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Perry Hoffman, 75, Dies; Saw Family Support as Key to Psychiatric Care

By Benedict Carey

Dr. Hoffman established a family network to help people with borderline personality disorder, a support system that become a model for other conditions.

Forget the Scarf. These Gifts Change Lives.

By Nicholas Kristof

My 2019 holiday guide has some great causes. And one is already promised $100,000 from a reader.

They Keep Times Square in Order, and a Statue Front and Center

By Nancy Coleman

Several Times Square security officers have been doing double duty as “public art ambassadors” for a Kehinde Wiley monument, which ends its New York visit this weekend.

Meet 5 of Hong Kong’s Newest Politicians

By Austin Ramzy

The pro-democracy camp’s stunning victory in citywide district elections means a younger class of political neophytes will soon take office.

C-Band Alliance proposes to clear 300 MHz of spectrum for 5G deployment

By Julian Clover

The C-Band Alliance (CBA) has updated its proposal made to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), offering to clear 300 MHz of C-Band spectrum, inclusive of a 20-MHz guard band.

The organisation, which counts satellite operators SES and Intelsat among its membership, is proposing to use 100 MHz in 46 top metropolitan areas within 18 months of an FCC order, and 280 MHz throughout the continental US within 36 months from a CBA-led auction.

In an issue similar to that facing European terrestrial networks, holders of C-Band spectrum have to work out how they can continue to serve a base of 120 million homes with capacity less than has previously been enjoyed.

After consulting with broadcasters, the CBA has been exploring technologies including advanced modulation, single format transport and advanced video compression, including High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC).

Speaking on behalf of the C-Band Alliance, Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler said, “We are confident that we can deliver a solution that not only maximizes the clearing of mid-band spectrum to enable 5G in the US, but also fully funds a spectrally-efficient, next-generation compression infrastructure for programming distribution in the US”.

New TB Vaccine Could Save Millions of Lives, Study Suggests

By Donald G. McNeil Jr.

There are 10 million new cases each year of tuberculosis, now the leading infectious cause of death worldwide. Even a partly effective vaccine could help turn the tide.

New TB Vaccine Could Save Millions of Lives, Study Suggests

By Donald G. McNeil Jr.

There are 10 million new cases each year of tuberculosis, now the leading infectious cause of death worldwide. Even a partly effective vaccine could help turn the tide.

Kurt Volker resigns as Ukraine envoy after mention in whistleblower complaint, source says

By Alex Pappas

Kurt Volker, the U.S. envoy for Ukraine, reportedly resigned Friday after his name was mentioned in the intelligence community whistleblower's complaint regarding President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that included discussion about investigating the Biden family.

Trump says he and Netanyahu discussed possible US-Israeli defense treaty

By Robert Gearty

President Trump said he spoke Saturday to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the possibility of a “mutual defense treaty” between the two nations—just days before Israeli voters go to the polls to decide the fate of the embattled leader.

Google Says a Change in Its Algorithm Will Highlight β€˜Original Reporting’

By Marc Tracy

As tech companies try to make amends with publishers, Google changes its search engine to address an old complaint.

Eutelsat withdraws from C-Band Alliance [UPDATE]

By Robert Briel

In a surprise move, Eutelsat has announced its withdrawal from the C-Band Alliance (CBA). The members have been formally notified about the decision today.

Eutelsat wishes to take a direct active part in the discussions on C-band clearing and repurposing, according to a brief statement by the satellite operator.

Asked for a clarification, Eutelsat spokeswoman Marie-Sophie Ecuer told Broadband TV News: “Eutelsat was not aligned with other members and the CBA leadership team on certain matters. In this context, leaving the CBA is the best way to have a direct involvement and to represent the interests of Eutelsat and its stakeholders and in the C-band process. We cannot be more specific.”

In response to the Eutelsat statement, C-Band Alliance members Intelsat, SES and Telecast said they are are fully committed to the market-based approach for clearing C-band spectrum in the US: “The C-Band Alliance notes the statement of Eutelsat issued today to withdraw from the Alliance. The CBA remains committed to delivering its expeditious, market-based proposal and the departure of Eutelsat does not impact the CBA’s ability to do so. The remaining members of the CBA, which represent approximately 95% of the affected revenues of the US C-band market, are aligned and committed to the process of engaging with the FCC on the proposal of rapidly clearing C-band spectrum to support the deployment of 5G services in the US.”

The CBA is an organisation tasked with the clearing and repurposing of C-band spectrum to make a portion of this band available for 5G services in the United States. It was founded last October by satellite operators Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat and Telecast.

Eutelsat is one of four satellite operators that could gain a windfall from the sale of some C-band spectrum in the United States. The Paris-based company is, however, a small player in the US C-band market with about 5% of the affected revenue.

During a July 31, 2019 earnings call, Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer said the C-Band Alliance has not reached an agreement on a voluntary contribution to the US Treasury if the FCC chooses its spectrum plan. Belmer said the C-Band Alliance also lacks internal consensus on the details of a voluntary contribution to the US Treasury from a spectrum sale.

“There is no real agreement and alignment on that question within the CBA, contrary to what has been said in some instances recently,” Belmer said.

(Story updated twice, first with further comments by Eutelsat, the second time with a statement by the CBA.)

Rostelcom expands eastwards

By Chris Dziadul

Rostelecom has acquired a 100% stake in three companies through its subsidiary Bashinformsyaz to secure full control over the Alliance Telecom Group.

Alliance Telecom has been providing internet and TV services in the Primosrky region of Russia since 2007, servicing individual clients and businesses in the cities of Vladivostok, Ussurlysk, Nakhoda and Artyom.

The residential segment accounts for 80% of Alliance Telecom’s revenues and the company is the market leader in Vladivostok and one of the leading providers in the Primorsky region, with a subscriber base of 110,000.

It also provides more than 6,000 B2B clientswith mostly its mon-broadband service.

In 2018, the company’s turnover amounted to over R900 million (€12.34 million).

Rostelecom notes that the deal is line with its strategic priority to develop its digital ecosystem and client services offering.

Commenting on the acquisition, Anna Shumeyko, senior VP of chief of staff of the presidential office of Rostelecom, said: “The acquisition will strengthen Rostelecom’s position in the broadband internet market in the Primorsky region. We are seeing a lot of opportunities to realise the synergy effects from operational cost optimisation as well as from upselling the Alliance Telecom subscriber base with an expanded set of services, currently available to Rostelecom’s clients.”

Stephan Heimbecher joins Imagine Communications from Sky Deutschland

By JΓΆrn Krieger

US technology company Imagine Communications has appointed Stephan Heimbecher as its new international director of consulting services.

The broadcast industry veteran joins Imagine Communications from Sky Deutschland, where he spent the last 16 years at the helm of innovation and standards for the German pay-TV operator.

In his new role at Imagine Communications, Heimbecher will lead a team of industry experts focused on collaborating with customers to solve challenges that currently face the broadcast and media industries.

Imagine’s innovation efforts focus on areas such as IP production and playout, hybrid and IP facility implementation, cloud and virtualised deployment for playout and distribution, and multiplatform delivery and operations across traditional and OTT platforms.

Heimbecher brings with him over 25 years of experience in the broadcast industry, a journey that started when he joined the ranks of German broadcast technology institute IRT as a research associate before moving into consulting around the topics of digital and interactive TV.

Heimbecher has been involved in the development of standards as a long-time member of the DVB Steering Board through SMPTE and more recently the ITU and IEC, as well as other standards bodies and industry associations including the UHD Alliance and the Ultra HD Forum. At German industry association Deutsche TV-Plattform, he has been a board member and working group chairman, Ultra HD & VR, for many years.

“We are delighted to welcome Stephan to the Imagine Communications team, and we look forward to seeing him lead our new consulting initiatives in APAC and EMEA and reinforcing the IP experience we have already gained through the deployment of a significant number of projects around the world,” said Mathias Eckert, SVP & GM, EMEA/APAC, Playout & Networking Solutions, at Imagine Communications.

“As one of the broadcast industry’s IP transformation market leaders, Imagine Communications, under the guidance and creativity of Stephan, looks forward to offering even more services to help guide and educate our APAC and EMEA customers as they move along on their journey to IP, wherever they are in their transition process,” Eckert added.