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Since 1995, WTA has presented annual awards to companies and individuals who have dramatically demonstrated excellence in the field of teleport operations, development and technology. Winners receive a presentation photograph, an Award, and assistance with promotion of their achievement. The Teleport Awards for Excellence are presented on the opening day of the annual SATELLITE conference and exhibition in National Harbor, MD,  during a luncheon ceremony to which WTA members are invited and SATELLITE attendees may attend by paying a small registration fee.


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Presented at an invitational ceremony and luncheon on Tuesday, March 8 at SATELLITE 2016 in National Harbor, MD.

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Independent Teleport Operator of the Year
STN (Slovenia) Since its inception in 2004, STN, the Satellite Telecommunications Network, has significantly grown to become a leader amongst teleports on a global scale. With world-class facilities that elevate industry standards, STN is a provider of solutions for broadcast over satellite. In addition to its cutting-edge facilities, STN is celebrated for its quality of services that include multiple solutions, satellites and platforms. Its specialty is tailoring services to ideally suit individual customer’s requirements, making it a single state-of-the-art emporium with quality highlighting everything you need. STN’s range of expertise is diverse, enabling the company to facilitate single channel start-ups as well as transmit multiple top-tier direct-to-home satellite platforms, while serving everything in between. Through professionalism and vast industry knowledge, STN has earned a reputation that is punctuated by reliability, trustworthiness, high quality and an unrivalled turnaround time. It is a trusted partner of choice to hundreds of channels to date

Teleport Technology of the Year
DataMiner by Skyline Communications (Belgium). DataMiner is the most advanced end-to-end multi-vendor network management and OSS solution available for the satellite, broadcast, IPTV and HFC broadband industries. One interface to manage your entire operational ecosystem, across any vendor and technology boundaries, results in a significant reduction of operational expenses and increased quality of service. This award winning solution enables end-to-end integration of the most complex technical ecosystems and has been deployed by leading operators around the world.
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Teleport Executive of the Year
Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast (Australia). Under the leadership of Pierre-Jean Beylier, known as PJ, SpeedCast executed six acquisitions in 2015, significantly growing the company’s revenue, while achieving 99% retention of the staff in the acquired companies. This remarkable performance stems from corporate values summed up in the acronym “CAST” – Customer-focused, Agile and responsive, Success through people & safety and Team spirit. The work of integrating these acquisitions is called Project Bordeaux, whose goal is to turn six companies into one streamlined and efficient organization. Project Bordeaux stresses communication: giving all team members visibility into what the organization is doing, what it has achieved and what is coming next. The result has been increasing cross-team collaboration leading to a higher “win” ratio and faster project delivery.

Crystal, was the underwriter of the 2016 Teleport Awards for Excellence Ceremony and Luncheon. Founded in 1986, Crystal designs and delivers network monitoring and management solutions that improve operational efficiency, analyze errors, and enhance system resiliency, particularly for businesses that deal with complex and dispersed distribution pathways. Crystal prides itself on building long-term, trusted partnerships with our customers. These relationships drive innovation for Crystal’s next generation solutions. The innovation and solutions provided by Crystal translate into greater operational efficiency and higher profitability for our customers. Every day, program and advertising content worth billions of dollars flows through equipment managed by Crystal for leading media, enterprise, and satellite customers — including Fox, CNN, Disney, and Intelsat. Crystal, a privately held company, is headquartered in Greater Atlanta, GA.

2015 Teleport Awards For Excellence Photos
Independent Teleport Operator of the Year
Onlime (Germany) Onlime brings together the solid technical expertise of CET Teleport in Germany with the extensive developing world experience of the Limeline Group to lead the way in high-quality, secure and reliable business communications for enterprise customers across the globe. The teleport, operational since 1987, provides access to over 200 geostationary satellites. Its extensive coverage across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia through the Caribbean and South America is supplemented by dedicated access to a growing network of international fiber cables

 

 

Teleport Technology of the Year
Newtec Dialog ® with Mx-DMA™ (Belgium). The Newtec Dialog ® platform is a scalable and flexible multiservice satellite communications platform that allows satellite service providers to build and adapt their network easily as their business grows. Its advantages include supporting a wide range of applications and services on a single platform, 15% efficiency improvement with Newtec’s Clean Channel technology, 50% bandwidth saving with Newtec Mx-DMA return link technology, and more.
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Teleport Executive of the Year
Jorge Luis Villarreal Schutz, CEO of Elara Comunicaciones (Mexico). A successful entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the satellite industry, Villarreal Schutz is the founder of an outstanding telecommunications company that has transformed satellite connectivity. His company has excelled in ethics, professionalism and commitment, continuously fostering the use of tailor-made satellite solutions through values such as customer service, honesty, teamwork and innovation, allowing him to reach others and generate a positive impact by providing satellite technology in new frontiers.

SES, was the underwriter of the 2015 Teleport Awards for Excellence Ceremony and Luncheon. SES is the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and Internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organizations worldwide. SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.

2014 Teleport Awards For Excellence Photos | Video

Independent Teleport Operator of the Year
Arqiva (United Kingdom). Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, operates at the heart of the broadcast, satellite, and mobile communications markets. The company is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world. Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite, and wireless communications in the UK and has a significant presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the independent radio groups, major telco providers including UK’s five mobile network operators, and the emergency services. Arqiva is now a four-time recipient of the Independent Teleport Operator of the Year Award, having won the award in 2003, 2007, and 2011.

Teleport Technology of the Year
SapphireBlu HPA from Advantech Wireless (Canada). Featuring high power density in a compact, rugged and weatherproof package, the SapphireBlu series of UltraLinear GaN technology based SSPAs and BUCs are the ultimate Solution for DTH TV. With considerable reduction and size, weight, and energy consumption the new SapphireBlu Series of SSPIA and BUCs provide high power, high reliability and low intermod distortions. From one antenna, one HPA is able to simultaneously transmit to all transponders of a specific satellite, regular or extended bands.
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Teleport Executive of the Year
Avi Cohen, CEO of RRsat Global Communications Network (Israel). Mr. Cohen was named the CEO of RRsat in July 2012. His challenge was to take RRsat – already a global player – to the next level of business success and value creation. Over the last 12 months, Mr. Cohen has led RRsat in its "Glocal” strategy – become a global leader with local footprints in key markets around the world. Part of this strategy included two acquisitions: SM2 Sports & Media Solutions and JCA TV. RRsat also consolidated two sites at Israeli HQ into a new state of the art Broadcast Center in Emek Haela. On the financial end, Mr. Cohen as led RRsat to all-time record results: expectation of full-year growth for 2013 revenues in the range of 6% to 10% year-over-year growth from 2012.

2013 Teleport Awards For Excellence Photos | Video

Independent Teleport Operator of the Year
du (United Arab Emirates). du provides a variety of integrated services including quad-play data, video and content services over fixed as well as mobile networks to residential and enterprise customers across the UAE. du Broadcast Services (Samacom) provides world-class professional broadcasting and Internet/data services via satellites to customer operating not only out of Dubai (55.28E longitude and 25.22N latitude) but also to regional and international customers through its world class teleport Samacom covering all the five continents. Currently, du Broadcast Services (Samacom) uplink more than 171 TV channels on different DTH platforms.

 

Teleport Technology of the Year
M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulator from Newtec (Belgium). Newtec's M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulator is the new generation DVB-S2, DVB-DSNG and DVB-S modulator specifically designed for broadcast direct-to-home (DTH), primary distribution to headends and contribution of television and radio content. The M6100 can be used in conjunction with set-top boxes, professional IRD’s or professional satellite demodulators such as the AZ910.

 

 

Teleport Executive of the Year
Bill Tillson, Co-CEO of Encompass Digital Media (USA). Mr. Tillson’s second consecutive award was due to the impressive growth Encompass has achieved through a series of acquisitions and strategic alignments by Mr. Tillson, beginning with the purchase of Andrita Studios in Los Angeles, and continuing through the company’s most recent acquisition, Teleport Internacional Buenos Aires (TIBA), in November of 2012.
2012 Teleport Awards For Excellence Photos | Video
Independent Teleport Operator of the Year
Jordan Media City (Jordan). Jordan Media City is a Free Zone broadcast facility based in Jordan. With 25 transponders on a range of satellites including ArabSat, NileSat, Yahsat, Hot Bird and AsiaSat 1A, JMC has established itself as a leader in providing DTH TV and radio services, standard definition in MPEG 2 and 4 as well as high definition in MPEG 4.

 

 

 

 

Teleport Technology of the Year
NS3™ from NovelSat (Israel). NovelSat’s NS3 satellite communication bandwidth optimization technology offers spectral efficiency based on new satellite modulation technology that boosts bandwidth over DVB-S2. NS3 increases satellite bandwidth capacity by 20%-78% and 55%-110% over current DVB-S2 and DVB-S standards, respectively.

 

 

  

 

Teleport Executive of the Year
Bill Tillson, President and COO of Encompass Digital Media (USA). Encompass Digital Media is the product of a series of acquisitions and strategic alignments by Mr. Tillson and Encompass CEO Simon Bax. Under his leadership, the company has also expanded its horizons beyond sports, media and entertainment by launching a government solutions unit.

2011 Teleport Awards For Excellence Photos | Video
  • Independent Teleport Operator of the Year: Arqiva Broadcast and Media (United Kingdom)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Award: Thaicom (Thailand)
  • Teleport Executive of the Year: Adrian Ballintine, President and Founder of NewSat Ltd (Australia)
  • Teleport Technology of the Year: XipLink Hub Optimizations (Canada)
2010 Teleport Awards For Excellence
  • Independent Teleport Operator of the Year: Broadcast Facilities, Inc. (United States)
  • Green Teleport of the Year: Essel Shyam Communication (India)
  • Teleport Executive of the Year: Jaime Dickinson, President of NewCom International (United States)
  • Teleport Technology of the Year: Comtech EF Data’s CDM-625 Advanced Satellite Modem with VersaFEC®(United States)
2009 Teleport Awards For Excellence
  • Independent Teleport Operator of the Year: RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd (Israel)
  • Corporate Teleport Operator of the Year: Gazprom Space Systems (Russia)
  • Teleport Technology of the Year: Newtec's FlexACM (Belgium)
  • Teleport Executive of the Year: Doug Tutt, Chief Operating Officer and President of Global Energy Services, CapRock Communications (United States)
2008 Teleport Awards For Excellence
  • Independent Teleport Operator of the Year: CapRock Communications (United States)
  • Corporate Teleport Operator of the Year: Entertainment Sports Programming Network (ESPN) Broadcast Center (United States)
  • Teleport Executive of the Year
    Kenneth Miller, President and Chief Operating Officer, Globecomm Systems (United States)
  • Teleport Technology of the Year
    Group QoS and Global NMS,  iDirect Technologies (United States)
  • Nova Award: IP-PRIME, SES AMERICOM (United States)
2007 Teleport Awards For Excellence
  • Independent Teleport Operator of the Year: Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions (United Kingdom)
  • Corporate Teleport Operator of the Year: Echostar Satellite LLC (United States)
  • Teleport Executive of the Year: David Rivel, Founder & CEO, RRSat Global Communications Network (Israel)
  • Teleport Technology of the Year
    Double Talk Carrier-in-Carrier (C-in-C), Comtech EF Data (United States)
    2006 Teleport Awards For Excellence
    • Independent Teleport Operator of the Year: Crawford Communications (United States)
    • Corporate Teleport Operator of the Year: Schlumberger Global Connectivity Services (United Kingdom).
    • Teleport Executive of the Year: Nick Thompson, Managing Director, Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions (United Kingdom).
    • Teleport Technology of the Year: The 5IF Mobile VSAT Antennas with Roto-Lok Cable Drive, AvL Technologies (United States).
    2005 Teleport Awards For Excellence
    • Teleport Operator of the Year: Teleport Internacional Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    • Teleport Developer of the Year: CapRock Communications (United States)
    • Teleport Executive of the Year: David Sprechman, President & CEO, GlobeCast America (United States/France)
    • Teleport Technology of the Year: 5IF Hub and NetModem System, iDirect Technologies (United States)
    2004 Teleport Awards For Excellence
    • Teleport Operator of the Year: Stellar Data Broadcast Services GmbH (Germany)
    • Teleport Developer of the Year:SkyPort Teleport, SkyPort International (United States)
    • Teleport Executive of the Year: Brent J. Gale, Vice President of Satellite and Broadcast Operations, EchoStar (United States).
    • Teleport Technology of the Year: Motorola DigiCipher® II (United States)
    2003 Teleport Awards For Excellence
    • Teleport Operator of the Year: Kingston inmedia (United Kingdom)
    • Teleport Developer of the Year: Hawaii Pacific Teleport (United States)
    • Teleport Executives of the Year: Norberto Alvarez Vitale, President, Teleport Internacional Buenos Aires (Argentina). and Thomas Sheddan, President, Atlanta International Teleport (United States).
    • Teleport Technology of the Year: Hot-Air De-Icing Systems from W.B. Walton Enterprises (United States)
    2002 Teleport Awards For Excellence
    • Teleport Operator of the Year: Verestar, USA
    • Teleport Developer of the Year: Kapolei Teleport, USA
    • Teleport Executive of the Year: Jon Romm, Head of Global Commercial and Sales, BT Broadcast Services
    • Teleport Technology of the Year: The SkyX® line of products from Mentat
    2001 Teleport Awards For Excellence
    • Teleport Operator of the Year: Globecomm Systems, Hauppauge, New York, USA
    • Teleport Developer of the Year: Carrier to Carrier Telecom, The Netherlands
    • Teleport Executives of the Year: Laura Kenny, President; Wes Hanemayer, Vice President, Advertising Distribution Services; and Bob Doty, Jr., Director of Teleport Operations; all of Williams Vyvx Services.
    • Teleport Technology of the Year: The CrystalVision2000, Crystal Computer Corporation, Buford, Georgia, USA
    2000 Teleport Awards For Excellence
    • Teleport Operator of the Year: Teleglobe
    • Teleport Developer of the Year: Merlin Communications
    • Teleport Executive of the Year: Robert Behar, President and CEO, Globecast America; and Carl Cangelosi, President and COO, ATC Teleports
    1998 Teleport Awards For Excellence
    • Operating Teleport of the Year: Holmdel International Gateway, ICG Satellite Services
    • Developing Teleport of the Year: Teleport Rio de Janeiro
    • Teleport Executive of the Year: Brian Scott, Chief Engineer, Business Development, Kingston Teleport London International
    1997 Teleport Awards For Excellence
    • Operating Teleport of the Year: Osaka Teleport
    • Developing Teleport of the Year: Sunderland Teleport
    • Teleport Executive of the Year: Peter Marshall, Vice Chairman, GlobeCast
    • Founder’s Award: Candace Johnson, Founder & Director, Teleport Europe
      1996 Teleport Awards For Excellence
      • Operating Teleport of the Year: London Teleport, British Telecom
      • Developing Teleport of the Year: World Teleport Malaysia
      • Teleport Executive of the Year: Carlos Ronderos, President, Teleport Santa Barbara
      • Founder’s Award: Rene Anselmo, Founder & CEO, PanAmSat
      1995 Teleport Awards For Excellence
      • Operating Teleport of the Year: Focus Teleport Berlin
      • Developing Teleport of the Year: Tokyo Teleport Town
      • Teleport Executive of the Year: Stephen G. Tom, President and CEO, Washington International Teleport
      Nominations and Awards Criteria

      For complete information on the awards criteria, and nomination forms, visit the Awards Criteria page.

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