Southwest Airlines donates up to 2m Rapid Rewards points to 9 charities

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has committed to match up to two million Rapids Rewards loyalty points donated by customers to support nine participating charities in honor of Giving Tuesday, the company said.

Charities include Make-A-Wish, Honor Flight Network, American Red Cross, Student Conservation Association, Dream Foundation, All Hands Volunteers, The Mission Continues, Team Rubicon, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Southwest supports these charities year round, providing travel to help them accomplish their mission.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 99 destinations in the United States and eight countries with additional Cuba service to Havana, Cuba, beginning Dec. 12, 2016 and Santa Clara beginning Dec. 15, 2016.

Delta CEO demands civility on planes

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) CEO Ed Bastian has addressed the disruptive passenger on Delta flight 248 who made headlines for displaying behavior that was loud, rude and disrespectful to his fellow the customers, the company said.

Bastian said, “Our team members made the best decision they could given the circumstance, and he [the passenger] will never be allowed on a Delta plane.”

Delta has also apologized to the customers onboard that flight.

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 312 destinations in 54 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft.

Friendly Technologies introduces problem resolution tool

Friendly Technologies has launched a new version of its TR-069 Device Management Suite that includes a new module for Automatic Problem Resolution, which provides additional capabilities designed to reduce the number of problems encountered by subscribers, cut call center costs, and improve customer satisfaction, the company said.

Friendly´s new Automatic Problem Resolution module shortens the average duration of support calls by proactively identifying and resolving CPE problems – and automatically diagnosing issues that arise in the subscriber´s environment.

Once a problem is identified, the Automatic Problem Resolution tool can fix it in the background so that, frequently, an issue can be resolved before the subscriber becomes aware of any degradation in quality.

The system can also alert a Call Center Representative to a problem, and then suggest that the representative respond by clicking on a Fix-It button located on the application´s interface.

Friendly Technologies provides carrier-class device management software for IoT/M2M, Smart Home and Triple Play services. With its best-of-breed approach, Friendly enables service providers to avoid device dependency and manage multiple types of devices on a single platform. Friendly provides support for standard protocols including TR-069, OMA-DM, LWM2M, MQTT and SNMP, in addition to non-standard protocols.

Air Europa offers new direct flight from Madrid to Honduras

Air Europa has begun a new direct fight from Madrid, Spain to the second largest Honduran city, San Pedro Sula, the company said.

Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández announced that starting in April of 2017, through Air Europa, there will be one weekly flight from Madrid to San Pedro Sula. The airline chose to begin flights in April and run them until October, in time for Europe´s high season for tourism. These new routes are set to increase European tourism for Honduras, while also encouraging more Hondurans to travel abroad.

This new route represents a step forward for economic development for Honduras, where the government has vowed to continue investing in tourism as a part of its Economic Development Plan, Honduras 20/20. This project is said to create over 7000 jobs for Hondurans, while lowering costs for travelers.

MTS, VimpelCom increase mobile Internet speeds through spectrum sharing

Russia-based telecommunications company Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS) and Amsterdam-based voice and data service provider VimpelCom (NASDAQ: VIP) PJSC (Beeline brand) have started spectrum sharing in 4G-network in Cherepovetz (Vologda region) which allows the increase of data transfer speeds available to the subscribers at peak speeds of 150 Mb/s, the company said.

Vologda region became the first region where two operators united their spectrums within a large-scale project to jointly construct and utilize LTE networks in more than 30 regions in Russia.

Sharing of the operators´ 10 MHz bandwidth in the 2600 MHz range spectrums will permit an increase in data transfer speeds over LTE networks up to a peak speed of 150 Mb/s.

Safran Nacelles names managing director of UK production facility

Safran Nacelles´ has appointed Victoria Foy as managing director of Safran Nacelles Ltd., a UK subsidiary located in Burnley, England, the company said.

Foy previously was Safran Nacelles Ltd.´s finance director, a position she held for the past four years. In her new role, she succeeds Chris Plumb, who is retiring.

The Burnley site manufacturers and assembles a variety of Nacelle components for Safran Nacelles, covering applications that range from business jets and regional passenger aircraft to single aisle and large widebody airliners. Its activity includes elements of the very large nacelle for Airbus´ A330neo (new engine option) jetliner, and the inner fixed structure (IFS) for Airbus A320neo aircraft.

Safran is an international high-technology group with three core businesses: aerospace (propulsion and equipment), defense and security. The company has 70,000 employees and generated sales of EUR17.4 billion euros in 2015.

RadCom joins Open Source MANO

RadCom Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDCM) has joined the Open Source MANO (OSM) community, which is focused on delivering an open source Management and Orchestration (MANO) stack aligned with ETSI Information Models to advance the adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), the company said.

OSM is a service provider led community that includes; Telefónica, Bell Mobility, British Telecom, PT Portugal SGPS SA, SK Telecom, Sprint and Telenor.

As an NFV service assurance vendor, RadCom is engaged with the community to improve service assurance orchestration by embedding this functionality into OSM.

RadCom is a first-mover and provider of NFV-ready service assurance and customer experience management solutions for Communications Service Providers (CSPs).

Cogent Launches Notes Offering

Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCOI) said that Cogent Communications Group, Inc. intends to commence a tack-on offering of an additional USD125 million aggregate principal amount of its 5.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2022.

The notes will be offered and sold only to qualified institutional buyers, and will be guaranteed by Cogent´s domestic subsidiaries.

If the offering is consummated, Cogent expects to use the proceeds from the offering to pay a USD56.6 million cash dividend to Cogent Communications and for general corporate purposes, and/or to repurchase Cogent Communications´ common stock or to pay additional dividends to Cogent Communications´ stockholders.

Cogent Communications is a multinational, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access, Ethernet transport, and colocation services.

Groen Aeronautics launches 1st drone program

Groen Aeronautics Corporation (GAC) has begun its first drone program: the optionally manned GAC ReconHawk Gyroplane Drone based upon GAC´s sustained autorotative flight technologies, the company said.

GAC received cash and commitments that are to finance taking the GAC ReconHawk Gyroplane Drone through to production. Investment firm West Mountain LLC has, over the years, invested in Groen´s sustained autorotative flight efforts.

The company said by bringing the Gyroplane platform to drones, Groen Aeronautics Corporation is ready to commercialize its gyroplane technology for the drone market. GAC has begun the effort that will lead to the production of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Drone with VTOL capability.

Groen Aeronautics Corporation is an authority on sustained autorotative flight with approximately 40 patents issued and several more underway.

Telecommunications Providers Choose FICO Scores for Securitization Carriers embracing new securities backed by equipment installment plans

Analytic software leader FICO has seen strong demand by telecommunications providers for the FICO Score to use in securitization. FICO has created a program that helps carriers and other participants provide the risk assessment that is a key ingredient in creating bonds backed by equipment installment plans, which let customers pay off their mobile device in installments.

The ratings agency Standard & Poor´s estimates there are USD35 billion to USD40 billion of mobile device contracts in the US. The first security, backed by 2.5 million equipment installment plans, was issued in July. Mortgages and other loan types are already widely securitized in the U.S.

Under the new program, a mobile provider that purchases FICO Scores on its customers whose equipment installment plans are being securitized can share summary statistics regarding the FICO Score distribution with third parties as part of the securitization performance documentation made available to rating agencies and investors.

Telecommunication providers can also structure the purchase of these FICO Scores for use in their risk management decisions at origination or account review. Such FICO Scores are also eligible for the FICO Score Open Access program, which allows credit grantors to share the FICO Scores they rely on for risk management with their customers at no additional fee from FICO.

FICO powers decisions that help people and businesses around the world prosper. Founded in 1956 and based in Silicon Valley, the company is a pioneer in the use of predictive analytics and data science to improve operational decisions. FICO holds more than 170 US and foreign patents on technologies that increase profitability, customer satisfaction and growth for businesses in financial services, telecommunications, health care, retail and many other industries.