Work Advancing to Establish Energy Services Company Industry

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government’s planned establishment of an Energy Services Company (ESCO) Industry in Jamaica will be further advanced this year with an allocation of $20 million in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, which have been tabled in the House of Representatives.The money will be used to continue work to complete implementation of the energy sector’s institutional regulatory framework; conduct seven ESCO workshops; and develop and implement an awareness building and market plan, during the 2014/15.The project seeks to develop a sustainable ESCO industry in Jamaica by raising the level of awareness and understanding of the business of Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy (RE); introducing new business models to enable increased levels of investment in and implementation of EE and RE projects; and increasing dialogue, trust, and confidence in the industry among stakeholders.Achievements, to date, include recruitment of a project manager; and the commencement of work to improve the industry’s institutional and regulatory framework.Additionally, work has also commenced to develop innovative and appropriate financing and contracting mechanisms for ESCOs intended to stimulate demand for and supply of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with funding support from the European Union (EU), commenced in April 2012 and is slated to run until March 2018. RelatedGovernment Renews Telecoms Licences RelatedState Minister Robinson Attends Innovation and Entrepreneurship Retreat in U.S. RelatedGovernment Sells 700-MHz Spectrum to Digicelcenter_img Work Advancing to Establish Energy Services Company Industry TechnologyApril 6, 2014Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Story HighlightsThe Government’s planned establishment of an Energy Services Company (ESCO) Industry in Jamaica will be further advanced this year with an allocation of $20 million in the 2014/15 Estimates of ExpenditureThe project seeks to develop a sustainable ESCO industry in Jamaica by raising the level of awareness and understanding of the business of Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy (RE); The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with funding support from the European Union (EU), commenced in April 2012 and is slated to run until March 2018. Advertisementslast_img read more

BT boasts 50,000 consumer mobile subs

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 MAY 2015 Home BT boasts 50,000 consumer mobile subs Author Previous ArticleVivendi completes sale of Numericable-SFR stake to AlticeNext ArticleSlovak Telekom IPO is dropped as DT speculation hots up BT consumer boss opens net neutrality debate BT mulls options for sports TV service Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more Ken Wieland BTEEFinancialServicesTechnology BT preps renewed 5G push, pandemic hits earnings Tags Related BT was sufficiently impressed with take-up of its recently-launched consumer mobile service, BT Mobile, to announce that its range of SIM-only offers had attracted over 50,000 customers in the space of six weeks.The UK incumbent was nonetheless coy about its business mobile services, refusing to disclose take-up figures for its Cloud Phone (BT One Phone) launched in June last year, other than to say there were “encouraging signs”.Although BT Mobile, available only to existing BT broadband subscribers, represents barely a blip on the UK mobile market, rivals will note once again the words of CEO Gavin Patterson (pictured) – speaking at the firm’s Q4 results – that there will be an “acceleration” of BT’s mobile strategy following the acquisition of EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator.The £12.5 billion takeover needs approval from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which BT anticipates by March 2016. Until then, BT’s business and consumer mobile services are offered courtesy of an MVNO deal with EE.Rival operators might also remember Patterson’s words when he explained the move for EE at a press conference earlier this year: “We expect significant demand in the market for fixed and mobile converged products, and we will [be] better equipped than anyone else in the UK to offer these services and meet the changing needs of UK consumers,” he said.Leaving aside whether or not there will indeed be a strong demand for quad-play services, BT’s Q4 results demonstrated growing momentum in other parts of its business that could make up an attractive fixed and mobile bundle.By the end of March, BT Sport subscribers reached 3.3 million (and 5.2 million when wholesale customers are thrown into the mix).Those figures may well jump much further this summer, when a three-year exclusive deal kicks off for BT to show UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football in the UK.BT TV customers stood at 1.1 million subscribers end-March, up 14 per cent year-on-year.Fixed broadband is showing strong growth, too. Net adds of BT retail fibre broadband customers were 266,000 during Q4 – its best-ever quarter. Patterson said that 39 per cent of BT’s broadband customer base now had fibre connections.The strong performance in fibre, combined with costs cuts, helped BT report full-year core earnings (EBITDA) of £6.27 billion versus market expectations, according to Reuters, of £6.22 billion.last_img read more

RFS Expands FTTA Portfolio with New HCS Hybrid Connector

first_imgRadio Frequency Systems (RFS) has introduced the industry’s first Hybrid Connector System (HCS) for Fiber-to-the-Antenna (FTTA) applications, expanding its portfolio of connector options to suit any site architecture. The new product offers the ultimate plug-and-play solution for FTTA deployments by combining fiber optic and power leads within the same robust, outdoor-rated enclosure to enable a faster, more reliable deployment.Designed for use with RFS’ HYBRIFLEX® hybrid cables, the HCS offers a plug-and-play “coax-like” solution for FTTA similar to what a traditional coaxial cable solution does for RF systems, and is the only hybrid connector on the market, combining DC power and fiber optics in one connector. Traditional solutions have the DC going straight to the RRH and the fiber breakout being handled separately at the top of the tower. With the HCS only one connection point is needed between the riser cable the jumper cable, both featuring an HCS interface. This single connection point reduces installation time and expense, and drastically reduces the chances of fiber contamination in the field from dirt and other outside elements, offering a very reliable solution. The use of HCS greatly increases the system reliability, since the contents (fiber and DC) are protected by RFS’ robust aluminum armor that goes straight into the back of the HCS, thus eliminating chances of damage at the top of the tower – a recurring (and expensive) issue with FTTA deployments.RFS’ new HCS hybrid connector is a cost-effective, reliable solution designed for sites using hybrid cables. This new product addition makes RFS a one-stop-shop for the complete set of connector solutions, including ODVA, MPO, among other types, for any site configuration.last_img read more

Pioneer buildings may find home in park

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe city has about 14 acres of land on 20th Street East near Avenue S it acquired from Los Angeles County in 2004 at no cost, with the provision that it be used for a park. City officials are interested in creating a historical park where residents see exhibits on the city’s history, such as how the railroad affected the community’s development, and possibly old buildings, such as the community’s first schoolhouse. The property sits adjacent to the 120-year-old Palmdale cemetery, and city officials are considering what level of involvement they want to have in cleaning up that site and whether it should be tied in with the historical park. Ledford believes a joint historical park/cemetery project could help preserve the city’s history for future generations. “I think it’s a rich story that has yet to be discovered,” Ledford said. The Munz and Ritter buildings probably both date to just before the turn of the 20th century. In addition to serving the families, Settle said he has been told the buildings both saw other uses: The Munz home was used as a post office and the Ritter home held church services. PALMDALE – Homes once occupied by two pioneer families and a former railroad building may return to Palmdale for a proposed historical park. City officials have been offered the three buildings by 95-year-old historian Glen Settle, who acquired them decades ago and had them moved to a now-closed tourist attraction at the Tropico gold mine outside Rosamond. Mayor Jim Ledford said he asked city staff to look into the possibility of relocating the buildings as part of an effort to develop a historical park at the site of the city’s first settlement, Palmenthal. The settlement was founded in the 1880s by German and Swiss immigrants from Nebraska and Illinois. “They are really going to need a lot of work,” Ledford said. “We need to analyze what it’ll take to relocate and what will be needed to rehabilitate.” The railroad building has a family connection for Settle. His father used to work out of the building, inspecting tracks for Southern Pacific. “I was born in that building in 1911,” Settle said. The three buildings were relocated to Rosamond to be part of a tourist attraction called the Tropico Gold Camp that opened after the gold mine itself shut down in the 1950s. About a half million visitors went through the attraction before it was shut down in the 1980s, Settle said. Both the Munz and Ritter buildings have been used for TV shows in the past. Since the camp closed, however, the buildings have fallen into disrepair. “Vandals got into them and the weather hasn’t helped,” Settle said. “With these old buildings, the first thing that goes is the roof.” Vandals have broken windows and there is graffiti to be cleaned up, Settle said. [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more