Presented at an invitation ceremony and luncheon on Wednesday, March 25 at SATELLITE 2008 in Washington DC, USA.
Independent Teleport Operator of the Year
RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd
RRsat was chosen as Independent Teleport Operator of the Year based on an impressive year of accomplishments that included two major acquisitions, inauguration of an HD playout center, additional satellite platforms added to the portfolio, and launches of new TV channels. RRsat provides comprehensive global satellite and fiber distribution services including production, playout, uplink, downlink, turnaround services, as well as end-to-end transmission for television, radio and data channels. The company was founded in 1991 with one teleport and four SNG trucks. In 2009 RRsat completed the acquisition of two teleports – Hawley Teleport in Pike County, Pennsylvania, USA and the Emeq Ha’ela Teleport in Israel, bringing its count to six teleports. RRsat also expanded its capabilities with the inauguration of a new HD playout center. Four additional satellite platforms were added during the year to the 30 satellite platforms already in operation, expanding coverage with a new solution for cable operators in Russia and Asia, and additional DTH services to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, Australia, and Asia. In November 2006 RRsat became one of the few publicly traded independent teleport operators in the world. Under the leadership of Founder and Chief Executive Officer, David Ravel, who was selected as the association’s 2007 Teleport Executive of the Year, RRsat was ranked in WTA’s list of the Global Top Twenty operators in 2008 as well as among the Independent Top Twenty for three consecutive years.
Corporate Teleport Operator of the Year
Gazprom Space Systems
Gazprom Space Systems was selected as the Corporate Teleport Operator of the Year based on a 48% revenue growth rate in 2008. Mixing support for Gazprom corporate operations with service to outside customers, Gazprom currently operates three mid-size Yamal satellites covering Russia/CIS and most of the Eastern hemisphere, four teleports in Moscow and the Moscow regions connected by a fiber network, as well as a wide network of earth stations across Russia. As an operator, service provider and system integrator, Gazprom serves over 200 customers with a satellite fill rate of over 90%. In 2008, the Gazprom Board of Directors approved a prospective plan for growing the space business through 2015 including the addition of eight satellites and building a new teleport in the Moscow region. Gazprom was listed to WTA’s Global Top Twenty in 2008 and to The Fast Twenty in 2008 and 2007.
Teleport Executive of the Year
Chief Operating Officer and President of Global Energy Services at CapRock Communications
Under Mr. Tutt’s leadership, in 2008 CapRock realized one of its largest revenue growth years since inception that resulted in recognition in Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies, the Houston Chronicle’s Top 100 Private Houston-based companies, and earned the top spot on WTA’s Fast 21 list of Top Teleport Operators of 2008.
Teleport Technology of the Year
In a time when companies are tightening budgets, a product that can help reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction and achieve high service reliabilities was the clear top choice. Newtec’s FlexACM is a unique end-to-end solution for implementing Adaptive Coding Modulation (ACM) technology, IP shaping, compression and acceleration in an efficient way for IP trunking and IP backbone satellite links. The implementation of FlexACM can result in a doubling of the data throughput in a given satellite segment while also guaranteeing a 100% link availability. FlexACM is the first commercially available system which integrates DVB-S2 ACM with advanced IP optimization technologies such as traffic accelerating, compression and shaping. In order to anticipate degrading link conditions, the FlexACM system relies on a unique patent-pending Noise and Distortion Estimator (NoDE) capability on each of the receiving points, resulting in the most accurate estimation available on the market. To further optimize efficiency, FlexACM includes cross layer optimization by using advanced features such as traffic acceleration to compensate for the transmission delay inherent in satellite communication, and dynamic "on-the-fly” compression of the IP traffic.
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.