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Tapping the Power of the Network

Posted By Robert Bell, Thursday, November 11, 2010
Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems to me that teleport operators have been in the news a lot lately.  GlobeCast's AP partnership at the ASEAN summit, the Harris acquisition of Schlumberger GCS, which it plans to combine with CapRock Communications, and Arqiva Broadcast & Media's 100-cinema digital distribution deal with Odeon UCI are just three recent examples.   

Teleports are a critical link in the space-terrestrial network.  But it was not so many years ago that all the news in satellite or terrestrial communications was about the major carriers or the pioneering technology providers.  Starting earlier this decade, WTA made it a priority to raise the profile of the teleport sector, because greater recognition translates directly into greater opportunity for our members.   That is one of the motives behind reports like Ka-Band and the Teleport and market research like Sizing the Teleport Market.  It is why we announce each year’s Top Operator rankings of the world’s largest and fastest-growing teleport operators.  And it is the reason we honor teleport operators, executives and technology companies at each year’s Teleport Awards for Excellence on the opening day of SATELLITE.  

So, I believe that WTA has something to do with the higher profile accorded our industry.  But when you are on a voyage, it also helps to have the wind at your back.  The teleport sector itself has become a bigger and more active player in the market.  In the past, the biggest operators of teleports were slow-moving incumbent telcos for whom satellite services were an afterthought.  Today, they are well-capitalized publicly-traded companies like Globecomm, RRsat or Telecommunications Systems Inc.  They are also subsidiaries of a diverse collection of companies committed to growth.  Think of GlobeCast, Harris, and Arqiva, of course, but also Singapore Technologies, GE and Emirates Telecom.   These companies and their teleport units are making things happen around the world.   

And as they make things happen, the value of the WTA network is rising.  Teleport operators of every size have a growing opportunity to "punch above their weight” by networking through WTA, contributing to research and programs, participating in events and joining our committees.  Small companies that think of themselves as filling a narrow niche can scale up their ambitions by tying into this global network of strategic partners and innovative technologists.  Big companies are increasingly using WTA to speak with one voice for a teleport sector that faces greater competition every day.  You can do it on your own using our online tools or by asking our staff for help.  We can guide you to the right colleagues, the right resources and the right connections to accomplish your goals – however large your operation, wherever you may be in the world. 

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