Italy has informed the International Telecommunications Union that it has ceased transmitting TV programmes on 61 frequencies that have been causing problems with interference in neighbouring countries.The ITU Radiocommunication Bureau received a complaint from the Slovenian government in 2005 about interference resulting from Italian broadcasts, with other countries joining the chorus of complaint from 2011.The issue was later raised at ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conferences of 2012 and 2015 and to the European Union Radio Spectrum Policy Group from 2012, with what the ITU described as “slow progress” being made until 2014.From 2014, however, under the newly elected government of Matteo Renzi, Italy’s sub-secretary of state Antonello Giacomelli, in charge of telecommunications, initiated legislative, regulatory and financial measures to ensure that the use of frequencies by Italian broadcasters was brought in line with the ITU’s Radio Regulations and the ITU Regional Agreement signed in Geneva in 2006, which provides the international framework for terrestrial television broadcasting in the region.
Mozilla’s mixed reality team has launched Firefox Reality, a new web browser designed to work on stand-alone virtual and augmented reality headsets.Firefox Reality was designed to move seamlessly between the 2D and the immersive web and is available now in the Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream app stores.The browser supports voice searches and Mozilla said it is working with creators to bring “an amazing collection of games, videos, environments, and experiences” to the Firefox Reality home screen.“We had to rethink everything, including navigation, text-input, environments, search and more. This required years of research, and countless conversations with users, content creators, and hardware partners,” said Andre Vrignaud, head of mixed reality platform strategy at Mozilla.“The result is a browser that is built for the medium it serves. It makes a big difference, and we think you will love all of the features and details that we’ve created specifically for a MR browser.”Mozilla said that the initial launch is version 1.0 of Firefox Reality, with version 1.1 “right around the corner”. It added that it has an “always-growing list of ideas and features that we are working to add to make this the best browser for mixed reality”.Earlier this year a new startup featuring members of the original Mozilla VR team launched a virtual reality browser for web VR content called Supermedium. This was created by developers Diego Marcos and Kevin Ngo and technical artist Diego Goberna to let users experience VR without downloading large native apps.
Belgian telecom operator Proximus added 11,000 TV customers to its base in the third quarter, taking its total to 1.595 million, up 3.4% year-on-year.Dominique LeroyThe telco had 8,000 new fixed internet customers over the same period, taking its total to 2.01 million, up 2.3% year-on-year.Overall, Proximus posted revenues of €1.095 billion for the quarter, down 0.9% thanks to lower mobile device revenue. EBITDA was up 1.1% to €431 million, thanks higher direct margins attributed to a growing customer base, focus on value management and on the impact of acquisitions in the enterprise segment.Proximus CEO Dominique Leroy said that the company’s segmentation strategy was paying off. She said that the Proximus brand was now delivering “a more valuable customer base” thanks to the success of Tuttimus and Bizz All-in offers, which counted 477,000 subscribers at the end of September.