CapRock Communications Named Independent Operator of the Year, SES AMERICOM receives first-ever Nova Award; ESPN named Corporate Operator of the year at crowded ceremony in Washington
(New York City, February 26, 2008) -- The United States teleport industry was the star of the show Tuesday as the World Teleport Association (WTA) announced the recipients of its 13th annual Teleport Awards for Excellence. The awards are presented each year to organizations and individuals whose achievements have been deemed exceptional by the international trade association and its awards committees, made up of industry members from across the globe. This year, for the first time, it was a clean sweep by American teleports and technologies in each category.
The 2008 Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, hosted by SES and its family of companies, gathered many of the world's independent and commercial teleport operators for the 13th consecutive year. London-based WTA Secretary-General Andrew Stimson welcomed the delegates and Director of Development Louis A. Zacharilla, who emceed the event, provided an overview of WTA and its mission for the capacity crowd at the Washington Convention Center.To develop and deliver IP-PRIME, AMERICOM had to go beyond its core competency as a satellite carrier and tackle issues of broadcast rights, content security, program aggregation and broadband integration. WTA, a non-profit trade association headquartered in New York, added that, despite the challenges, AMERICOM brought IP-PRIME to market in cooperation with the US-based National Rural Telecommunications Council and (US) National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, and has begun to build a customer base.
The 2008 recipients are:
Independent Teleport Operator of the Year
CapRock Communications, Houston, Texas, USA - CapRock Communications was selected as Independent Teleport Operator of the Year based on an impressive record of sustained growth, expansion into new geographic markets and introduction of new services. CapRock provides communications services to customers operating in remote and harsh environments including the energy, commercial shipping, government services, construction, mining and disaster recovery markets. With teleports in four continents, the company opened a support center in Australia and acquired Arrowhead Global Communications, a leading provider of communications to the government sector, in 2007. CapRock, which received a WTA development award in 2005, also launched a new broadband service for the commercial maritime market. SeaAccess Communications provides always-on corporate networking and communications services for the crews of ships on a fixed-price basis, ensuring predictable monthly costs. Within nine months of launch, CapRock had secured contracts to service more than 120 vessels and had completed 25 VSAT installations. In the last quarter of 2007, CapRock introduced next-generation video streaming service for real-time monitoring and inspection of subsea structures and remote facilities. CapRock Communications achieved over 30% revenue growth from 2004 to 2006 and indications point to even faster growth in the future. Accepting the award on behalf of CapRock Communications was Bryan L. Oliver, Chief Operating Officer.
Corporate Teleport Operator of the Year
Entertainment Sports Programming Network (ESPN) Broadcast Center, Bristol, Connecticut, USA – WTA's committee selected the Broadcast Center of the American sports broadcast network as its Corporate Teleport Operator of the Year. ESPN’s Bristol teleport is a major domestic and international gateway that ingests as much media content as any location in the United States. Over 50,000 feeds were moved through the ESPN teleport for use by the network, which employs 3,000 workers. After 35 years spent building a campus equal in size to 8 American football fields containing over 30 antennas, ESPN is now engaged in a technical consolidation to create a more productive, cost-effective and elegant facility to handle growth in the decades ahead. Land preparation has been completed and the construction of a new facility will begin within the next few months. The new media center will handle a massive amount of HDTV broadcasts and represent a leap in technology. A large Taurus antenna covering 31 orbital slots will shortly go online. Launched in 1979, ESPN has grown into the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company with a portfolio of over 50 businesses, ranging from SD and HDTV, radio channels, magazines, as well as interactive and mobile information services. ESPN is 80% owned by ABC, a unit of The Walt Disney Company, with Hearst Corporation holding a 20% interest. Roger Roy, Senior Director of Transmission Services for ESPN, accepted the award.
Teleport Technology of the Year
Group QoS and Global NMS from iDirect Technologies, Herndon, Virginia, USA - In a very close vote, the Group QoS and Global NMS products from iDirect Technologies gained the edge and were named the Teleport Technology of the Year for 2008. Group QoS is an advanced technology feature of the iDirect Intelligent Platform that enables network operators to logically partition shared bandwidth among different customers, groups of remotes and applications according to dynamic service plans that extend to the application level. Global NMS is a new capability of the Intelligent Platform that enables teleport operators to establish global networks in which remotes retain connectivity from anywhere in the world, even across multiple teleports. The feature enables geographic mapping and dynamic routing, and is flexible enough to allow IP addresses to remain fixed while allowing for differences in configuration across different beams. The combined capabilities of Group QoS and Global NMS allow teleport operators, enterprise customers and the military to achieve an unprecedented balance of flexibility and control in satellite-based communications worldwide. Accepting the award on behalf of iDirect Technologies was company Chief Technology Officer David Bettinger.
Teleport Executive and Nova Award Winners Also Named
World Teleport Association also presented awards, announced prior to the Luncheon, for its Teleport Executive of the Year and its new Nova Award.
Kenneth Miller, President and Chief Operating Officer of Globecomm Systems and its Long Island, New York, (USA) teleport, received the Teleport Executive of the Year Award for leading his company to record profitability and working with his management team to transform Globecomm, long known for its customized engineering excellence and integration services, into a provider of complex network solutions for a range of vertical markets, including broadcasting and government. Mr. Miller accepted the award and noted the support he received from CEO David Hershberg and a team of "amazing managers and engineers" around the world.
SES AMERICOMreceived the association's new Nova Award for the development and successful rollout of its IP-PRIME service. By bestowing the first annual Nova Award on SES AMERICOM (USA), part of the SES family of companies, WTA saluted "daring innovation that significantly expanded the addressable market for satellite service providers." AMERICOM Chief Technology Officer Alan Young accepted the award on behalf of the company.
Commenting on the 2008 Awards program and recipients, WTA's Executive Director Robert A. Bell noted that, "WTA's awards committees faced a very impressive group of finalists from around the world this year. We were surprised by the resurgence of the American industry in claiming awards in 2008," he added. "Each represented focused and mature businesses that deliver high-value, innovation and reliable service to customers. We salute all of the finalists and congratulate the winners who collectively contributed to expanding the role of teleports in the global communications market."
Copies of photos, remarks from the ceremony and information about SES are available from WTA. Send an email to Rbarney@worldteleport.org, call +1 212-825-0218 (x104) or send a fax request to: +1 212-825-0075.
About World Teleport Association
Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (www.worldteleport.org) has been the only trade association that focuses on 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 hybrid carriers. WTA is dedicated to helping teleport operators to improve their operations, develop their markets and grow their businesses within the $13 billion teleport sector of the global satellite industry. Companies that do business with teleports also find that WTA is the best investment they can make to open new channels to the industry.
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