|Bob Lawson, Vice President accepts the Teleport Operator of the Year award on behalf of Verestar.|
|Howard Schwiebert, Manager for Telecommunications for Kapolei Teleport, winner of the Teleport Developer of the Year award, with Eutelsat CEO Giuliano Berretta.|
|Teleport Executive of the Year, John Romm of BT Broadcast Services with Eutelsat CEO Giuliano Berretta.|
|CEO Kay Guyer accepts the Teleport Techonology of the Year award on behalf of Mentat.|
Teleport Operator of the Year
Verestar, a unit of American Tower Corporation, grew rapidly through a series of acquisitions of 11 traditional teleports in the US and Switzerland from 1997 to 2001. This precedent-setting move created a global communications provider with over 40 locations and more than 185 antennas worldwide, a maritime communications business serving cruise ships and the oil and gas industry, and an international voice gateway switching business.
Teleport Developer of the Year
Kapolei Teleport is owned and managed by the Estate of James Campbell as part of the development of the new city of Kapolei on West Oahu, Hawaii, to rival downtown Honolulu as an urban center. While most teleports are owned and operated by a single communications provider, the Kapolei Teleport is home to numerous independent teleport and telecom companies, including TransVision International, Vision Accomplished, Loral Cyberstar, USAsia Telecom and Verizon Global Services. The model and the operators at the site have been successful enough that Kapolei recently completed a master plan to triple the capacity of the site.
Teleport Executive of the Year
Head of Global Commercial and Sales, BT Broadcast Services
One of the oldest players in the industry, BT Broadcast Services moved aggressively last year to expand its business on several fronts. By opening a new state-of-the-art digital teleport in Los Angeles, the company has added another link to its ever-growing global infrastructure. It also launched a new digital fiber network call i-View, linking its media centers in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, its point of presence in New York, and their London and Paris facilities. Playing a major role in these developments has been Jon Romm, a well-known figure in the satellite industry. Working with the UK-based team led by Managing Director Mark Smith, Jon has helped realize BT's global services vision for the broadcast industry, and to extend it into the digital realm.
Teleport Technology of the Year
The SkyX® line of products from Mentat
Founded in 1987, Mentat was an early contributer to the evolution of the TCP/IP protocol that underlies the Internet. Today, its SkyX line of products use a unique connection-splitting and protocol-translation system to overcome the limitations of TCP/IP in satellite applications. The SkyX Gateway and SkyX Client/Server solutions boost performance both for Internet access and private networks.