Asia BT mulls options for sports TV service Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more BTMVNOquad playServicesUK Author Previous ArticleVodacom, MTN losers in SA termination rate spat – for nowNext ArticleBlackBerry enterprise boss claims customers embracing return to roots Tags Related BT preps renewed 5G push, pandemic hits earnings MVNOs mount South Korea 5G pricing challenge Tim Ferguson AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 APR 2014 BT reportedly plans to provide consumer mobile services in the UK as part of a quad-play strategy which would make use of 4G spectrum it acquired last year, along with its broadband network and pay-TV service.Sources told Financial Times that the company will be able to compete with mobile operators by offering low-cost bundles that include mobile services alongside fixed phone services, broadband and TV.Offers will apparently be launched for businesses by the end of 2014, with consumer services following soon after.BT recently signed a long-awaited MVNO agreement with EE, which will see the UK’s largest mobile operator offer “various MVNO” services to BT’s customers and employees in the UK on an exclusive basis. BT said it will also build up its Wi-Fi presence for consumers through the partnership.In addition, sources said BT is looking to make its mobile proposition an extension of its superfast broadband by upgrading its existing Wi-Fi home hubs to use femtocell technology based on the 4G spectrum it acquired last year.BT is also believed to be in early talks with handset makers regarding the supply of devices.The company could cross-subsidise bundled offers on services, allowing it to offer lower prices for its mobile services than operators.BT Vision, the pay-TV service, is in a strong position, having secured the rights to broadcast Premier League football, while BT fixed home lines are still widely used, despite a decline in demand.Analyst firm Berenberg believes BT could offer a SIM-only deal with unlimited voice and SMS for as little as £3 per month, with £4 charged for every gigabyte of data.BT is also likely to offer longer-term contracts which include smartphones and mobile data bundles covering the home, according to the sources.The UK telco hasn’t offered consumer mobile services since its 2002 spin off of Cellnet, which became O2 and was subsequently acquired by Telefonica. Home BT readying quad-play strategy — report
Email For seven years, Brian Johnson has been exploring the vast waters of Flathead Lake from the cockpit of his kayak. It’s a perspective few experience and one that he is eager to share. In May, Johnson opened Sea Me Paddle Kayaking Tours in Lakeside. The retired deputy sheriff from Michigan has been kayaking for 16 years and will now use his expertise to introduce others to the sport. His girlfriend, Joli Hailey, also an avid boater, is the operations manager and marketing director of the company. “We wanted to let people experience the outdoors in a way that they normally wouldn’t be able to. Our ultimate goal is to be ambassadors to Flathead Lake,” Johnson said.Previously, Johnson led outdoor trips in Michigan and has worked for Glacier Adventure Guides, based in Columbia Falls. He is also an active member of Flathead County Search and Rescue, the Flathead County Swiftwater Rescue Team and the sheriff’s department’s dive team. Johnson originally hoped to offer guided trips around Hungry Horse Reservoir, but the National Forest Service does not issue guiding permits for the area. Consequently, Johnson began seeking an alternative, which led him to Lakeside where the Fish, Wildlife and Parks department is responsible for permits and grants them much more freely. In exchange for his permit, FWP requested that Johnson keep a log of all wildlife and vandalism activity on Cedar Island, one of his tour destinations. At the end of the season Johnson will write an annual report summarizing his observations.“Fish Wildlife and Parks can’t get to all the islands and be there 24/7 so they rely on information from people who are visiting the islands to tell them if someone is starting fires or damaging the property,” Johnson said. Johnson was granted permission to lead tours in Somers Bay and to Wayfarers and Westshore state parks and Cedar Island. On Cedar Island he takes clients to a 1920s homestead cabin and to see ancient Indian pictographs that can only be viewed from the water.The company was denied access to Wild Horse Island because it is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation and only the tribe can grant guiding permits for the area. Johnson originally intended to only offer guided tours, but he received so many requests for boat rentals that he ordered an additional four kayaks to rent. Sea Me Paddle offers tours for up to six people, not including the two accompanying guides. Every boat is equipped with a universal cockpit, meaning it can be adjusted to accommodate a client’s height and weight. Johnson said the boats can also be adjusted for children depending on their age, weight and size. Sea Me Paddle offers a variety of tours, from two-hour family paddles in Somers Bay to overnight trips that visit Cedar Island and feature a campout at either Westshore or Wayfarers state parks. The company provides all of the gear necessary for the trips as well as food for overnight excursions. Johnson intends to keep Sea Me Paddle running throughout the winter, insisting that, with the proper equipment, paddling in the winter can be an exciting adventure. The company will even offer overnight trips as long as the state parks are open for camping.“It’s a common misconception that you can’t kayak during the colder weather, but I have never been cold kayaking,” Hailey said,The company currently employs one guide apart from Johnson and Hailey, although Johnson plans to expand the operation in the near future. “We are hoping we’ll be buried and we’ll have to hire one or two more people,” Johnson said.Sea Me Paddle offers tours by reservation and also welcomes walk-ins. The company’s hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week and the office is located at 7220 Highway 93 S. in Lakeside. More information can be found at seamepaddle.com or on Facebook. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Brian “BJ” Johnson, Sea Me Paddle owner and lead guide, right, and Joli Hailey are seen in their office in downtown Lakeside with their dog Boogie. Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon
Dear friends & fellow readers!This post is part 2 and continues from my earlier post, dated 6th May 2020.In March 2015, I started my own music school in partnership with someone who had been running a Music School franchise earlier. This was a high-end music school franchise located in a prime area of South Delhi. My son was one of the first students!And the enquiries for learning music and dance started to trickle in. The enquiries were made up of a few distinct segments of prospective students.The first segment was made up of Children whose Parents were looking to develop a hobby for their child, Parents who were primarily upper-middle class and a few rich ones (the real rich ones still prefer the teacher coming to their homes), Parents who wanted to wean away from their child from the Video game and TV addiction.The second segment was of Children who were interested in Music and Dance, but their preference was Western Music, Musical instruments like the Guitar and the Violin, Children who could hum English songs and studied in the Private Schools of South Delhi. Interest in Indian Classical Music or Dance was limited if any. Dance forms that interested this segment is what we call Bollywood Dancing or Contemporary Dancing.What I found very interesting was the third segment. These were Children with a keen interest in Indian Performing Art forms, be it Kathak or Hindustani Vocal with its myriad Ragas or even Tabla. These kids were primarily from socio-economically underprivileged sections of our Society, mostly studying in Government Schools. Most of these children were very talented, could hold a tune and through practice had learnt some of the classical dances from Bollywood movies.The Parents of this third segment were keen-eyed and excited to get the Child to develop a happy life skill in a small group setting, something more than they could genuinely afford. Both the Parents and the Child would be immensely disappointed with crestfallen faces when they became aware of our fees, though we used to deep-discount it for them. Some would still find a way to pay the fees, maybe for a few quarters. We instituted a few scholarships to get some of the highly talented along.There was some level of mix and match of profile in each of these three segments; these were not so cleanly delineated as described above.Once the Child converted into a Student, Children from each of these segments showed different behaviours.1. The first segment: Rich Parent-Child disinterested in Music and DanceA few of these Children would develop a love for Music and Dance. Most of the others would have patchy attendance and would drop off over time, the disinterest rubbing off on the parents.2. The second segment: Middle Class/ Rich Parent-Child talented and interested in Western Music or Contemporary DanceThese Children did well; typically, their skills will get honed and they would develop a happy life skill in Western Music or Contemporary Dance. Their interest in the formality of Music Education, of getting a diploma or a degree would be limited and many a time, exams and school education will overtake their schedule and then it would be too much of an effort for them to come back.3. The third segment: Socio-economically underprivileged family – Child with talent and interest in Indian Classical Performing ArtsThese students were in a different class altogether. They would be extremely regular, and as Indian Classical Performing Arts require immense practice, they would be at it. These Children would do every class and then a few more, hoping that their Parents will pay up. Their learning would be dramatic till one day the Parent can no longer afford it.For any performing art form, you require a sponsor, a talent and an audience and the three are tightly connected.In earlier times the patrons of Indian Performing Arts were the Maharajas, the Rich and the Haveli-walas. Who are the current sponsors/ patrons of Indian Performing Arts? Bollywood? The Industry?And where is the Talent going?And the Audience? How does it learn to appreciate these tough and complex performing art forms? Are these art forms too rigid and have failed to evolve for the times?Why do tickets for a Dua Lipa or a Jonas brothers concert get sold out at exorbitant sums, but nobody wants to listen to an equally good classical singer?This brings me to the third phase of this journey, which I will cover in part 3.