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Look for the following reports and projects from WTA in the coming months.


Understanding and Improving The ROI of VSAT Networks
VSAT is a fundamental technology for teleport operators serving data and voice customers.  Beyond serving as basic hubs for VSAT networks, teleports provide complex managed services on VSAT platforms and integrate them with fiber, wireless and other transmission paths.  A teleport may manage dozens or hundreds of individual networks, each comprising anywhere from 20 to 2,000 nodes with its own specific configuration, bandwidth requirements and mission-criticality.  Success in this demanding business requires economies of scale: the ability to design, install, operate and maintain networks with the most efficient and cost-effective mix of personnel, equipment and bandwidth.  Savings in any of those areas produce a better return on investment for the operator and, if properly implemented, a more efficient and higher quality operation for customers
March 2017

Satellite Operator Benchmarks
Seventh in the series of benchmarks studies of satellite operator commercial and operational performance, conducted by FutureSource.
March 2017

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Teleports in a Fiber, Wireless and HTS World
Teleports are traditionally associated with fixed satellite communications, but they have always been connecting points for different transmission paths. That positions them well for a market in which satellite will increasingly be used only where its economics make the most sense. What does the optimal network look like for different customer applications? How do operations, staffing, processes and capital expenditure change in a fiber, wireless and HTS world? How does the teleport maintain its value proposition in competition with terrestrial carriers and data center operators?
21 February 2017

Reducing the Energy Load
Teleports have become data centers offering the world’s best options for connectivity. That transformation has sharply increased electric power, HVAC and rack space as expense items to be controlled for the sake of the bottom line as well as to meet increasingly strict environmental policies. This report looks at the practical strategies teleport operators are taking to reduce their energy consumption and the technologies having the biggest impact for the money invested.
4 January 2017

The Effective Strategic Partnership for Teleport Operators
In the WTA report, The Teleport of Tomorrow, teleport operators told us that strategic partnerships will become their primary channel to market in a more networked world. Developing effective partnerships, however, is a major challenge. What should teleport operators seek in a strategic partner? What must they bring to the table in their particular market niche? And how does the way a teleport operator does business have to evolve to become truly effective at creating and maintaining partnerships that produce results?
7 December 2016

Measuring Quality in Teleport Operations
In the development of its Teleport Certification program, WTA and its Certification Committee defined in detail the factors that contribute to the quality of a facility and the quality of its operational processes. This report provides an overview of the Certification standards, how they were determined, and checklists for teleport operators to review before applying for Certification.
22 September 2016
Core Capabilities of Digital Inclusion Projects (2016)
National governments and multilateral organizations are funding an increasing number of satellite-based digital inclusion projects. They are expected to grow substantially as HTS spacecraft add substantially to capacity while reducing the cost per bit for transmission. What capabilities do teleport operators need to sell into, service and operate profitably in a market that aims to deliver a social good?
 July 2016

Inside The Top Operators (2016)
The annual Top Operator rankings are developed by surveying teleport operators in many nations on their revenues and revenue growth and supplementing the results with financial data from publicly-traded firms. From this information, WTA publishes rankings of the Global Top 20 (companies by revenue including independents and satellite/fiber operators), the Independent Top 20 (companies by revenue excluding satellite and fiber operators), and the Fast 20 (based on year-over-year revenue growth, including independents and satellite/fiber operators)
29 June 2016

The Internet of Things Opportunity for Teleports
The growth forecasts for the Internet of Things are off the charts. The big questions for the teleport and satellite industry is how all these talkative things will be connected, where standard-architecture and HTS satellite will play in that network, and how companies must adapt their facilities, operations and staff to gain a piece of the massive opportunity. The answers are not obvious but innovators around the world are experimenting, developing services and testing opportunities.
17 May 2016

Satellite Operator Benchmarks
Sixth in the series of benchmarks studies of satellite operator commercial and operational performance, conducted by FutureSource.
31 March 2016

The Teleport of Tomorrow
What will the successful teleport operating company of 2020 look like?  The speed of technology and market change suggests that it will differ in many ways from what we think of as a teleport today, and that its personnel and business leaders will need different skills to be successful.  We ask the thought leaders of the business today where it will be at the start of the next decade.   A Strategy report.
12 January 2016
The Evolution of SCPC and TDMA for Data Services
Single-carrier and burst multiplexing solutions for satellite used to be distinct technologies that were matched to differing needs, from high throughput to efficient bandwidth allocation among multiple terminals.  Technology advances, however, are creating far more options for network designs, which teleport operators are putting to use to win business and deliver most cost-effective solutions.  A 4Nines report.
 17 December 2015
Core Capabilities for Serving Transportation Markets
What is required for market entry into maritime and land-based transportation markets?  What facilities, technology and operational expertise is needed to offer a competitive level of service, and where are the most attractive geographic and sectoral opportunities?
30 September 2015 
Cybersecurity for Teleport and Satellite Operators
“What’s your cybersecurity plan?”  It is a customer question that some teleport and satellite operators would prefer not to hear, because it opens up issues where they are still playing catch-up with the terrestrial world.  In the last decade, teleports have become data centers with connections to the digital skyway as well as information highway.  Devices throughout the satellite and terrestrial network have become IP-addressable, at the same time that legacy hardware may still be using antiquated password protocols.  Hackers with the skills to break satellite TV and Internet encryption to get free service also open the network to new risks.   Satellite is a unique environment and requires knowledge and skills to secure beyond those typically found in terrestrial IT and telecommunications.  A 4 Nines Report.
 22 July 2015
Inside the Top Operators (2015)
Insights from the annual ranking of the Top Operators.
16 June 2015

Satellite Operator Benchmarks
Fifth in the series of benchmarks studies of satellite operator commercial and operational performance, conducted by FutureSource.
13 March 2015 

Best Practices in Occasional-Use Services
For video and enterprise applications, the facilities, systems and organizational requirements for running world-class OU.
18 February 2015 

Profiting from High-Throughput Services
Exploring the real-world experience of teleport operators with high-throughput technologies on the ground and in the sky, from the opportunity to tap new markets and revenue streams to the impact on business strategy, personnel requirements and the evolution of the teleport model.
20 January 2015

Core Capabilities for Competing in Mobile
First in a series of papers that identify what capabilities a teleport operator must develop in order to expand business into a new customer sector. This paper explores what technology, operational capabilities and personnel are needed for a teleport operator to move into mobile backhaul and networking. Future papers may focus on maritime, broadcast, systems integration, etc.
29 September 2014

Tomorrow’s Teleport Business: Entrepreneurship vs. Consolidation
What is the future of the teleport industry? Is it, as some believe, a race for scale in which only the biggest and most geographically diverse will have a meaningful competitive advantage? Or is the future with the nimble entrepreneur who identifies unmet needs and drives deep into profitable niches in the market?
23 July 2014
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