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Teleport Awards For Excellence 2008
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Teleport Awards

Presented at an invitation ceremony and luncheon on Tuesday, February 26 at SATELLITE 2008 in Washington DC, USA.

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Independent Teleport Operator of the Year
CapRock Communications
United States

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)
United States

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 Executive of the Year
Kenneth Miller
President & Chief Operating Officer, Globecomm
United States

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.

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Teleport Technology of the Year
Group QoS and Global NMS from iDirect Technologies
United States

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.

 

Nova Award
IP-PRIME by SES AMERICOM
United States

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.

SES, the underwriter of World Teleport Association's 12th Annual Teleport Awards for Excellence Ceremony and Luncheon, With 99% of the world's population living within the footprints of the satellites of our operating companies, SES provides truly global coverage. Located in prime orbital slots and covering the earth's landmasses, the spacecraft fleet which are fully owned by SES include the ASTRA satellites in Europe, the AMERICOM satellites in North America and the NEW SKIES satellites in Africa, South America, the Middle East and parts of Asia. SES also has interests in and partly owns SES SIRIUS, QuetzSat and Ciel.

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