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du Receives Full Certification of its Teleport from WTA

Wednesday, October 26, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Owen
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(October 26, 2016 – Dubai & New York City) – The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that UAE-based telecommunications service provider – ‘du’ has achieved full certification of its world-class Teleport in Jebel Ali, Dubai under WTA’s recently launched Teleport Certification Program. The du Teleport achieved Tier 3 Certification under the Program, the only teleport in the Middle East region to receive this prestigious certification.

To achieve Full Certification under WTA’s program, 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 a Provisional Certification based on the self-reported information.  An auditor is then 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.

Ahmed Almuhaideb, Vice President - Broadcasting & IPTV Services, du, said:Full Teleport Certification by WTA is another special milestone that du takes special pride in achieving. Currently, we provide satellite uplinks plus an array of complimentary broadcasting services for over 300 TV channels. Our customers are leading broadcasting houses globally, and we believe that WTA’s teleport certification will offer our clients valuable insights – including an objective measure of the quality of service that du can deliver.”


Robert Bell, Executive Director, WTA, said: “Our heartiest congratulations to the team at du for achieving this level of certification. Our certification is becoming the standard-bearer for teleports globally, and we are highly impressed with the quality and service delivery protocols maintained at du’s teleport. We wish the team at du the very best in their efforts towards excellence and setting new industry benchmarks.”
 
WTA’s Teleport Certification Program aims to serve 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 aims to provide 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.

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

 

About du

du is a vibrant and multiple award-winning telecommunications service provider serving over 8 million individual customers with its mobile, fixedline, broadband internet, and Home services over its 4G LTE network. du also caters to over 80,000 UAE businesses with its vast range of ICT and managed services. Since its launch in 2007, du has many UAE firsts to its credit, including introduction of Pay by the Second® billing system, IPTV and self-service portal.

du is ideally placed to support the realisation of UAE Vision 2021 and transformation of Dubai into a Smart City. du is also the official strategic partner of the Smart Dubai Office and the platform provider for Smart Dubai. Following the successful testing of the Middle East’s first Internet of Things (IoT) network, du is on course to complete deployment of its IoT network in 2016.

Brand Finance ranked du as the 12th most valuable brand in the Middle East in 2016. du previously won the coveted Brand of the year title by Superbrands Middle East in 2013. The company has been recognised with several other awards such as ISO 27001 certification of Managed Security Services and having the distinction of opening UAE’s first LEED Platinum Certified Green Shop. du also has the unique distinction of the first telecom in the world to release Sustainability Report based  on GRI-G4 guidelines in 2014. du is also credited with du’s world-class teleport is the largest of its kind in the Middle East and ranked among the top teleports in the world by World teleport Association.

As an Emirati business, du is vested in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the UAE. The company has, on average, had an Emiratisation rate of 34% since 2013 across its entire business. Human capital is a key focus area for the company, and the company employs nearly 2000 people from over 60 nationalities. du has won Gallup Great Workplace Award for two consecutive years.

du is 39.5 percent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 19.75 percent by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, 19.5 percent by Emirates Communications and Technology LLC and the remaining by public shareholders. Listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), the company trades under the name ‘du’.

For more information visit www.du.ae

For further information, please contact:

Saugat Chatterjee

Brand & Communications

du

Mobile: +971559367045

Email: Saugat.Chatterjee@du.ae

Layal Dalal
Communications Manager
MSLGROUP
Email: layal.dalal@mslgroup.com


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