December 4, 1999Much of the detailing-work in the construction of Arcosanti is performed on-site.Cabinets, trim, fixtures, lighting, and railings, to name a few, are all elementswhich are fabricated in the various shops. The reuse of materials in these fabricationsis always desirable, as well, and is an example of frugality in practice. In this photo, current workshopper, JamesDavenport, who has opted to spend his time in the Metalshop cuts apart some scrapmetal to obtain pieces which will be welded into a railing. Photo and text byBenjamin Ericson.
Comux, the infrastructure joint venture set up to support the launch of local digital-terrestrial TV channels in the UK, yesterday switched on new transmitters at Winter Hill to bring services to Liverpool, Manchester and Preston.The transmitters, overseen by Comux and operated by Arqiva, will extend the reach of the local TV network increase by more than two million to a total of 12,390,000 homes across the country.“Just over a year ago Comux won the Ofcom licence to manage this major infrastructure project and create a business that would help to ensure the long-term future of local television,” said Ed Hall, CEO of Comux.“With today’s launch at Winter Hill, the network now reaches more than 12.3 million homes, and the revenue from the sale of spare capacity is starting to come in. I am pleased to say that the team at Comux has worked successfully with Arqiva to deliver this major project on time and on budget.”
Liberty Global-owned Belgian cable operator Telenet has struck a deal with international mobile virtual network operator Lycamobile to become a full MVNO on it mobile network.Lycamobile, the world’s largest international MVNO, has been active in Belgium since 2007 on the Orange Belgium network and provides low-cost international prepaid mobile voice and data services. Through the Full MVNO Agreement, Lycamobile’s customers will gain access to Telenet’s nationwide mobile network, which it acquired in the form of BASE Company, formerly owned by KPN, last year.Telenet is also selling its MNVO subsidiary Ortel Mobile to Lycamobile as part of the deal, giving Lycamobile an extended base of about one million users.Ortel Mobile, a former subsidiary of BASE, has been offering international prepaid mobile telephony solutions in Belgium since 2006 on the BASE network.The move is the latest that plays to Telenet’s strategy of opening its mobile network to third-party MVNOs. The operator already hosts MVNOs Mobile Vikings, VOO and SFR on the network.“We’re delighted to welcome this new partner. By acquiring BASE, Telenet has become an important partner in the MVNO market and intends to stay that way. Telenet’s aim is to operate the best mobile network and we plan to invest up to €250 million in the upgrade of our mobile infrastructure of which most will be completed by mid-2018,” said John Porter, CEO of Telenet.“These targeted investments, combined with the reputation inherited from BASE in terms of partnerships, will attract new partners, thus creating new opportunities for us. The sale of our direct subsidiary Ortel Mobile to Lycamobile represents a logical step in our strategy as Telenet has the strong ambition to grow in the 1 Mobile Virtual Network Operator Press Release wholesale business preferring to concentrate on new MVNO partnerships instead of investing in separate prepaid international mobile communication business units.”
James MurdochJames Murdoch has urged 21st Century Fox’s takeover of Sky to not be the victim of regulation, stressing the importance of business to a post-Brexit UK.Speaking at the RTS Cambridge Convention yesterday, the 21st Century Fox CEO delivered a talk based around the theme of ‘the challenges of a shifting media landscape’ in which he highlighted the importance of scale in today’s media business.Speaking after the government confirmed that the planned £18.5 billion (€20.5 billion) Sky takeover would be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority on the grounds of both broadcasting standards and media plurality, he also claimed the deal could bring economic benefits to the country.“Inward investment in the UK creative economy, and the positive signal it sends to companies around the world, is more important than ever as the UK prepares to chart a course outside the EU,” said Murdoch.He claimed the “soft power” of the UK’s creative industry would be “a big part of that story” ahead of Britain’s April 2019 divorce from European Union.“If the UK truly is ‘open for business’ post Brexit, we look forward to moving through the regulatory review process and this transformative transaction for the UK creative sector becoming an affirmation of that claim.”“We’re eager to provide Sky with access to the resources, reach, and creative sparks needed to keep pace against a new breed of competitors that now include some of the largest companies in the world, but none of whom have the local depth of investment and commitment to the UK and to Europe.”Murdoch used his RTS speech to stress Sky and 21st Century Fox’s past achievements, but added: “we will still need the freedom to take risks and the strength to compete that only comes from global scale.”“Scale provides the confidence to invest strategically, take risks, and support the development of new technologies and innovation – critical attributes in this dynamic period.”Earlier in the day Sky said it would continue to engage constructively in the process as the Competition and Markets Authority takes six months to investigate the Sky-Fox merger.At the end of that 24-week period, culture secretary Karen Bradley will come to a final decision on whether the merger will proceed, including any conditions that should apply in order for it to do so.