Top Teleport Operators
In 2004, the list of the world’s top 10 operators of satellite ground segment was dominated by companies that have been frequently in the headlines, including Intelsat, PanAmSat and Ascent Media. But the list also included less well-known but well-established companies, from Inmedia Communications of the UK to Globecomm Systems, Inc. of the USA. Of the top 10, six are satellite carriers or satellite/terrestrial carriers that have vertically integrated teleports into their facilities and services. The other four offer some form of integrated service – from TV production and content distribution to systems integration and network operation – that bundles teleport services into a value-added package.
The combined annual revenues of the Top Ten Operators exceeded $3 billion, with individual companies ranging from nearly $1 billion to less than $50 million. In ranking the Top Ten, WTA has not reported individual revenue information, because many of the operators are privately-held companies that shared their information in confidence with the association. Click here for the 2004 ranking of Top Teleport Operators by Revenue Growth.
|1||Intelsat (Pembroke, Bermuda) |
Through a global fleet of 28 satellites and teleports based in the US, Europe and Asia, Intelsat offers ure, flexible and rapidly deployable communications services and managed solutions to customers in approximately 200 countries and territories for video, enterprise, voice and data, Internet and government applications.
|2||PanAmSat (Wilton, Connecticut, USA)|
PanAmSat Corporation operates a global network of 22 in-orbit spacecraft and five US-based teleports reaching 98 percent of the world's population through cable television systems, broadcast affiliates, direct-to-home operators, Internet service providers, and telecommunications companies.
|3||GlobeCast (Paris, France) |
GlobeCast operates a global network of satellite platforms to deliver professional broadcast, enterprise and retail media, government communications and a growing range of file-based multimedia content. A subsidiary of France Telecom, the company is present on five continents, accessible through 15 teleports and technical operation centers in the world’s leading media hubs.
|4||Telesat Canada (Monteal, Quebec, Canada)|
Telesat operates a fleet of satellites and a network of six teleports in two nations for the provision of broadcast distribution and telecommunications services. Telesat is also a respected consultant and partner in satellite ventures around the world.
|5||Space Communications Corporation (Tokyo, Japan)|
SCC operates four Superbird satellites in geostationary orbits, as well as providing satellite links for video transmission, satellite broadcasting, high-speed digital communications, and emergency network support. Through its SCC Teleport Center, one of the largest in Japan, the company provides uplink and other operational services, consulting, applications development, satellite Internet/Intranet services, broadband content distribution, and digital content distribution services for cable TV operators.
|6||Ascent Media Network Services (Santa Monica, California, USA) |
Ascent Media Network Services (AMNS) is a division of Ascent Media Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media. With a distribution system of interconnected facilities and teleports in the US, Europe and Asia, AMNS' complete set of distribution solutions range from turnkey, multi-channel network origination and transmission capabilities to designing and constructing local broadcast facilities and satellite networks.
|7||Telenor Satellite Services (Fornebu, Norway) |
Telenor Satellite Services delivers mobile data, high-speed data, Internet access, e-mail, fax and voice communications services to the maritime, aeronautical, and land mobile industries. Telenor Satellite Services owns and operates a global network of teleports located in Norway, the U.S., the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Slovakia, providing worldwide services to ships at sea, emergency response teams, news-gathering organizations, natural resource exploration companies, international businesses, the aviation industry and governments. Telenor uses the satellite systems of Inmarsat, Intelsat, Iridium, New Skies, Satmex and Spacecom as well as its own satellites to provide global coverage for its services.
|8||Inmedia Communications(Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, UK)|
Winner of the 2003 Teleport Operator of the Year award, Inmedia is an independent global communications company using a combination of satellite and terrestrial infrastructure to deliver services to the broadcast, enterprise and international carrier markets. A diverse range of international customers trust Inmedia to develop and deliver high quality and flexible solutions that include permanent and occasional broadcast services and IP, voice and data networks.
|9||Globecomm Systems, Inc. (Hauppauge, New York, USA)|
Globecomm Systems, Inc. operates the Long Island International Teleport and provides systems integration services. For its customers, the company offers end-to-end satellite-based communication solutions; develops and installs telecommunications and broadcast systems; and provides Internet and telecommunication connections worldwide. Globecomm was WTA’s Teleport Operator of the Year in 2001.
|10||Teleport Internacional Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina) |
TIBA is a leading Latin American carrier for video, audio, data & Internet, having its headquarters in Buenos Aires, teleports in Brazil and Uruguay, commercial offices in Miami, and a large SNG vehicle fleet for satellite broadcasting. TIBA provides services in 85 countries throughout the Americas, Africa and Middle East, and had been chosen by Intelsat as its primary video sales channel in Latin America. Its CEO was WTA’s Teleport Executive of the Year in 2003.
2004 Top Teleport Operators by Revenue Growth