Niantic files lawsuit against “hacker” group

first_imgNiantic files lawsuit against “hacker” groupGlobal ++ has allegedly created derivative apps based on Ingress, Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards UniteMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 17th June 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNianticNiantic Inc is taking legal action against an “association of hackers” that has created unauthorised apps based on Ingress and Pokémon Go.Global ++, the group that Niantic’s lawsuit described as hackers, is accused of creating the apps PokeGo++ and Ingress++ — “unauthorised derivative versions” of Niantic’s products.”Among other things, defendants’ schemes undermine the integrity of the gaming experience for legitimate players, diminishing enthusiasm for Niantic’s games and, in some cases, driving players away from Niantic’s games altogether,” Niantic’s legal representatives said in a document acquired by Business Insider.”Defendants’ schemes therefore damage Niantic’s reputation and goodwill and interfere with Niantic’s business.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The two defendants named in the document are Ryan “ElliotRobot” Hunt and Alen “iOS n00b” Hundur, though the lawsuit mentions 20 other unidentified people involved with Global++.Niantic is seeking a preliminary injunction to halt distribution of the apps, including Potter++, a new product based on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. That highly anticipated game is already available in Australia and New Zealand, and is expected to start rolling out globally soon.”Niantic files this motion on the eve of the United States launch of Harry Potter, the culmination of a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment by Niantic, the success of which is threatened by defendants’ unlawful conduct,” the lawsuit said.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNiantic launches Black Developers Initiative, offers funding and mentorshipPokémon Go developer continues efforts to support underrepresented Black developers in creating new AR gamesBy James Batchelor 3 months agoNiantic acquires community gaming platform MayhemSan Francisco gaming start-up to bring more social gaming experience to Pokemon Go makerBy Rebekah Valentine 4 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of October 21

first_imgDisney Cruise Line: In The NewsCastaway CayThis week we have a few important itinerary changes to report, provided by Scott Sanders of the Disney Cruise Line Blog. The Caribbean islands of St. John and Tortola are still rebuilding from damage sustained by Hurricane Irma, which is delaying cruise activities returning to the island nations. Currently, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic are the only ships affected by these changes. If there are further changes, we will update you here with that information.Disney Magic – November 26th sailing from New York, New York will now visit Antigua in place of the scheduled stop at Tortola; via Disney Cruise Line BlogDisney Magic – December 1st sailing from San Juan may utilize scheduled Tortola stop as a Sea Day if the island is not ready for tourists; via Disney Cruise Line BlogDisney Fantasy – December 16th sailing is changed to a Western Caribbean Cruise visiting Cozumel and Grand Cayman in place of St. Thomas and Tortola; via Disney Cruise Line Blog Share This!Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of October 21st! I’m Brandon Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We’re back this week with a look at some of the exciting events coming to the high seas in the next few weeks.Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)Sint MaartenDisney Magic 21 October – New York (77/57, 0%)22 October – At Sea23 October – At Sea24 October – Charlottetown (66/59, 10%)25 October – Sydney, Nova Scotia (68/57, 20%)26 October – Halifax, Nova Scotia (65/60, 60%)27 October – At SeaDisney Wonder21 October – At Sea22 October – San Diego (80/60, 0%)23 October – At Sea24 October – Cabo San Lucas (89/76, 0%)25 October – At Sea26 October – Ensenada (85/63, 0%)27 October – San Diego (75/62, 0%)Sint MaartenDisney Dream21 October – Nassau (87/79, 80%)22 October – Castaway Cay (86/78, 20%)23 October – Port Canaveral (85/75, 20%)24 October – Nassau (87/78, 20%)25 October – Castaway Cay (85/74, 80%)26 October – At Sea27 October – Port Canaveral (77/69, 0%)Disney Fantasy21 October – Port Canaveral (83/76, 20%)22 October – At Sea23 October – Cozumel (86/76, 80%)24 October – Grand Cayman (86/81, 40%)25 October – Falmouth (89/77, 50%)26 October – At Sea27 October – Castaway Cay (83/76, 20%) Disney FantasyCondé Nast Traveler readers have voted for the 30th annual Readers Choice Awards, which netted Disney Cruise Line top honors in a couple categories. The Disney Cruise Line received the highest reader score for Large Cruise Ship Lines (Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy), as well as placing top six in the Medium Cruise Ship Lines category (Disney Magic and Disney Wonder). Over 300,000 readers participated in the voting, which spanned categories including destinations, lodging, transportation, and much more. Disney Cruise Line ranks remarkably high in most ratings circles, so it comes as no surprise that they would continue to receive top honors once again. Story via Disney Cruise Line Blog.The Disney Parks Blog has released the next installment of its “Beyond the Curtain” series, focusing on the rehearsal aspect of their Broadway-style productions. This piece specifically mentions Beauty and the Beast, which is set to debut in November exclusively on the Disney Dream.Disney Cruise Line is holding a Family Memories at Sea contest where you can enter to win a 3-night Bahamian Disney Cruise Line vacation for up to 4 people! All you have to do is follow the link and upload a photo or video of a special experience or adventure you had on a Disney Cruise. Best of luck to anyone who enters!Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:MoanaBeauty and the BeastBorn in ChinaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCars 3Spider-Man: HomecomingFor future reference, films debut on the Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Disney on Broadway: Stars Set Sail will conclude its performance series aboard the Disney Wonder on October 27th, as Jenn Gambatese of Tarzan: The Musical fame takes the Walt Disney Theatre stage.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationIn the past, we’ve mentioned our fondness for the cocktail tasting courses aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships. Now, we have learned of a new offering currently in testing aboard the Disney Magic. The Disney Cruise Line Blog is featuring a guest review of the experience, which pairs a traditional cocktail tasting with a painting course. Cocktails and Canvas – Beauty and the Beast is a two-hour painting class featuring three of Disney Cruise Lines’ signature cocktails. At the time of testing, the course cost $45 and required pre-booking. With the theme being Beauty and the Beast, attendees painted the iconic enchanted rose encased in its glass protector. Beauty and the Beast has been a major success for Disney as of late, with the Broadway style musical set to debut on the Disney Dream next month. It remains to be seen whether this test will lead to further implementation on the other Disney Cruise Line ships as a permanent addition, but with the popularity of cocktail tastings and painting classes in American culture, I feel this would be well received as a permanent offering.Did you know there are ten categories of staterooms on the Disney Cruise ships? On the TouringPlans blog, Tammy Whiting recently covered the Best Staterooms in Each Category. This is a helpful resource so you can find the best room for your needs.Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time deciding which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!That concludes this week’s preview of the Disney Cruise Line. Join us next Friday as we take a look at what happens in the world of Disney Cruise Line over the next week. In the meantime, check out the latest edition of The Saturday Six from author, illustrator, and masked luchador Derek Burgan. Special thanks to Derek Burgan, Julia of Best Week Ever fame, Rikki Niblett, and Scott Sanders of the DCL Blog for their assistance on this article. You can follow Scott on Twitter @TheDCLBlog for daily updates on the cruise line. Tune in to the Be Our Guest WDW Podcast to hear Rikki discuss topics covering all things Walt Disney World.last_img read more

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Quote From A Disney Dad – Mr. Potato Head

first_imgShare This!Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16. (You remembered to get Dad a gift, right?) All this week we’re featuring advice, observations, and words of wisdom from some of our favorite Disney Dads. Up today is Mr. Potato Head. While Mr. P may not have biological tots, he and the Mrs. serve as surrogate parents for the Little Green Men aliens from the Claw machine. They call him Daddy at the end of Toy Story 3, so Daddy he is. Families come in many forms, mashed, baked, gratin, French fried, and plastic.“I’m a married spud, I’m a married spud…” – Mr. Potato HeadWho are your favorite Disney dads? Have you learned any fatherly wisdom from a Disney dad? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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R10bn jobs-saving initiative

first_img“In line with the principles outlined above, we are convinced of the need for a bold intervention in the form of a broad stimulus package, as signalled in the recent budget that has economic and social components,” the report states. Development finance Stimulus packages The initiative’s goals are to minimise job losses, ensure that all activities strengthen the capacity of the economy, and sustain are high levels of investment in public sector infrastructure. The South African government is to spend R10-billion over the next three years on the National Jobs Initiative, which will bring together a range of new and revamped programmes as part of an initiative to save jobs during the global economic crisis. According to the report, attention would be given to those sectors which were already showing signs of early job losses, including the clothing, textiles and footwear, mining, and the automotive and capital equipment sectors. Details of the initiative were released in a report, “Framework for South Africa’s response to the international economic crisis”, drawn up by a task team comprising members of government, business and organised labour, which met in Cape Town on Thursday. With the help of organised business and labour, the government is to develop proposals within the next four weeks to provide a rescue package to other affected industries, including the electrical and electronics sector, engineering and the building materials industry.center_img The report mentions that development finance institutions would need to play a significant role alongside the government in order to save jobs and keep the South African economy buoyant, and the joint committee has tasked these institutions with providing their rescue package proposals to the task team within four weeks. Following the meeting of the committee, a number of task teams have been established to monitor progress on the proposals put forward. They include task teams for leadership, investment and financing, social interventions, employment, and distressed sectors. 20 February 2009 The parties also agreed to develop action plans to ensure timely implementation of a number of planned initiatives, including intensifying the expanded public works programme. “Such [stimulus] packages will include reciprocal commitments by companies of what they will contribute to turnaround strategies,” the report states. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Midmar Mile ‘sets the bar’: FINA expert

first_img14 February 2011 Age group races: men Steve Munatones summed up the allure of the Midmar Mile brilliantly when he asked what a marathon runner says after completing a race. The answer will be: “I did it in” and the runner then says what time he/she did it in. For a Midmar Mile swimmer, the answer is “I did it!”. The 2011 aQuelle Midmar Mile, which took place at the Midmar Dam near Howick in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on the weekend, also benefitted from the attendance of former South African Olympic swimmer, Charlene Wittstock, who will become the Princess of Monaco in mid-year when she marries Prince Albert. Afterwards, Wittstock and Van Almsick indicated that they would like to return to the race, with Wittstock saying that maybe next time Prince Albert would also be in tow! He was also very impressed with the gender breakdown of the event, which was 53% male to 47% female. This bucks the worldwide trend of two to one in favour of males. Munatones predicts (in fact, he first predicted it some years ago) that the narrowing of the gap will continue around the world until more women take part in the sport than men. Corinne Evans, at the age of 74, was the oldest female finisher. Gail Bristow, meanwhile, completed her 37th Midmar Mile. The only race she has missed out on was in its first year, when female swimmers were not allowed. Herman, with a lovely flowing stroke, took the early lead, with Britain’s David Davies, the fastest 1 500 metres swimmer in the field, and Alfie Howes pushing him. Unlike the women’s race, the field remained tight through the first 400 metres. By 800 metres Ho had surged to the front. Across the way, British national coach Sean Kelly was waving his hands, urging his swimmers to pick up the pace as the South African star powered towards the finish. Slovernia’s Rok Kerin, who was ranked eighth in the 2010 Fina Open Water Grand Prix, placed seventh and was asked for his thoughts on the Midmar Mile after his first visit to the event. He described it as the “greatest” he has ever attended. Lewis Pugh, the man known as “the Human Polar Bear” and a renowned campaigner for the environment, swam to raise money for Doctor Ian Player’s Wilderness Leadership School, and later spoke passionately about the need to look after the country’s rivers and water supply. He noted that the water in the Midmar Dam was, at 25 degrees Celcius, considerably warmer than when he swam in minus-1.7 degrees at the North Pole! Ho, the defending champion, was swimming incredibly strongly, a fact remarked upon by 18-time European champion Franziska van Almsick, who exclaimed: “Look, he’s not even kicking. Imagine if he was kicking!” Maintaining a fantastic stroke rate, she pulled clear at a remarkable pace and by the first hot spot at 400 metres her lead was 50 metres. By 800 metres, she was 75 metres ahead. Wittstock had invited former 10-time Olympic medallist Franziska van Almsick to accompany her, and the German beauty was followed by a German camera crew. Strangely, though, for the first time in a number of years there were no Germans in contention for line honours in the open events on Sunday. Herman, who was second in the 1 500 metres at last year’s Commonwealth Games, claimed the first hotspot at 400 metres, just ahead of Chad Ho, who had pulled up onto his feet. The fourth-oldest man to complete the Midmar Mile was 78-year-old Mike Arbuthnot, one of the founders of the race, and the only man to have officially swum it every year since its inception in 1974. He swam a total of four miles over the course of the weekend, leaving him with 74 miles in total, as he has previously also swum as a member of the Eight Mile Club. “Buthy”, as he is known, aims to have swum 80 miles by the time he turns 80. Age group races: women Saturday’s racing also included the Company Relay, the Non-Company Relay and the Family Relay. The men’s open race proved to be one of not only swimming ability, but also of tactics as the British swimmers adopted a line to the right of the course, while South Africa’s Heerden Herman and Chad Ho chose a line more to the left hand side. He clearly enjoyed his swim, using freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke, and even stopping for a short interview along the way. Despite his laid-back approach, Neethling crossed the line in a strong 20 minutes and 38 seconds to finish 21 seconds ahead of the under-13 winner, Matthew Meyer, who was also the second swimmer over the line. Two events later, the brothers combined to win the Family Relay, with Gareth finishing second behind Ruan du Plessis, Shaun in third, and Paul in 15th. Steve Munatones, a FINA technical committee member for open water swimming, is also one of 28 people with voting rights for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. After visiting South Africa’s aQuelle Midmar Mile on the weekend, he told SAinfo: “It sets the worldwide bar in every category.” Achmet Hassiem, who is missing a lower leg, led the physically disabled swimmers in a time of 22:24, while Hendrik Nortje was the leading visually impaired swimmer. Joshua Grog claimed the Courage Trophy. Munatones, a former world 25-kilometre open water champion and coach of the USA’s national team at numerous open water World Championships, named a number of areas in which the world can learn from the Midmar Mile, including safety, hospitality, organisation, the inclusion of disabled athletes (he is involved with the Special Olympics), signage, awards, and the scale of the event. The Internationals produced the leading two swimmers, with Slovenian national champion Rok Kerin taking victory in 19:41, followed by rising South African star Abdul Malick Railoun. She put in one of the most dominating and outstanding swims in the 38-year history of the race to completely destroy the challenges of her nearest rivals. Cassie Patten, like Payne, a medallist at the Beijing Olympics, hit the water first, but the Johannesburg-born Payne soon hit the front and took charge of the race. Chad Ho the men’s open champion Looking back on his win, Ho said that after the first 400 metres: “I put my head down, caught up to Herman, just went for it and headed for home.” Wittstock raised the profile of the event with her presence and raised almost R600 000 for Special Olympics South Africa at the same time. On the Thursday preceding the weekend’s racing, she handed over a cheque to Special Olympics SA at a dinner to welcome her and other dignitaries.center_img Company, non-company, family relays In the men’s race, the 31-and-over group stood up well to their younger opposition, which was not surprising as the dominating winner was former three-times Midmar Mile champion Ryk Neethling, the only man in history to contest the final of the 100 and 1 500 metres freestyle at the Olympic Games. The ladies’ 13-to-30 race featured the British national open water swimming team, including 2009 10-kilometre open water world champion Keri-Anne Payne, who had previously won the Midmar Mile five times, as well as winning the 13-and-under title. Meyer had the crowd in stitches, describing how he had chased Neethling and would be back to beat him next year. He described the Olympic gold medal winner as his role model and wore a massive grin as Neethling joined him to shake hands. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Behind Payne, her fellow Britons Patten and Charlotte Wooliscraft were battling South Africa’s Michelle Weber, the winner of the 31-and-under title last year, and Rene Warnes for the minor podium places. Another British swimmer, Abbie Henderson, swimming the Midmar Mile for the first time, also moved up into contention. To hearty roars from the crowd, Ho emerged from the water first and sprinted across the line to take victory in 18 minutes and 27 seconds. Britain’s Davies was second, 11 seconds later, with Howes in third in 18 minutes and 47 seconds, four seconds clear of Herman. Future Princess of Monaco in attendance Wittstock, Van Almsick, Olympic gold medallist Roland Schoeman, and Olympic silver medallist Terence Parkin all swam in race one on Saturday, which includes swimmers with disabilities and Ironman and Ironwoman competitors, as part of their fund-raising efforts. Gregg Price was the third man across the line and the winner of the 41-to-50 age group in 21:11. Mike Semple, a member of the Eight Mile Club, topped the 51-to-60 category in 21:48, while Charles Flesker led the 61-and-over men in 26 minutes and four seconds. Tiger Bulafkin, aged 81, was the oldest male finisher. The Non-Company relay was won by a Varsity College team that included 2009 Midmar Mile open champion Riaan Schoeman, Kathyrn Meaklim and Rohan Jacobs, who finished just ahead of the International All Stars. Payne raced on, claiming the third and final hotspot at 1 200 metres, and went on to cross the line to massive applause from the big crowd in 18 minutes and 51 seconds, a huge 38 seconds clear of Patten, who took second. Wooliscraft was third, a further six seconds off the pace. Weber was the leading South African, finishing fourth in 19 minutes and 34 seconds. By winning the open title for a sixth time, Payne equalled the record for the most victories by a women, which was previously held by Natasha Figge. Interviewed on the slipway afterwards by South Africa’s former Olympic breaststroke champion Penny Heyns, Payne said of her victory: “It means so much to me. I was born in South Africa, lived in Joburg. We’d always come and do Midmar every year when I was a kid. Loved it.” Dias and Sons Tool and Die, featuring 2008 Midmar Mile open category winner Shaun with his brothers Gareth and Paul, claimed victory in the Company Relay. Third place went to Kerry Hunter, who last year won a car in Halfway Toyota’s annual car giveaway at the Midmar Mile. Swimmers with disabilities For the 14th time in 14 attempts, Craig Groenewald, competing in the mentally-impaired category, won the first race going away in a time of 21 minutes and six seconds. Rachelle Isakov won the women’s 31-to-40 age group, Barbara Bowley was even faster and the winner among women 41-to-50, while Rita Townsend captured the title in the 51-to-60 age group, and Bev Shuttleworth led the women 61-and-over home. The prizes for swimmers with disabilities were presented by the future Princess of Monaco, who showed a heartfelt affection for them. Defending men’s open champion Chad Ho, who won the overall Fina 10-kilometre World Cup men’s open water title last year, used the race to get a feel for the water, but didn’t push himself at all, clocking a time of 23 minutes and 30 seconds. Sunday’s more competitive racing began with the girls’ 13-and-under and women’s 31-and-over event. As is usually the case, the younger swimmers trumped the older competitors, with Marlise Ross winning in 20 minutes and 49 seconds, 17 seconds clear of Sasha-Lee Nordengen. Also in the event was Chad Gifford, a winner of the Courage Trophy the previous two years. Gifford, who has no lower limbs, was swimming as a member of the Eight-Mile Club, which raises funds for charity by the members of the club swimming all eight miles. Incredibly, he achieved the feat. World champion Keri-Anne Payne At 1 200 metres it appeared that the gap Ho enjoyed over his nearest chasers had narrowed, but he possesses rare staying power and once again upped his stroke to move clear. The astuteness of Ho’s choice of line became clear as the course narrowed towards the finish and he enjoyed a clear lead. With the times of the top three finishers of each company counting, they ended in second, fourth, and seventh place overall to secure a convincing victory by about eight-and-a-half minutes over Waterbrats. Chris McGlynn crossed the finishing line first in 20 minutes and 47 seconds, three seconds ahead of Shaun Dias.last_img read more

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Fortune Cookie Security Advice – February 2009

first_imgA worthless metric is one which fails to drive decisions, even when the metric result radically changes.The world of information security is full of metrics.  Sadly, many are worthless.  A valuable metric is one which drives decisions.  Unfortunately, our industry also persists in publishing metrics which may nicely fill graphs and catch attention with flash, but in the end are meaningless.  The true test: can it facilitate change.One of my favorite metrics to pick on is a graphic which shows the percentage of internet attacks by country.  Provided every year, this metric presentation is visually stunning, usually consisting of a background of the globe with offending countries in vibrant colors.  It is clear, attention grabbing, and even interesting in a sublime way.  Media outlets love the eye candy.  But at the end of the day, the data is meaningless.  It does not really matter where attacks initiate from.  Organizations will not change their course of security if the numbers shifted drastically over time.  The proximity and country of origin simply does not matter.  The number and types of attacks are far more relevant, but not the division of origin based upon international borders.Whenever we are presented with metrics, we must think critically to understand their value.  Don’t get caught up in beautiful graphics or catchy titles.  Challenge everything.  Would you do something differently in your approach to securing your environment if the data changed radically?  If not, then move along, nothing here to see.Fortune Cookie Security Advice – January 2009Fortune Cookie Security Advice – December 2008Fortune Cookie Security Advice – November 2008Fortune Cookie Security Advice – September 2008Fortune Cookie Security Advice – August 2008Fortune Cookie Security Advice – June 2008Fortune Cookie Security Advice – May 2008 Everyone wants information security to be easy.  Wouldn’t it be nice if it were simple enough to fit snugly inside a fortune cookie?  Well, although I don’t try to promote such foolish nonsense, I do on occasion pass on readily digestible nuggets to reinforce security principles and get people thinking how security applies to their environment.Common SenseI think the key to fortune cookie advice is ‘common sense’ in the context of security.  It must be simple, succinct, and make sense to everyone, while conveying important security aspects.Fortune Cookie advice for February:last_img read more

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Jio Fiber launch on Sep 5 unlimited free calls from landlines hispeed

first_imgMumbai: Billionaire Mukesh Ambani on Monday announced the roll-out of ‘Jio Fiber’ from September 5, promising free voice calls for life from landlines, 100 mbps minimum broadband speed at subscription starting from Rs 700 a month and free HD TV set on a commitment to an annual plan. Speaking at the 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), Reliance Industries’ Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said Jio will also offer unlimited international calling pack from its landlines to the US and Canada at Rs 500 a month, and that default tariff plans will be one-fifth to one-tenth of existing market tariffs. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “…voice calls from home to any Indian operator – mobile or fixed – will be absolutely free forever. On fixed-line international voice calling, we are today ending the era of high international calling rates on landline by announcing the lowest fixed line rates for international calling…,” he said. Jio Fiber services would be available on a commercial basis from September 5. “…the average fixed-line download speed in the US which is the most developed economy is around 90 Mbps. In India even the most basic Jio Fiber plan starts with 100 Mbps speed and we have plans all the way up to 1 Gbps or 1000 Mbps,” he said adding that this would improve the quality of fixed-line data in India. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Declaring that the plans will come at less than one-tenth of global rates, Ambani said Jio Fiber plans will be priced between Rs 700 to Rs 10,000 per month “to suit every budget”. The plans, will come bundled with subscriptions to most leading premium Over The Top (OTT) applications. “Also, for the first time in India, we are introducing a disruptive concept for watching new movies. Premium Jio Fiber customers will be able to watch movies in their living rooms the same day these movies are released in theatres,” he said. This service – Jio First Day First Show – will be launched in mid-2020. Over the last two years, the RIL AGMs have been a platform to showcase new and upcoming initiatives of the Group. Last year, speaking at the company’s 41st AGM, Ambani had said the Jio Giga Fiber Service will provide ultra-high definition entertainment on TV, voice activated assistance, virtual reality gaming and digital shopping as well as smart home solutions. It was widely-expected that he would spell out the details of the commercial roll-out of Jio Giga Fiber at Monday’s AGM. Jio has been scaling up Jio Giga Fibre infrastructure in various cities over the last few months, and half a million homes have already been given access to it on a trial basis. Ambani said that since its announcement last year, Jio received over 15 million registrations from nearly 1,600 towns. “And based on these registrations, we have drawn up a plan to reach 20 million residences and 15 million business establishments in these 1,600 towns,” Ambani said. The company will also offer special mobility service for Jio Fiber users to deliver a platinum-grade service and product experience. Jio Postpaid Plus will offer priority SIM-setup service at home. It would also provide data and voice connectivity across all devices, both at home and outside, along with family plans and international roaming at a fraction of a cost. “The experience of Jio Fiber and Jio Set Top Box really comes to life when combined with an LED TV. So, Jio Fiber customers who opt for our annual plans which we call Jio Forever plans, will get an HD or 4K LED TV and a 4K set top box absolutely free,” he said. Ambani said that Jio which has amassed over 340 million mobile subscribers in less than three years, is now ready to fire four new growth engines including Internet of Things (IoT) for the entire country, home and enterprise broadband services as well as broadband for SMEs. Revenue from each of these engines will flow in from this fiscal itself. The investment cycle of Reliance Jio is complete, and about Rs 3.5 lakh crore has been invested in its digital network, he said. Ambani said that India was “data dark” before the entry of Jio, and its launch has made India “data-shining bright”. “The potential for growth is immense and half a billion customers, is now I believe well within our reach,” he said. The investment cycle of Jio is now complete, and only marginal investments would be needed in areas to grow capacity, he said adding that this gives the company strong operational leverage and superior return on investments for years to come. Jio’s IoT platform will be commercially available starting January 1, 2020. “Jio aims to connect at least 1 billion of these (connected devices) on Jio’s IoT platform. This translates into a Rs 20,000 crore per year revenue opportunity for Jio,” he said. The company said it has received strong interest from strategic and financial investors for its consumer businesses — Jio and Reliance Retail. “We will induct leading global partners in these businesses in the next few quarters, and move towards listing of both these companies within the next five years,” he pointed out.last_img read more

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