Co., The Front Room Bar & Lounge is a popular gathering place where locals and guests of Vintners Inn can unwind together. The Front Room offers small plates in a warm and inviting setting, a perfect venue to enjoy conversation, relaxation and fun while exploring new wines and a seasonal cocktail list. A curved bar, handcrafted from fir and accented with an iridescent cobalt blue mosaic tile top, winds its way along the wall. A massive stone-cut fireplace and glass-enclosed wine cellar add dramatic flair. Plush furnishings in mohair, chenille, and soft-rubbed leather make a sumptuous setting.Advertisement ReddIt TAGSDanny GirolomoJohn Ash & Co.peopleSean Brosnihan Facebook Linkedin Home Industry News Releases John Ash & Co. Restaurant Hires New Beverage Director and Sous ChefIndustry News ReleasesJohn Ash & Co. Restaurant Hires New Beverage Director and Sous ChefBy Press Release – April 18, 2017 167 1 Pinterest Email Share Twitter Previous articleJardesca Inc. Announces Addition of National Brand ManagerNext articleSonoma County Vintners Appoints Gregory Walsh to Board of Directors Press Releaselast_img read more

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Millicom feels FX effect, talks up data performance

first_img Español Home Millicom feels FX effect, talks up data performance Mauricio Ramos, CEO of Millicom, complained about “macro headwinds”, but said the group’s Q1 2016 results demonstrated the Latin America and Africa-focused group had not been blown off course.Group revenue declined by 8.5 per cent to $1.53 billion, as Millicom felt the impact of adverse currency movements. This effect was driven mostly by the devaluation of the Colombian peso, the Paraguayan guarani and the Tanzanian shilling during 2015.The company also mentioned that “a more difficult security environment” in El Salvador and price competition in the Colombian mobile market had hit service revenue growth.Expressed organically, the revenue figures looked more encouraging, with a two per cent revenue increase. Service revenue was up by 4 per cent organically.Regional breakdownOn a geographic basis, organic revenue growth for LatAm was a sluggish 0.7 per cent to $1.31 billion, while Africa was a more sprightly 12 per cent to $220 million.By business units, mobile revenue in the quarter was only up by 1 per cent to $1 billion, but Millicom was buoyed by the performance of its cable unit which grew by 11 per cent to $376 million.Mobile financial services, the third leg of its so-called digital lifestyle strategy, jumped by 18 per cent to $31 million.Mobile in Latam struggled because of declines in voice and SMS revenue, although Africa was more robust.Users with smartphones are switching to over the top products, the group said. Mobile data continues to show strong growth, with revenue up by 30 per cent.“In our mobile business, growth continued to be driven by data uptake. Our focus on ‘volume to value’ has delivered rapid improvements in data profitability. We will continue to drive our commercial strategy to optimise our investments in 4G,” said Ramos.Operating expenses decreased by 11 per cent compared to Q1 2015, driven by lower corporate costs as well as the currency impact on the group’s cost base. It also benefited from internal efficiency drives.Net profit was $43 million, compared to a loss of $46 million in the year ago period. Previous ArticleJasper study breaks down opex cost for industrial IoTNext ArticleMillicom’s mobile money revenue creeps up AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 APR 2016 Author Millicom to launch open RAN network in LatAm Millicom mejora resultados gracias a las altas de móvilcenter_img Millicom lanzará una red RAN abierta en América Latina Tags Richard Handford 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 Millicomlast_img read more

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Vodafone CEO talks-up content bundles, reports data boost

first_img Zero-rated and bundled content can help meet increased demand for data without the need to “throw in the towel” and move to unlimited, Vittorio Colao, Vodafone Group CEO, said during the company’s Q1 trading update.During the three months to the end of June, the company introduced such bundles in Spain, Romania, Italy, Hungary and Greece. Customers are offered unlimited access to either social media, music or video for a set price, without impacting data allowances.The packages – named Vodafone Pass – are an attempt to meet the demand for data from customers without having to move to completely unlimited tariffs (as are gaining popularity in the US). Colao believes unlimited deals have a negative impact on networks and customer bills over time.While some European operator zero-rated offers have attracted investigations into potential flouting of net neutrality rules, Colao said he was confident the Vodafone deal met requirements as it didn’t exclude any specific content.“There’s no discrimination happening here,” he said. “Unlike other operators we are not saying this is only open to this service or that service. If you want a video pass it’s open to all video. We don’t discriminate and we don’t want to choose, that’s for the customers.”Data demandVodafone Group reported a boost in data usage across its operations in its fiscal first quarter. In the three months to the end of June, data traffic increased 63 per cent year on year, with its AMAP – Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific – unit reporting 70 per cent growth.Average data usage per user reached 1.6GB compared to around 1GB at the same time last year, driven by increased usage of 4G. It now has 83.5 million 4G customers across the 22 countries, up 8.8 million in the quarter.Colao added the roll-out of advanced versions of 4G now means in many areas cellular data is faster than Wi-Fi, especially in public spaces, with lower latency.“There is a lot of demand for data. The quality of 4G and 4.5G means it is now much better than Wi-Fi. We want to give customers the choice and attract users.”Revenue declineDuring its first quarter Vodafone Group revenue declined 3.3 per cent year on year to €11.5 billion, attributed to the spin-off of its Netherlands business – which forms part of a JV with Liberty Global – and foreign exchange rate movements. Vodafone Group does not reveal profit figures for Q1.The company added it had also seen an anticipated impact from European roaming regulations introduced towards the end of the quarter and the continued aggressive market in India, though the company noted the situation in India was now beginning to “settle” ahead of its proposed tie-up with Idea Cellular. Home Vodafone CEO talks-up content bundles, reports data boost Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Related Author Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 JUL 2017 Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Chris Donkin Previous ArticleSamsung set for Note 8 revealNext ArticleUS tech group wades into Apple/Qualcomm spat Vittorio ColaoVodafonezero-ratinglast_img read more

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