August 26 2009 This report continues from 8

first_imgAugust 26, 2009 This report continues from 8/24. Here we see the pour of the heat duct tunnel wall in full swing. The construction crew laid a bridge on the scaffolding to facilitate the workers and equipment during the course of the pouring process. Many people came from different departments to help with the pour. [photo & text: Anna Tran] The mixed concrete was placed into wheelbarrows and buckets and shuttled down to the scaffolding to be poured into the formwork. Here we see the entire work in process. [photo & text: Anna Tran] The crew disassembled the wall forms after the concrete cured. The next section of the wall will be under way with erection of the formwork and we will continue to report on this next week. [photo & text: Anna Tran]last_img read more

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Slovak Telekom has signed a multiyear deal with s

first_imgSlovak Telekom has signed a multi-year deal with satellite services firm Intelsat to expand its direct-to-home (DTH) services in central and eastern Europe. Through the deal, Slovak Telekom will operate multiple transponders at the Intelsat 1˚ West premier video neighbourhood – which reaches 17 million households across 17 northern, central and eastern European countries.Intelsat’s terrestrial network, IntelsatOne, will provide uplink from Intelsat’s Fuchsstadt, Germany, Teleport with fibre contribution from Bratislava and a provision for disaster recovery uplink services.“Intelsat’s global scale and portfolio of services enabled them to rapidly respond and meet our needs for a cost-efficient solution that will deepen and expand our relationships with new and existing subscribers,” said Dušan Švalek, Slovak Telekom’s chief mass market segment officer.Intelsat’s vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Jean-Philippe Gillet, added: “Slovak Telekom’s decision to move their services to Intelsat further demonstrates that 1˚ West is the orbital location of choice for the CEE region. We look forward to providing them with the capacity and solutions they need to increase their subscriber base within the region.”last_img read more

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The number of unique viewers for eSports events an

first_imgThe number of unique viewers for eSports events and games-related content will reach 858 million by 2022, equal to roughly a tenth of the world’s population, according to Juniper Research.The research firm estimates that viewers of competitive eSports tournaments and ‘let’s play’ content – such as tutorials and talk-throughs of games content – will climb from 630 million viewers in 2018.Juniper’s ‘eSports, Let’s Play & Watch Play’ report claims that growth in viewership will be driven by the popularity of Battle Royale titles, where dozens of players face-off in ‘last-man standing’ competitions.It also said that games titles like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite are attracting new audiences and opening up a “more diverse demographic” to eSports.Epic Games announced in March that it will provide US$100 million to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions in 2018-2019 – the game’s first year of competitive play.Juniper predicts that this prize pot will lead to substantial growth in ‘let’s play’ viewership of the game, expecting this to exceed 12 billion hours on YouTube alone.It also claims that prize pools will result in the greater integration of ‘loot boxes’ – purchasable in-game items – and content giveaways as a monetisation strategy for eSports tournaments.“Loot boxes play upon gamers’ desire to have the most prestigious and sought-after items, whether these be weapons or cosmetic goods,” said Juniper analyst and report author, Lauren Foye.“By offering these as time-limited content during popular events, tournament hosts will be able to drive substantial funding and interest from players.”last_img read more

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