AT&T signs smart grid agreement with CURRENT; itaas expands into Ontario, Canada

> AT&T is moving into the smart grid space: the carrier signed an agreement with CURRENT that will provide utilities with an integrated smart grid solution featuring AT&T's mobile broadband capabilities, managed and network services plus CURRENT's OpenGrid utility element management system. News release.

> Digital video specialist itaas is on the march, opening a new office in Ontario, Canada, and expanding its offices in the United States and India. News release.

> A new report is on tap at Reportlinker covering the global structured cabling systems market, including local area networks and data centers. The report profiles 48 companies and provides annual estimates through 2015. News release.

> Telecom manufacturer Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation posted a 55 percent increase in revenues for the first quarter of 2010, $104.9 million, up from $67.3 million in the same period last year. News release.

> The South Carolina Division of State Information Technology (DSIT) awarded Hughes Network Systems a contract to provide satellite broadband Internet service to state agencies and local government agencies. The Lot 4 satellite services will enable employees in remote and underserved areas to access high-speed Internet services. News release.

> Pitney Bowes Business Insight will use Terremark's Enterprise Cloud as the underlying infrastructure for its SaaS-based MapInfo Stratus product. News release.

> Oregon-based Douglas Fast Net will use ADTRAN's Total Access 5000 MSAP for its broadband expansion project in southern Oregon. News release.

And finally... As the smart grid concept gets more attention from service providers, a new ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) report points out that advanced meters alone won't trigger the substantial energy savings touted by utilities and government entities. Consumers also need easy-to-use, real-time or near real-time feedback tools and enhanced billing approaches to control energy costs on their end. News release.