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JetBlue and RuPaul’s Drag Race Bring It to The Runway for World Pride as New York’s Hometown Airline® Celebrates Ongoing Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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JetBlue – the Official Airline of Fierce – and RuPaul’s Drag Race
Proudly Present Newly Named “Shantay Blue Stay” Aircraft and Fabulous
Inflight Feature Video

JetBlue Honors its Commitment to the LGBTQ Community with Continued
Support for The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, The Center, New
York Gay Men’s Chorus and Various Other Events

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) today announced a series of special events and
highlighted the airline’s ongoing support for various LGBTQ
organizations throughout Pride Month – and throughout the year – as New
York’s Hometown Airline celebrates World Pride.

“With crewmembers and customers reflecting incredible diversity, we
celebrate all our differences and live JetBlue’s mission to inspire
humanity as a leader in inclusion both inside and outside the company,”
said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue.
“Every day, but especially as we celebrate World Pride in our hometown,
JetBlue values the uniqueness of each and every individual – not only
because it’s the right thing to do in keeping with our integrity value,
but because we think it’s more fun that way, too.”

“Shantay Blue Stay” Takes Flight with RuPaul’s Drag Race Partnership
Pride month JetBlue – the official airline of fierce – is proud to
partner with VH1’s groundbreaking phenomenon RuPaul’s Drag Race
by sashaying down the runway with the airline’s newly named “Shantay
Blue Stay” aircraft. JetBlue crewmembers, inspired by RuPaul’s signature
phrase, nominated the name as part of an aircraft naming contest. The
fresh Airbus A320 aircraft (tail N794JB) not only proudly displays a
fabulous new name, but also showcases JetBlue’s newest tailfin design,
dubbed Spotlight, which features bright splashes of the airline’s
signature bold blue and orange colors.

To kick off the partnership with RuPaul’s Drag Race and to
celebrate the introduction of “Shantay Blue Stay,” JetBlue is debuting a
one-of-a-kind, glittering video featuring fan-favorite queens Bob the
Drag Queen and Trixie Mattel. The pair demonstrate for their lives as
they highlight JetBlue customer-friendly favorites like the most legroom
in coach (a), free and unlimited brand-name snacks and more! The video
is available on RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1 and JetBlue social media

Additionally, during the week of June 10, RuPaul’s Drag Race
celebrated Pride Month and the newly named plane with a terminal
takeover at JetBlue’s T5 at New York’s JFK International Airport. This
week, customers passing through T5 will see iconic photos, displays,
Instagram opportunities and the fiercest RuPaul quotes in drag race
HER-story. The takeover also lets travelers touch up their runway looks
at a hair and makeup station and send special postcards to spread the
World Pride love.

“For more than a decade, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ has celebrated inclusivity
in all forms,” said Amy Wigler, Senior Vice President of Integrated
Marketing/Branded Content, VH1. “It is VH1’s goal to align the show with
like-minded organizations who are also committed to bettering humanity
through love and acceptance which is why we are thrilled to be
partnering with JetBlue on this very special pride month initiative.”

JetBlue’s “Shantay Blue Stay” aircraft will operate on a variety of
routes throughout the JetBlue network in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin
America, so keep your lashes on the lookout!

The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative
Drag queens have
played a vital role in the fight for LGBTQ equality including during the
1969 Stonewall Inn uprisings. For the third year in a row, JetBlue is a
proud supporter of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative (SIGBI),
which leverages the historic significance of the New York City LGBTQ
landmark to help other communities that don’t have the same LGBTQ
resources or support. JetBlue was an original SIGBI donor when the
nonprofit was formed in 2017.

This year SIGBI is supporting both the Tennessee Equality Project
Foundation and Project Q&A. The Tennessee Equality Project Foundation is
a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to serve Tennessee’s statewide
LGBTQ community with advocacy education and providing legislative
monitoring and policy analysis. Project Q&A is an LGBTQ organization in
Montgomery County, Kansas focused on raising awareness for the LGBTQ
community through education, empowerment, and visibility.

“The battle that began for LGBTQ rights in 1969 at Stonewall is not over
and the fight is continuing in places where equality has been slow to
arrive,” said Stacy Lentz, Co-owner of the Stonewall Inn and CEO of The
Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative. “We couldn’t do our much needed
work without the help of incredible partners like JetBlue that make sure
we have the necessary resources we need to spread the legacy of
Stonewall and keep it at the forefront for the struggle for equality.”

JetBlue is also calling on Stonewall Inn patrons to help celebrate for a
good cause this month. On June 28 – the 50th anniversary of
the historic 1969 demonstrations – JetBlue will match every dollar spent
on drinks by customers at the Stonewall Inn with a donation directly to

The Center
JetBlue is once again a proud supporter and the
official airline of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community
Center – known locally as simply The Center. Since 1983, The Center has
been supporting, fostering and celebrating the LGBT community of New
York City and empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives. The
Center celebrates diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity.

New York Gay Men’s Chorus
JetBlue proudly continues to
support the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) for another year.
Founded in 1980, NYCGMC has formed a strong bond with devoted followers
and continues to make lasting connections with new and diverse
audiences. NYCGMC is comprised of more than 260 talented singers of
various ages, backgrounds and experiences, and is a full member of the
Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, Inc. (GALA), the world’s only
association committed to serving the LGBT choral movement.

Celebrations and Support Nationwide
JetBlue’s support of the
LGBT community also reaches beyond New York City. Over the years
hundreds of JetBlue crewmembers and senior leaders have marched in pride
celebrations across the country including in the airline’s focus cities
of Boston; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Long Beach, Calif.; New York; and
Orlando, Fla. JetBlue also takes part in Provincetown Carnival, Greater
Palm Springs Pride and marches in Salt Lake City’s Utah Pride Parade.

Additionally, JetBlue has provided support for a variety of LGBT
nonprofits across the country including Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Lambda
Legal, New York City Anti-Violence Project, NLGJA – the Association of
LGBT Journalists, OutRight Action International, the Trevor Project, the
Provincetown Business Guild and is a founding member of the
Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

JetPride became JetBlue’s first Crewmember Resource
Group in 2012, welcome to all LGBT crewmembers and their allies.
JetPride strives to provide mentoring to develop their career paths,
support external JetBlue initiatives in the LGBT community, bring
increased visibility to and perspective on LGBT workplace issues, and
advocate for a continued bias-free workplace where LGBT JetBlue
crewmembers can thrive.

About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown
Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan.
JetBlue carries more than 42 million customers a year to 100+ cities in
the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily
flights. For more information please visit

(a)   JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach based on average fleet-wide
seat pitch for U.S. airlines.


JetBlue Corporate Communications

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Thales Named a Market Leader in KuppingerCole Analysts Leadership Compass for Identity-as-a-Service Access Management

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  • Thales recognized for global reach, number of customers and partner ecosystem
  • Positive ratings for innovativeness, interoperability, market position, security and usability

PARIS LA DÉFENSE, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thales today announced that it has been positioned as a Market Leader in the 2019 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) Access Management.

The report recognized Thales, through its SafeNet Trusted Access offer, as a market leader in terms of the number of customers, partner ecosystem, and global reach in the IDaaS Access Management market. KuppingerCole’s Leadership Compass takes a thorough look at the overall IDaaS Access Management industry, provides in-depth analysis of the main players in the market, and rates vendors on innovation, product features, and market reach.

“With a strong global presence, SafeNet Trusted Access presents a flexible solution based on standards and, in addition, agents as a service to cater to the access management requirements of organizations with broad contextual authentication needs,” said Martin Kuppinger, founder and principal analyst, KuppingerCole. “Organizations with common IDaaS Access Management requirements should consider SafeNet Trusted Access on their shortlist, specifically when having a need for strong MFA support and flexible authentication policies.”

KuppingerCole recognized SafeNet Trusted Access for its “wide range of authentication factors combined with broad support for contextual attributes to deliver risk adaptive authentication along with some access management functions targeted at B2B, B2E and G2C market segments.” In addition, the report highlighted the global presence for SafeNet Trusted Access and recommended that organizations “should consider SafeNet Trusted Access on their shortlist, specifically when having a need for strong MFA support and flexible authentication policies.”

The KuppingerCole report rated Thales as “strong positive” or “positive” for:

  • Financial Strength
  • Functionality
  • Innovativeness
  • Interoperability
  • Market Position
  • Security
  • Usability

As enterprises increasing move their applications and data to the cloud, access management is increasingly seen as the solution to help simplify cloud access and mitigate the threat of data breaches. According to recent research from Thales, almost half of businesses believe cloud applications make them a target for cyber-attacks. Surveying 1,050 IT decision makers globally, Thales’ 2019 Access Management Index1 revealed that cloud applications (49%) are listed among the top three reasons an organization might be attacked, just behind unprotected infrastructure such as IoT devices (54%) and web portals (50%).

“Thales is honored to be listed a market leader in the 2019 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass report,” said François Lasnier, Vice President for Access Management solutions at Thales. “This validation demonstrates the strength, reach and innovation of SafeNet Trusted Access in meeting the security, compliance requirements and end user needs of organizations that are embracing the cloud for their mission-critical applications and IT infrastructure.”

Thales’ global market leadership position comes from more than two decades of innovation in the access management and authentication market. SafeNet Trusted Access is a cloud-based access management solution that combines the convenience of single sign-on (SSO) with granular access security controls and adaptive authentication. By validating identities, enforcing access policies and applying Smart SSO, SafeNet Trusted Access helps organizations ensure secure, convenient access to cloud applications, prevent data breaches and simplify compliance.

Download the full KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for IDaaS Acess Management.

1The 2019 Access Management Index, is a survey of 1050 executives in 11 countries with responsibility for, or influence over, IT and data security. The survey, reporting and analysis was conducted by Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Thales.


Thales, Media Relations
Constance Arnoux

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Juniper Research: Mobile Financial Services’ Transactions to Exceed $1 Trillion in Emerging Markets by 2024

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Includes Mobile Money Transfer, Microloans, Microsavings and Microinsurance

BASINGSTOKE, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#emerging–A new study from Juniper Research found that the total transaction value of the MFS (Mobile Financial Services) market will exceed $1 trillion by 2024; rising from $580 billion in 2019. This is a growth of 70%. The research identified a range of untapped opportunities in Latin America for services such as microfinance, microloans and money transfer, as a key driver of MFS growth over the next five years.

For more insights on Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets, download our free whitepaper: The $1 Trillion Opportunity ~ Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets.

Latin America – the Underserved Opportunity

The new research, Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets: Monetisation Models & Market Forecasts 2019-2024, forecasts that the total number of users accessing MFS in Latin America will grow 20% on average annually over the next five years. This is predicted to grow twice as fast as saturated markets such as Africa & Middle East. In response, it urged MFS vendors to leverage existing experience to launch services in this underserved market.

It also forecasts that the number of MFS users in all emerging markets will reach 1.2 billion by 2024; growing from 890 million in 2019. Africa & Middle East will account for over 600 million users alone by 2024; owing to the high reliance on mobile devices for banking services.

Cash In, Cash Out to Account for Half of Overall MFS Value by 2024

The research found that CICO (Cash In, Cash Out) transactions will be the largest driver of growth for the MFS market; exceeding a value of $590 billion by 2024. CICO allows users to access traditional banking services, such as deposits and withdrawals, via mobile devices.

The report urged MFS providers to expand their agent networks to rapidly grow customer bases. It also forecasts that fostering confidence amongst users for CICO transactions will lead to uptake of more comprehensive MFS products, such as microloans and microinsurance, in the future.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector; providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.


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Broadband Forum Reimagines Services Deployment and Orchestration With Exclusive CloudCO Demonstration at Broadband World Forum 2019

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The first-of-its-kind demonstration is sponsored by Swisscom, BT, and TIM and will showcase zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network

AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Cloud–As service providers look to introduce new network technologies to accelerate new services deployment with minimal risk, Broadband Forum will demonstrate the latest developments in its Cloud Central Office (CloudCO) and Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) initiatives at Broadband World Forum (BBWF) 2019.

CloudCO is a recasting of the Central Office hosting infrastructure that utilizes Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Cloud technologies to support network functions for broadband services. Within this, OB-BAA specifies Northbound Interfaces (NBI), Core Components and Southbound Adaptation Interfaces (SAI) for functions associated with access network devices that have been virtualized, facilitating co-existence and seamless migration.

The first-of-its-kind demonstration of both initiatives at BBWF 2019 will leverage a combination of SDN automation and virtualization, open source innovation and Broadband Forum’s Open Broadband Labs (OB-Labs) infrastructure. This will show zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network containing NETCONF/YANG and SNMP access nodes via standard and vendor specific adapters, all through a single portal. It will also take advantage of major enhancements to Broadband Forum’s OB-BAA open source project and a soon-to-be-released new Application Note, APPN-446 – ONAP and CloudCO integration for Residential Broadband HSIA Service.

“The CloudCO and OB-BAA demonstration will represent a radical recasting of services deployment and orchestration to the benefit of the industry,” said Geoff Burke, Chief Marketing Officer at Broadband Forum. “CloudCO and OB-BAA are among our Open Broadband initiatives which aim to advance network migration to cloud-based broadband infrastructures and help service providers realize the possibilities of SDN and NFV. This demonstration will highlight the innovative work of the global Open Broadband Labs and the benefits of industry-wide collaboration and interoperability.”

Specifically, the demo illustrates a multi-vendor network use case in which a customer making a service request has the service created and activated by the service provider, only then to relocate to a new location and find the service seamlessly reactivated. This will show a plethora of benefits which are available to service providers through CloudCO, including reductions in the costs of validating, engineering, and improving operation of services.

BT, Swisscom, and TIM will sponsor the demonstration, reinforcing the important role open standards have to play in operators’ future networks.

Kevin Foster, Head of Broadband Technical Standards for BT, said: “CloudCO and OB-BAA will underpin an ability to create a ‘pick & mix’ access network constructed from different technologies and vendors thereby improving operational effectiveness, customer experience, and ensuring easier migration from legacy technologies and services.”

David Pérez Caparrós, Lead DevOps Engineer at Swisscom, said: “With CloudCO and OB-BAA, we will be able to evolve our access network with new technologies at a faster pace, with lower integration costs and higher customer satisfaction through faster response.”

Mauro Tilocca, Access Network Automation expert and Broadband Forum delegate at TIM, added: “CloudCO and OB-BAA, will improve the agility of net ops and maintenance, and enable open programmable interfaces to improve our service portfolio. This demonstration will show zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network containing NETCONF/YANG and SNMP access nodes via standard and vendor specific adapters, all through a single portal and ONAP operating as CloudCO Orchestrator as well as End-to-End Service Orchestrator.”

Access vendors participating in the demonstration include Nokia, Altice Labs, and DZS which will all leverage an OB-Labs infrastructure enabled by The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and VMware. The demonstration will take place during exhibition hours in the Broadband Forum / Open Broadband Interop Pavilion (A40). In addition, a one-hour session – “Deep Dive on OB-BAA: Managing Multi-Vendor SDN Broadband Networks” – will be hosted by Ovum Principal Analyst Julie Kunstler in the Broadband World News Theater on the exhibition floor starting at 11.15am on 16 October. Participants will include service provider TIM, access vendors Altice Labs, DZS, and Nokia, and OB-Lab enablers EANTC, UNH-IOL, and VMware.

Broadband World Forum 2019 takes place from Tuesday, October 15 to Thursday, October 17, at the RAI, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, please visit:

About Broadband Forum

Broadband Forum is the communications industry’s leading organization focused on accelerating broadband innovation, standards, and ecosystem development. Our passion – delivering on the promise of broadband by enabling smarter and faster broadband networks and a thriving broadband ecosystem.

Broadband Forum is an open, non-profit industry organization composed of the industry’s leading broadband operators, vendors, thought leaders who are shaping the future of broadband, and observers who closely track our progress. Its work to date has been the foundation for broadband’s global proliferation and innovation. For example, the Forum’s flagship TR-069 CPE WAN Management Protocol has nearly 1 billion installations worldwide.

Broadband Forum’s projects span across 5G, Connected Home, Cloud, and Access. Its working groups collaborate to define best practices for global networks, enable new revenue-generating service and content delivery, establish technology migration strategies, and engineer critical device, service & development management tools in the home and business IP networking infrastructure. We develop multi-service broadband packet networking specifications addressing architecture, device and service management, software data models, interoperability and certification in the broadband market.

Our free technical reports and white papers can be found at

Follow us on Twitter @Broadband_Forum and LinkedIn.

For more information about the Broadband Forum, please go to or follow @Broadband_Forum on Twitter. For further information please contact Brian Dolby on +44 (0) 7899 914168 or or Jayne Brooks on +44 (0) 1636 704 888 or


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