Held every year since 2002, Maroc Telecom’s Jawla festival has become an increasingly popular summer tradition, with each event drawing several million spectators. Over 300 free concerts and performances are held in some 20 cities and beach areas of Morocco, with the participation of national and international artists. The music genres included are very wide-ranging with something for everyone, while ‘villages’ set up on the beaches will offer a range of sports and cultural activities for children and teens. This festival is one of the operator’s many initiatives to promote the country’s diverse cultural heritage, encourage talent and provide entertainment for the public.
Activision Publishing and Disney Interactive have formed a partnership to develop and distribute the video game Wreck-It Ralph™. An extension of the story from the upcoming animated film, the game should inspire an all-new generation of young players of horizontal scrolling action games. Players will choose between two characters, Wreck-It Ralph and Fix-It Felix, and must combine the available powers as best they can. For example, they can use Ralph’s destructive power, swap characters or fix the collateral damage with Felix. The system promises to be even more interesting in the Wii multiplayer mode, which will allow players to collect hero’s medals. The game will be available for Nintendo DS, 3DS and Wii this December 5.
Ukrainian pianist and YouTube sensation Valentina Lisitsa has just released her first album (Decca Classics). She is recognized for her incredible talent, amazing performances and spontaneous, poetic rapport with her audiences. There is no doubt about her success on the international scene – her performance at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall on June 19 drew an audience from around the world. This popular international triumph is now crowned by the success of her first album on Decca Classics – just a week after the event! Available exclusively via legal download platforms, the recording features pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Scriabin.
SFR and Verizon merge their networks
SFR Business Team and American operator Verizon have announced an agreement to provide comprehensive communication solutions as well as support for multinational businesses based or operating in France. The American operator will offer its services with support from SFR for France; at the same time, Verizon will help SFR offer businesses worldwide connectivity. This agreement will initially cover solution provision for IP virtual private networks over MPLS.* The staff of both companies will offer integrated services for their customers’ specific communication and IT needs. Customers in each country will have direct access to the expertise of both partners through their teams and services. They will benefit from an enhanced experience thanks to consistent service based on integrated networks and including convergent services, optimized processes and customer service all over the world.
*IP virtual private network over MPLS (multiprotocol label switching): an IP site interconnection solution for sharing data and accessing internal applications and the Internet with complete security.
GVT broadband is considered the broadband company most trusted for the second consecutive year according to the main Brazilian technology publication, INFO Magazine. The award reflects the view of the technology users through popular vote. GVT has the widest portfolio of broadband speeds from 5Mbps to 100Mbps with the best cost-benefit of the market offering prices from BRL49.90. GVT stands out in this scenario, as the leading company in the country in terms of quality, innovation and value-added services, including content and security services.
Ma Bonne Etoile
This new comedy-drama, which opens at cinemas on July 11, was recognized twice at the 26th Film de Cabourg – Journées Romantiques Awards. The film received the Audience Award and actress Fleur Lise took the Newcomer Award, which recognizes excellence in a first leading role. Christophe Lambert and Claude Brassens also star in the film. Louise lives a happy life in Northern France pursuing her love of horses, until fate intervenes one day. She is left alone with her father and a family friend at La Ferronnière, the stud farm where she has always lived. Business has dried up and they’re on the brink of bankruptcy, but fortunately they have Marquise, a young mare raised by Louise. Together, the young girl and her horse will fight against the odds and the bad luck that seems to follow them. StudioCanal is a coproducer of the film and manages all rights as well as international sales.