Home Altice USA names SVP for MVNO move MVNOs mount South Korea 5G pricing challenge AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 JUN 2018 Cable company Altice USA turned to the former deputy CEO and CFO of Altice Dominicana to head up a forthcoming MVNO service.Jean-Charles Nicolas (pictured) was named SVP of Altice Mobile, tasked with leading the development, launch and marketing strategy for the MVNO. He will report directly to Altice USA COO Hakim Boubazine.Nicolas holds more than 20 years experience in the mobile industry, including a stint with Neuf Cegetel, a France-based operator offering fixed and MVNO services.The move comes as Altice USA gears up to launch the new wireless offering through an MVNO agreement with Sprint. The deal offers a degree of reciprocity by enabling Sprint to access Altice USA’s cable infrastructure to boost its network densification efforts.In a statement, Boubazine called Altice USA’s expansion into the mobile market an “exciting evolution” which will enable it to “introduce disruptive and differentiating offers to our residential and business customers”. He added the company is making “great progress readying our network infrastructure and customer management platforms to support our mobile offering and are glad to have Jean-Charles on board for this next phase as we bring our wireless product to market”.Altice USA isn’t the only US cable company jumping into wireless.Comcast made the leap in May 2017 via an MVNO agreement with Verizon. Charter Communications, which similarly holds an agreement with Verizon, is preparing to follow in its footsteps. Altice USAMVNO Author Previous ArticleInstagram reels out long-form video appNext ArticleApple Pay moves into Poland and Norway Related Optus enters MVNO market with Amaysim purchase Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Diana Goovaerts Asia Tags T-Mobile chief issues MVNO warning to cable ops
DUBLIN, Ohio – Standing in the middle of the 18th fairway Thursday at the Memorial, Brendan Steele first thought about taking a conservative line into one of the hardest hole locations at Muirfield Village. But then he remembered one of many lessons he’s learned from frequent practice-round partner Phil Mickelson – be more aggressive. Steele took dead aim at the flag and holed his second shot from 154 yards for eagle and an opening 65. He came back Friday morning and added a 67 in perfect conditions to finish at 12 under and take a share of the lead with Matt Kuchar when he finished in the early afternoon. “A lot of things are going right,” Steele said. “Obviously, conditions are really good. So kind of a lot of good scores out there. Greens are rolling perfect. They’re pretty soft. If you’re in good position off the tee, you can really get after it.” Steele’s aggressive approach has paid off so far this week, and it has also helped Mickelson, who closed with a 3-under 69 Friday to finish five behind Steele and Kuchar. Steele and Mickelson live about an hour from each other in Southern California, and they occasionally get together either at Steele’s home in Irvine or at Mickelson’s in San Diego. They warmed up for the Memorial with two rounds over the weekend. It didn’t end well for Steele. Day 1: Mickelson def. Steele, 2 and 1. Day 2: Mickelson def. Steele, 5 and 4. “He just drummed me around for a couple days,” Steele said. “I use a little bit more flamboyant term, but that’s fine,” Mickelson said with a smile. At 45, Mickelson has embraced his role as a big brother to many younger players on the PGA Tour. Whether it’s playing practice rounds with Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson, or partnering with Keegan Bradley in the Ryder Cup, Mickelson has said he enjoys passing along his knowledge to a new generation. Memorial Tournament: Articles, photos and videos Steele, 33, is the latest player to gain a wealth of information from the five-time major champion. “I’ve learned a ton,” he said. “I mean, he’s helped me a bunch with my chipping … It’s really good to pick his brain about different ways to play courses, different ways to set up your bag, different ways to – you know, he’s got ideas for everything. So you can ask him any kind of question, and he’s always really helpful, which is awesome. So as much as he wants to drum you, he will help you with anything you need help with.” During another round with Mickelson, Steele learned perhaps his most valuable lesson. “I remember this one time when we first started playing together, in 2011,” Steele recently told Golf.com. “He was drumming me – I don’t even remember how bad. He missed a green and was in a bad spot, and I hit a really safe wedge. He recovered and hit it to a foot, and I three-putted. As we walked off the green, he said, ‘You know what your problem is? You think I’m going to give you a hole. Every time I hit a bad shot, you think you can play safe. You need to play like I’m never going to give you a hole, and if I do, it’s a bonus.’ He was right. If you’re trying to win a tournament, you can’t expect guys to give you anything. You need a killer instinct—you have to step on their throats.” Steele will have a chance to do just that this weekend at the Memorial. Rain is expected to roll in for the weekend, and that would allow the best players in the world to go into attack mode. Steele has always been a solid driver, but his putting and mental approach have prevented him from reaching the upper rung on the PGA Tour ladder. He’s currently ranked No. 82 in the world and has only recorded one top-10 finish this season. “The guy is one of the longest, straightest drivers out here on Tour, and he’s really become a solid putter,” Mickelson said of Steele. “So when his iron play is on – and oftentimes it is – when his iron play is on, he will score like he’s scoring this week.” Steele felt he was a little off with short irons, so he called in coach Rick Smith, who is also Mickelson’s former coach, before the Memorial. “I was swinging my long clubs pretty well when I got here, but my short irons for some reason, my divots were going left,” he said. “I was pulling them. I was really steep. And he fixed me in like five seconds.”his With his swing in good shape, Steele’s mental game will be tested over the weekend as he tries to win his second PGA Tour title. “I think he’s realizing how good his potential is,” Mickelson said. “So when he doesn’t play [to] that level of potential, it’s frustrating, you know. But he’s played some very solid golf the last two years, and this is a course that is suited well for him.”
A capped compensation scheme to support people with serious injury claims against collapsed travel giant Thomas Cook is among the measures announced alongside the Queen’s speech today. According to briefing material published this morning, the Thomas Cook Compensation Bill will ‘enable the government to administer a capped compensation scheme to support customers of Thomas Cook facing the most serious hardship as a result of life-changing injuries, illness or loss of life for which UK-based Thomas Cook companies would have been liable.’The bill will provide the legal basis for making payments to claimants under the scheme. Thomas Cook went into liquidation in September, leaving claims against the company in limbo. The business secretary last month pledged to provide support for the most serious claims.