first_imgHome China Unicom maintains momentum in H1 FCC moves on China Unicom block Previous ArticleIntelligence Brief: How the IoT ecosystem stacks upNext ArticleVodafone UK deploys new tech against call scam ARPU gains boost China Unicom profit China operators lose NYSE delisting appeal China Unicom posted a strong rise in profit for the first six months of the year, as its mobile business recorded nearly 10 per cent growth after ARPU stabilised.The operator continued an upward earnings trajectory with a 145 per cent year-on-year increase in net profit to CNY5.9 billion ($854 million), on consolidated revenue of CNY149 billion, up 7.9 per cent from H1 2017. Service revenue grew 8.3 per cent to CNY134 billion, driven by a 9.7 per cent increase in mobile service turnover to CNY84.3 billion.In its earnings statement, the company said the growth rate exceeded the industry average by nearly 8 percentage points. The increase came despite the cancellation of domestic mobile data roaming fees in 2017, a move chairman and CEO Wang Xiaochu said the operator had prepared for by “optimising tariff packages” and promoting “heavy data packages”.He noted the unit pricing for mobile data services decreased substantially year-on-year during H1, while mobile data consumption volume grew.Data leadsMobile data revenue grew 23.8 per cent year-on-year to CNY53.9 billion. Revenue from non-voice services (fixed and mobile internet) increased 14.8 per cent to CNY110 billion, representing 82.1 per cent of service revenue (up from 77.1 per cent in H1 2017). Mobile equipment sales rose 4.5 per cent to CNY14.7 billion.The operator added 64.2 million 4G subscribers compared with end-June 2017, taking its total to 203 million: 4G penetration rose from 51 per cent to 67 per cent. Its total subscriber base increased 12 per cent year-on-year to 302 million.Mobile ARPU held steady at CNY47.90.Full year outlookWang cited continued downward pressure in its traditional businesses, the end of domestic mobile data roaming and the escalation of market competition as factors which “will collectively impose challenges for the company’s development” in H2.Capex for the full year is forecast to increase to about CNY50 billion from CNY42 billion in 2017. It targets adding another 50,000 4G base stations in H2 after deploying 60,000 in the opening six months, which left it with 910,000 in total at end-June.The company also announced Li Fushen, who previously served as an executive director and CFO, stepped down as CFO and was replaced by Zhu Kebing. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related China UnicomH1 earnings Joseph Waring Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 AUG 2018 Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Tags last_img read more

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first_imgHomepage BannerNews Facebook Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme The Mayor of Philadelphia, Senator Jim Kenney has met an Ireland North West delegation of civic leaders, officials and education institutions who are in Pennsylvania’s largest city exploring opportunities for business and educational partnerships.The delegation led by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan and Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle met Senator Kenney in Philadelphia where gifts were exchanged and officials showcased the North West region as a prime location for investment.Speaking at the meeting the Philadelphia Mayor said: “It was a great honour to meet with Mayor Nicholas Crossan & Mayor Michaela Boyle during their time in Philadelphia.“In Philadelphia, we pride ourselves on being an international city—one that embraces our diversity and celebrates our connections to people and places across the globe. Ireland has long been a top partner for the Philadelphia region, and this visit from the Mayors of Donegal and Derry City and Strabane is the latest example of our commitment to continued cooperation between the regions.”Cathaoirleach Cllr Nicholas Crossan said Mayor Kenney’s attendance at the breakfast event was an indication of his support and commitment to the region while Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor Cllr Michaela Boyle thanked Mayor Kenney for his hospitality and support for the North West region. The delegation’s busy itinerary included a morning breakfast meeting with officials from the Select Greater Philadelphia Council about opportunities and advice for companies from Donegal and Derry/Strabane area if they want to base themselves in the area.Meetings were also hosted with key partners in Philadelphia about ways of strengthening their existing links with the North West of Ireland.The trade and investment mission is led by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council and includes representatives from third level and further education providers and development organisations including Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the North West Regional College, Donegal ETB and Catalyst, who also explored Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Programme partnership opportunities with their counterparts in the area.The visit to Philadelphia is part of the Council and partner’s wider international relations programme to promote the North West globally and enhance its reputation and capacity to attract investment, expand business opportunities, extend global reach of the region and attract educational and cultural ties and reach.During the visit the North West delegation will travel to Boston to link up with the eight companies from the Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council areas for a number of days of meetings, networking and civic events.As part of the trade mission next week the delegation will promote the educational opportunities in the North West with the diaspora community in Philadelphia, where educational organisations will have the opportunity to showcase the world-leading education provision across UU, NWRC, LYIT and Donegal ETB.The group will meet with leading business executives and industry influencers, in both Boston and Philadelphia, including Mayors Kenney and Walsh from Cities of Philadelphia and Boston respectively. The Mayors will use the occasion to strengthen the civic ties that exist between these two great American cities and the Northwest.A key event during the visit will be the launch of the Atlas for a City Region at Harvard University – a unique 18 month long project commissioned by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council under the auspices of the North West Regional Development Group, to investigate how the cross border Letterkenny/Derry North West City Region can be shaped in light of the economic, political and social realities of Brexit.The group will also attend a series of civic events including meetings with the Irish International Immigrant Centre, Boston’s District Hall and the Boston State House, as well as take part in the annual Golden Bridges Conference and Awards luncheon.The companies travelling with the delegation will follow their own bespoke itinerary where they will meet with key contacts to explore and understand opportunities in the US market, develop in-market networks and build relationships with potential customers, agents/distributors.The companies travelling as part of the delegation are – O’Neill’s International Sportswear, Humanity Cosmetics, Learning Pool and Brand It Technologies from the Derry and Strabane District Council area and from Donegal, EKO Chute, MMG Welding and Wild Fuschia Bakery. 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first_img Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Featured image: Necsa cof The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Limited (Necsa), has been chosen as one of the  winners by The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) for its renowned artisan training programme.The training programme has been nominated under the category of Best Artisan Development Programme.Acting CEO of CHIETA, Kedibane Moroane, expressed elation regarding the commitment from all stakeholders noting that the awards evening, is recognition of dedicated, hard-working contributors that make a difference in the lives of people.Best Artisan Development ProgrammeMoroane said: “Congratulations to Necsa on being chosen as a winner in the category, Best Artisan Development Programme.“Necsa has managed to have a success rate of 95% for a number of years and have managed to employ some of the artisans. The success of this programme should not go unnoticed, hence this Award.”Phumzile Tshelane, Group CEO of Necsa said:  “I am proud and gratified that all the work that we have put into developing a world class artisan training programme has been recognised in this way.”Necsa is internationally certified as both a designer and fabricator of nuclear technology systems.  Necsa is the only company in South Africa with this certification.Tshelane added:  “To run with the world’s best in the construction of our new nuclear power fleet we train our highly- rated artisans to world standard, with no compromise.”Tshelane said that Necsa is working on expanding its artisan training capacity to meet the demand for highly skilled local manpower which will result from the building of the new nuclear power stations.Currently Necsa is training 300 people in a range of highly skilled craft trades to meet the coming demand.center_img Generation UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Finance and Policy Previous articleSiemens joins forces with Future Energy East AfricaNext articleGlobal transition to clean energy Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.last_img read more

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first_imgWhen law firms first started to promote themselves online, their websites were little more than brochures: ‘This is who we are, this is where to find us and you can phone or email us for more information.’ Many firms have at least moved on to a more interactive experience for clients and potential clients, but for others the only advance has been to create an online form for an enquirer to complete by way of indicating their needs. I suggest that this does not really advance such firms’ offerings. Nonetheless, such an online presence does get you noticed by prospective clients searching for a local solicitor, or a solicitor with a particular expertise. So it should go without saying that, when an enquiry from such a search is received, the firm must respond quickly to capture the enquirer as a client. After all, yours may well not be the only firm to whom an enquiry has been submitted. Regular readers of my blog will be bracing themselves for a story about how law firms have failed to rise to this modest challenge, but on this occasion you can relax a little, because my anecdote is this time about accountancy firms. Don’t get too complacent though, because there may be a sting in this little tale. I recently had cause to seek the services of an accountant, so I did some research and narrowed down my choice to three firms. All of them had online forms and I duly submitted my queries to each of them. Only one produced an automated email response advising me that I would hear from them within one working day, and they duly contacted me within that time. The second took two days to respond, and even then only after I emailed them to ask whether I might hear from them. As for the third, well, I’m still waiting six days later. I suspect that, in the case of the firms that have been slow to respond, it was not a case of the person in receipt of the online form simply not being bothered. Or at least I hope so. It is more likely that they do not have a simple mechanism in place to ensure that all online expressions of interest are immediately routed to one or more persons tasked to respond immediately, with backup systems in place to deputise for absentees. This really isn’t rocket science and yet, in failing to have such systems in place, these firms have caused their reputations more damage than by not having a website in the first place. The sting in the tale? Do you know how your firm manages online enquiries? When I ask partners in firms with management responsibilities, often they don’t know…last_img read more

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first_imgMelbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Club had been due to host the 105th edition of the historic championship, the world’s fifth oldest professional golf tournament, in November.But with the country battling a surge in COVID-19 cases and the game’s stars facing major tournaments moved to later in 2020, Golf Australia operations manager Simon Brookhouse said they would instead look at a “January to March 2021 window”.The US Masters, originally scheduled for April, will now be played in Augusta from November 12-15.Coupled with COVID-19 travel restrictions and quarantine measures, that means it would be almost impossible to assemble a world-class field in Melbourne.“Unfortunately, it is not a simple matter of whether or not we could co-ordinate any international stars to visit,” Brookhouse said.“The uncertainty of the quarantine requirements for any players coming from outside Australia needed to be considered,” he said, noting that the restrictions would also impact Australian players currently overseas.“These are very challenging times for all Australians and the uncertainty the global pandemic has caused makes it very difficult to be definitive in relation to future dates at this time,” Brookhouse said.Australia closed its borders to most international travellers in March to curb the spread of COVID-19, although exceptions have been made for some professional athletes who agree to quarantine for 14 days.While most of the country has successfully contained the epidemic, Melbourne is struggling to control a second wave of the virus, closing nearly all travel into the city and surrounding Victoria state.Last year’s Australian Open in Sydney was plagued by smoke from unprecedented bushfires. It was won by Australia’s Matt Jones.The postponement means 2020 will be the first year since World War II in which the Australian Open will not be held.last_img read more

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