The WORD Network Now Available In Africa

DETROIT, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The WORD Network is now available to an additional 70 million viewers throughout Central and Southern Africa. This is due to a new working agreement with ViewSat to launch on IntelSat20. The WORD Network position is on a selection of Free To Air Networks available to all residents living in Central and Southern African countries.

“We are ecstatic to be working with ViewSat and being able to get our message out to people throughout Africa. With this new relationship, we remain the largest African American religious network in the world!” stated WORD Network CEO Kevin Adell.

The WORD Network, which launched in February of 2000, beams into more than 200 counties and has a viewership worldwide of more than 3 billion.

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“We are delighted to be broadcasting The Word Network into Sub Saharan Africa’s premium free to air neighborhood,” Safia Rana, Head of Sales and Marketing, ViewSat

Landis+Gyr and RWE sign Smart Meter Deal for Poland

ZUG, Switzerland, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Landis+Gyr, the global leader in energy management solutions, will deliver smart meter products and software solutions to energy utility RWE in Poland for installation in residential buildings located in the city of Warsaw. Deliveries are due to start in September, with system installation scheduled for the end of 2014.

“We are proud to have been selected by RWE for this inaugural smart metering deployment in Poland,” said Andreas Umbach, Landis+Gyr’s President and CEO, “RWE’s vision of enhanced grid functionality is a great match with Landis+Gyr’s experience and capabilities.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Landis+Gyr will deliver its Gridstream™ end-to-end solution, including 50,000 smart meters and Gridstream™ AIM software to RWE in Poland. The system will have an interface to RWE’s existing IT infrastructure, and is designed to support its asset management needs, as well as its billing services. A four year service contract is also included in the contract terms.

RWE operates a number of companies in Poland, including RWE Polska and RWE Stoen Operator. RWE Polska, together with RWE East, is responsible for supporting the development of the Group in Poland. RWE Stoen Operator manages the Warsaw power network.

“Implementation of the smart grid concept in the area of our operation will essentially improve the level of energy efficiency of the system as a whole,” says Agnieszka Nosal, Board Member of RWE Stoen Operator and also responsible for AMI investments. “It will also allow for the development of distributed generation which is to play a major role in the future energy market.  Investment in AMI will bring many benefits to end-consumers, providing them with access to actual consumption data, as well as enabling the utility to rapidly identify any interference in the network. The introduction of flexible product sales tailored to the lifestyle needs of individual customers will also come in the future.”

“This is a significant milestone for Landis+Gyr,” says Andrzej Szymanski, Country Manager of Landis+Gyr Poland, “RWE is a trusted customer and we are delighted to contribute to the development of smart metering in Poland with this project in Warsaw.”

Between 2014 and 2019, RWE foresees that 25 percent of its investments will go into smart infrastructure, which totals 420 million Polish Zloty (approximately 100 million Euros). In the first stage of the project, which is due to be complete by the end of 2014, RWE will install 25,000 smart meters in residential buildings in Warsaw; full project completion is scheduled for December 2015. RWE will also invest in its network, overhead high voltage lines, as well as in medium voltage cable lines in urban areas.

There has been rapid smart metering development in Poland in recent years. The signing of a declaration in June 2009 by the Polish National Energy Conservation Agency as well as the country’s three largest consumer organizations each called for the introduction of smart metering in Poland to increase energy efficiency for individual, institutional and industrial customers.

About Landis+Gyr
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid.  With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, Landis+Gyr, an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,500 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.

21Vianet and GigaTrust Sign Exclusive Partnership Agreement for China

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: VNET) (“21Vianet” or the “Company”), the largest carrier-neutral internet infrastructure services provider and the sole operator of Office 365 and Microsoft Azure in the Chinese Mainland market, and GigaTrust, the market leader for Microsoft-based email and document protection software solutions for mobile devices, announced today that they have signed an exclusive partnership agreement for the China market. Pursuant to the agreement, 21Vianet will market and sell the portfolio of GigaTrust security products to enterprises and Office 365 cloud subscribers in China. This partnership will provide Office 365 enterprise customers in China the ability to protect and render secure emails and documents from anywhere using Android and iPhone mobile devices.

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21Vianet has more than 15 years’ experience in internet infrastructure services, with its core businesses covering data center management, managed network service, content distributed network service and cloud computing. The Company worked with Microsoft to successfully launch Office 365 services this April, delivering for the first time the familiar Office productivity suite, now equipped with more advanced communication and collaboration tools, as a local cloud service to business and government customers throughout China. The Company will leverage its cloud operation and service excellence to provide one-stop public cloud services to customers in China. According to Forrester Research, China is one of the fastest growing markets for public cloud services in the world and forecast to grow from $300M in 2011 to $3.8B by 2020. 

With the availability of GigaTrust’s secure mobility products, 21Vianet will provide Office 365 customers with a comprehensive security solution for both Android and iPhone devices, enabling highly adaptable cross-platforms and cross-devices experience.  Subscribers of Office 365 in China will be able to protect and consume protected emails and documents (Office docs and PDF formats) from anywhere securely to or from the mobile device.  In the past two years, smartphone sales in China have quadrupled, making China one of the world’s largest Smartphone markets in the world according to research firm IDC. Today, China has nearly 1 billion mobile phone users with roughly 40% or 400 million currently using smartphones, forecasted to reach 800 million by 2020.

Wing-Dar Ker, President of MS Cloud Business Unit at 21Vianet, stated, “Information security on mobile devices is a critical business requirement for Office 365 cloud customers. 21Vianet is pleased to deliver the industry’s leading mobility security solution from GigaTrust to Office 365 customers in China.”

“BYOD mobile environments are growing across all markets and GigaTrust is dedicated to providing secure email and document access to mobile devices anywhere. We are very excited to work with 21Vianet to provide GigaTrust’s mobile security products to Office 365 customers in China and to participate in the exponential growth of the China public cloud services market combined with the largest number of smartphone users worldwide,” said Bob Bernardi, Chairman and CEO of GigaTrust.