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Optus Satellite Achieves Full Certification of Four Teleports from the World Teleport Association

Thursday, November 3, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Owen
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(November 3, 2016 – New York City) – The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Optus Satellite has achieved Full Certification for its four primary teleports under WTA’s recently launched Teleport Certification Program. Optus Teleports at Belrose in Sydney and Lockridge in Perth achieved the programs highest level Tier 4 Certification, while its Hume Teleport in Canberra and its Oxford Falls Teleport in Sydney achieved Tier 3 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.

Paul Sheridan, Vice President, Optus Wholesale said, “As Australia and New Zealand’s leading provider of satellite services Optus has always been committed to ensuring exemplary standards of excellence across all facets of our business, and I am particularly pleased on behalf of all our team with this benchmark endorsement from the WTA.”

“With the addition of Optus teleports, WTA’s Certification program is building a critical mass of teleport operators who see the value of independent validation of their quality, from Intelsat and Eutelsat to Arqiva, Signalhorn, Elara, Globecomm and du," said WTA executive director Robert Bell. "We look forward to having customers begin asking their teleport vendors whether or not they are a WTA-certified operator.” 

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

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