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CYTAGLOBAL RECEIVES PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATION OF MAKARIOS TELEPORT FROM WTA

Wednesday, October 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
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(October 19, 2016 – New York City) - The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Cytaglobal has achieved Provisional Certification of its Makarios Teleport in Cyprus under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program.

Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity, with 12 teleports currently engaged in the quality evaluation process and certifications already issued to teleports owned by Eutelsat, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Horizon, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat and Talia. 
 
To achieve Provisional Certification, a teleport operator completes a +170-item questionnaire and submits it to WTA.  The Association analyzes the data based on standards established by its Certification Committee and issues the Provisional Certification based on the self-reported information.  The teleport then has six months to achieve Full Certification. To achieve Full Certification under WTA’s program, an auditor is dispatched to visit the teleport, provide independent validation of the data submitted in the questionnaire, and identify additional factors that may positively or negatively affect the score.  Full Certification is issued at a Tier number from 1 through 4, of which 4 represents the highest degree of excellence, and remains in effect for 3 years.

“Makarios Teleport enjoys a privileged geographical location with optimal conditions for satellite communications,” says Christos Limnatitis, manager of Cyta’s National & International Wholesale Division.  “The teleport has extensive infrastructure and is well connected with Cyta’s international fiber network providing ample capacity and dedicated direct links to major international nodes creating a major telecommunications hub in the Eastern Mediterranean and a telecommunications bridge between East and West. The teleport offers a wide range of satellite services in the global market. We are pleased with the provisional certification of Makarios Teleport by WTA and we anticipate that this will add value to our operations. We are confident that full certification will add a new dimension to our capabilities, creating a new potential for growth.”

“WTA’s Certification program is emerging as a standard for the global teleport sector,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell.  “Early adopters have helped us prove our methodology and companies like Cyta now not only from an objective rating of their quality of operations but also the chance to identify, based on global standards, areas of their operations that can be raised to a higher level.” 
 
WTA’s Teleport Certification Program serves both teleport operators and their customers by creating an objective, transparent, and internationally accepted method for teleport operators to document the quality of their operations for customers and strategic partners. It also provides a means for customers to select teleport vendors delivering the price-performance level that is appropriate for their applications. Click here for a list of certified teleports.

For more information about the Teleport Certification Program, visit http://www.worldteleport.org/?page=Certification or email WTA Membership Director Randall Barney at rbarney@worldteleport.org.
 
About World Teleport Association
Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (www.worldteleport.org) has focused on improving the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations.

About Cytaglobal
Cytaglobal (www.cytaglobal.com) is a strategic business unit of Cyta (www.cyta.com.cy), the incumbent telecommunications service provider in Cyprus. Cytaglobal (www.cytaglobal.com) provides wholesale products and services in the global market. Taking advantage of the island’s geographical position, Cytaglobal has developed an extensive undersea fibre network, which connects Cyprus with its neighbouring countries and the rest of the world. Cytaglobal also operates an extensive satellite network with three Teleport sites and numerous earth stations, providing connectivity to major satellite systems. The satellite services offered by Cytaglobal, include satellite television on a permanent and occasional basis, TT&C services, gateway services for HTS satellites, RF and BER monitoring services, and internet connectivity. Makarios teleport also offers VSAT services, hosting services to third parties and serves as a video head-end for Cyta’s IPTV offering in the Cyprus market.

For More Information
Matthew Owen
Communications Manager
World Teleport Association
mowen@worldteleport.org
212-825-0218 x105

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