African phone pioneer sidesteps Samsung, Nokia and Huawei

first_img African mobile device pioneer Mi-Fone opens up on strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 NOV 2014 Tags Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE 360 AFRICA: Mi-Fone, billed as being Africa’s first devices brand, has survived – and thrived – by being more prepared to customise its brand than larger rivals says Alpesh Patel, the man behind the brand.“We are not in a position to keep up with the likes of Samsung, Nokia and Huawei so we have been very innovative. We don’t have any ego. The way we got into some of the carriers was by customisation. We enabled them to promote their own brands,” Patel (pictured) told attendees.Patel is group CEO, Mi-Group International, the company behind Mi-Fone, which was set up in 2008. He has a 20 year background in the handset business.“We set up in the middle of a recession. We are not founded by private equity or venture capital. It’s been a really tough journey and six years later we are surviving against all the odds. We are trading into 12 countries and established as the first African devices brand.”Like many outsiders trying to break into the handsets business, Patel found the best way was to be more flexible than bigger rivals.“We knew Motorola needed a 100,000 order before they would put anyone’s name on their phone. We used that to our advantage,” he explained about one deal Mi-Fone struck.Another example was the Obama phone, released on the day Barack Obama became US President. “We figured if you could put his face on a cup or T-shirt, you could put it on a phone.” The company sold 8,000 phones in five days in western Kenya.But being a pioneer is not easy. “The biggest challenge is the mindset of the African consumer today. I think they respect international brands more than homegrown ones. Also, I have lots of challenges with operators because they are big guys and only want to buy from other big guys”. Author Devices Previous ArticleOfcom preparing ground for new UK 4G auctionNext ArticleEtisalat, CellC feel the strain of data privacy Related Richard Handford Xiaomi hit by more growing pains Home African phone pioneer sidesteps Samsung, Nokia and Huawei Mi-FoneMi-Group Internationallast_img read more

Langer wins fourth Champions title of season in playoff

first_imgSNOQUALMIE, Wash. – By the time Bernhard Langer made the turn in the final round of the Boeing Classic, he was five shots out if the lead. At one point Sunday he was tied for 14th after not finishing lower than 13th in any tournament this year. A few hours later, Langer had outlasted Kevin Sutherland and Woody Austin in a playoff and was celebrating his fourth PGA Tour Champions victory this season and 29th overall on the 50-and-over tour. ”I blew tournaments when I had a lead and I’ve come from seven behind, so you just never know,” Langer said. Langer made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Austin and Sutherland to win the Boeing Classic for the second time. A day after his 59th birthday, Langer birdied the par-5 18th in regulation for a 5-under 67 to match Austin and Sutherland at 13-under 203 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Austin also had a 67, and Sutherland shot 64, the low round of the week. It took a special stretch for Langer to recover from a shaky front nine where he needed a few lengthy par putts to stay on the edge of contention. Langer went out in 1-over 37, but played the back nine in 6-under 30, also making birdies on Nos. 10-13 and 15. ”When he gets hot with that broom,” Austin said in reference to Langer’s putter, ”you can’t beat that broom.” Langer tied Lee Trevino for second on the career victory, still well behind leader Hale Irwin at 45. Langer also won the Boeing Classic in 2010. Langer took advantage of Austin and Sutherland both finding bunkers on the 18th in the playoff. Sutherland ended up in a bunker off the tee, while Austin’s second to the par 5 found a greenside bunker. Langer’s second shot landed 10 yards short of the green and he nearly chipped in for eagle before making the birdie putt to win. ”You need to be precise and have the nerve and play the golf course the way it needs to be played,” Langer said. ”There’s still a little bit of life left in me.” Gene Sauers, the second-round leader and U.S. Senior Open winner two weeks ago, shot a 72 to finish a shot out of the playoff. Sauers started his day with two straight birdies to reach 14 under. But he struggled on the back nine, bogeying three of the first five holes and allowed the chase group to catch up. Sauers was still in contention until making bogey at the 17th after his tee shot came up short. Sauers made birdie at the 18th to finish alone in fourth. While Langer rolled through the back nine, Austin was hot on the front nine going out in 32. His first mistake of the round came at the 15th when he went for the green in two on the par 5 unaware he was in a tie for the lead because electronic scoreboards on the back nine were not working. Austin found a bunker and ended up making bogey. ”I would have laid up to the right for sure, absolutely, no question,” said Austin, who birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to get into the playoff. Sutherland started the day seven shots behind Sauers and made eight birdies with no bogeys in his round. Sutherland was attempting to win his first stroke-play tournament on either the regular or senior tour.last_img read more

Simon Allan joins Sonne

first_imgPaul says: “I’m delighted to welcome Simon to the team. I’ve worked with him before and I know him to be an outstanding technician with a real understanding of the paint world.“Not only does Simon bring his experience of the domestic bodyshop environment and European paint manufacturers, he is committed to ensuring our partners and customers receive the highest level of support from a technical and product perspective.” Simon Allan has joined Sonne, Hella’s paint division, as a Senior Technical Manager, alongside Head of Division, Paul Tredgold.Simon is now Sonne’s Senior Technical Managerlast_img read more

Jim Poplinger enters race for Fairway mayor, setting up contest against fellow councilmember Melanie Hepperly

first_imgAt least two longtime Fairway city councilmembers will be squaring off to replace Mayor Jerry Wiley this November.Ward 1 councilmember Jim Poplinger this week filed as a candidate in the city’s mayoral election. His Ward 1 counterpart Melanie Hepperly was the first to file in the race back in March.Poplinger has served on the council since 2007, and was elected to a third term in office in 2015. He currently serves as chair of the Administration Committee, as well as in roles on the Finance and Police Committees.Professionally, Poplinger is the president of Avlex Corporation, which he founded in 1999 after having previously served as legal counsel at Western Auto Supply Company. Avlex is a supplier of professional audio products. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and political science from the University of Kansas and a law degree from the University of Tulsa.He and his wife Nancy have lived in the city for more than 40 years, and have three children and two grandchildren. He’s active with Boy Scout Troop 192 out of Old Mission United Methodist Church, and is a member of Village Presbyterian Church.Poplinger has not returned a call seeking comment on his motivations for entering the race. We’ll update this post when we get in touch with him.last_img read more

Cargolux promotes Jiang

first_imgJiang joined Cargolux in 2000 as sales and reservations officer in Shanghai, before advancing to sales manager in 2004. In 2008, she was appointed district manager, Shanghai and six years later took on the role of regional manager, central and eastern China.In her new role, Jiang will be responsible for Cargolux’s stations in Beijing and Xiamen, as well as all new developments for the airline in China – a market that the company has pinpointed as one of its main areas for growth and expansion.HLPFI reported in January that the airline’s board of directors had approved an investment of USD77 million for Cargolux China – a new joint venture Chinese cargo airline based in Zhengzhou.  www.cargolux.comlast_img read more

Tower cranes used for wind turbine installation

first_imgALE said that this is the first time that tower cranes have been used to perform wind turbine installation works in Australia. The K1650L was selected for the Lincoln Gap wind farm project due to its high wind speed tolerance and small footprint. The crane’s compact footprint means the size of hardstand can be reduced by more than 50 percent in comparison with other cranes widely used in the wind energy industry, allowing cost and time savings in civil works, said ALE. ALE has been contracted to install 14 of the 59 wind turbine generators at the Lincoln Gap project. HLPFI reported in February 2019 that ALE installed 13 wind turbines in Thailand using the K1650L. ale-heavylift.comlast_img read more

Super Nationals crown caps Coopman’s 2015 campaign

first_imgMANKATO, Minn. – It’s hard to believe, but Nate Coopman had an even better season in 2015 than he did in 2014.The Mankato, Minn., driver won a second straight and career third Mach-1 Sport Compact na­tional championship, 48 of 62 starts ­– including 25 straight during one early stretch during the point season, and track titles at Arlington Raceway, Fairmont Raceway, Nobles County Speed­way and Redwood Speedway, plus Allstar Performance Minnesota State and North Star Touring Series crowns.The icing on the cake, however, was a convincing win at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nation­als fueled by Casey’s. For all his many accomplishments in the 4-cylinder class, Septem­ber success at Boone Speedway had eluded Coopman until this year.“Winning Super Nationals was the highlight of my season by far. That was my main goal from the start of the year,” he said. “I broke while leading with five to go at Boone last September and that was still on my mind late in the race this year.”“I was still shaking when I got out of the car,” Coopman continued. “”I don’t thinking winning Super Na­tionals actually sank in until the next day.”Coopman has set the winning standard for all IMCA drivers with a total of 102 checkers over just the past two seasons. He’s the all-time division leader with 193 checkers and 15 local track and special series titles.Ironically, Coopman’s fifth season in the class started with a DNF at Beatrice Speedway’s Spring Nationals and a 13th place showing at the Frostbuster in Mason City.“We fought with a new car early in the season and just couldn’t get things figured out,” he ex­plained. “But after those first two races I was third the next night out and we figured that was a start.”Back-to-back wins and a second place finish followed. Coopman then reeled off an amazing 25 straight victories, ending in the winner’s circle every night from May 9 to June 27.“We didn’t even worry about the winning streak. I tried to keep that out of my mind and just focus on the next race,” said Coopman, who posted streaks of nine straight and then seven straight wins later in the year. “It helps that my dad (Jerry) raced a Stock Car for so many years. My car gets treated just like a Stock Car.”Coopman did most of his winning at Arlington, on 12 occasions during the point season. He also had 10 wins at both Kossuth County Speedway and Redwood Speedway, and another nine at Fairmont.Coopman first became a national champion in 2011 and remains the only driver to have won that title more than once.“Getting the Super Nationals title was tops on our to-do list,” Coopman said. “It wasn’t until after we’d done that I even realized we had the national title all but locked up.”Starts-62 … Wins-48 … Additional Top Fives-9HIS CREW: Parents Jerry and Kim, grandfather Jerry Coopman Sr., Robby Severson, Chase Brocker, Ray Wibstad, Stephanie Forsberg and Neil Forsberg.HIS SPONSORS: Mankato Crank and Chrome and Blaschko Building Supply, both of Mankato; Dan Knish and Knish Kustomz Automotive and Upholstery of Kilkenny; and Joe Bunkofske and Racers Against Cancer, Arm­strong, Iowa.30last_img read more

Golfers fire in first round of match play

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Fashions on the field… Not!

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Fury over road plan

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