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Teleport Awards For Excellence 2003
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Teleport Awards

The awards were presented at an invitational ceremony and luncheon on Wednesday, February 26, at SATELLITE 2003 in Washington DC.

Teleport Operator of the Year
Kingston inmedia

Kingston inmedia is the satellite-centric broadband applications provider of U.K.-based Kingston Communications. The company focuses on enhancing its collaborations with customers and satellite operators to gain a competitive edge. It joins technology and innovation with a genuine desire to go beyond delivery and exceed a customer’s expections. The company is focused on developing innovative applications for customers in three primary markets: broadcast, enterprise, and carrier. Its two teleports in Gerrards Cross and Bedford are examples of gateways that support a corporate commitment to innovation, customer service, and technology.

Angus Blackwood, Kingston inmedia, accepts 2003 Teleport Operator of the Year Award
Teleport Developer of the Year
Hawaii Pacific Teleport

Hawaii Pacific Teleport (HPT) connects global businesses through a network of satellites and fiber optic cables from North America to the Indian subcontinent. Unlike American mainland teleports, HPT can ‘see’ all the Asia-Pacific orbital slots between 128E and 165E. There are currently five Asian satellites with spot beams on Hawaii and HPT is the only FCC-licensed teleport with antennas pointed at three of those. This coverage enables HPT to serve customers located as far west as Pakistan and in all countries eastward to Hawaii plus customers in Australia, New Zealand, and many Pacific Islands.

Vince Waterson, Vice President, Business Development, Hawaii Pacific Teleport

Norberto Alvarez Vitale, President, Teleport Internacional Buenos Aires

Teleport Executives of the Year
Norberto Alvarez Vitale
President,
Teleport Internacional Buenos Aires;

Thomas Sheddan
President,
Atlanta International Teleport

Norberto Alvarez Vitale founded Teleport Internacional Buenos Aires (TIBA) to buy and install the equipment necessary to convert broadcasters' contribution and distribution operations from analog to digital, with TIBA controlling the additional bandwidth created by digitization Within 5 years, the company created a video community of over 20 local and regional channels. Under the direction of Mr. Vitale, the company has expanded dramatically and today manages a portfolio of transmission services as well as satellite communication data services.

With a strategy that focuses on a careful selection of customers, Thomas Sheddan, has not only managed a profitable independent teleport but has also successfully entered the emerging markets of the Western Hemisphere. With a small but full-service operation, Mr. Sheddan has helped facilitate entrepreneurial carriers and partners within the borders of developing markets, establishing links and creating needs that have driven further expansion of bandwidth demand.

Tom Sheddan, Chairman and CEO, Atlanta International Teleport

Teleport Technology of the Year
Hot-Air De-Icing Systems from W.B. Walton Enterprises

For 21 years, W.B. Walton Enterprises has been crucial in helping teleports and satellite earth station operators de-ice their dishes. Its continuous focus on its core business and commitment to quality, customer service, and innovation are examples of how a company can be successful over the long term in the satellite communications industry.

William B. Walton, President, W. B. Walton Enterprises

The Teleport Awards are sponsored by Intelsat,which offers telephony, corporate network, video and Internet solutions around the globe via capacity on 26 geosynchronous satellites in prime orbital locations. Customers in approximately 200 countries rely on Intelsat satellites and ground resources for quality connections, global reach, and reliability.

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