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Speedcast Achieves Provisional Certification for Three Australian Teleports from WTA

Monday, March 26, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Owen
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(March 26, 2018 – New York City) – The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Speedcast has achieved provisional certification of three teleports in Australia: Bayswater (Perth, Western Australia), Henderson (Western Australia) and Mawson Lakes (Adelaide, South Australia) under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program. Further certification of Speedcast teleports globally will be forthcoming.

Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity, with 16 teleports currently engaged in the quality evaluation process and certifications already issued to teleports owned by Eutelsat, du, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Horizon, Media Broadcast, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Vivacom, Cyta, Batelco and Arqiva.

To achieve Provisional Certification, a teleport operator completes a +170-item questionnaire and submits it to WTA. The Association analyzes the data based on standards established by its Certification Committee and issues the Provisional Certification based on the self-reported information. The teleport then has six months to achieve Full Certification. To achieve Full Certification under WTA’s program, an auditor is dispatched to visit the teleport, provide independent validation of the data submitted in the questionnaire and identify additional factors that may positively or negatively affect the score. Full Certification is issued at a Tier number from 1 through 4, of which 4 represents the highest degree of excellence, and remains in effect for 3 years.

“As Speedcast continues to expand our global infrastructure to support customers that are increasingly reliant on connectivity and higher throughput, we are focused on becoming the business partner of choice providing the highest quality of service” said Keith Johnson, COO of Speedcast. “The WTA certification program demonstrates our focus on quality by meeting the requirements of the only certification program for teleports, facilities, and technical infrastructure in our industry.”

 “The teleport industry faces increased competition for complex managed services, which are the specialty of operators like Speedcast, from satellite operators and cloud service providers,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell. “Certification defines the quality difference that will keep teleport operators competitive in the market.”

WTA’s Teleport Certification Program serves both teleport operators and their customers by creating an objective, transparent, and internationally accepted method for teleport operators to document the quality of their operations for customers and strategic partners. It also provides a means for customers to select teleport vendors delivering the price-performance level that is appropriate for their applications. Click here for a list of certified teleports.

For more information about the Teleport Certification Program, visit http://www.worldteleport.org/?page=Certification or email WTA Membership Director Randall Barney at rbarney@worldteleport.org.
 
About World Teleport Association
Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (
www.worldteleport.org) has focused on improving the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations.

For More Information
Matthew Owen
Communications Manager
World Teleport Association
mowen@worldteleport.org
212-825-0218 x105

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