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Etisalat Achieves Tier 4 Full Certification for Tawi Al Saman Teleport (UAE) from WTA

Monday, April 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Victoria Krisman
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(New York City – April 8, 2019) – The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Etisalat has achieved Tier 4 full certification of its Tawi Al Saman (Sharjah, UAE) Teleport under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program. Etisalat becomes the first in MENA region to achieve WTA Tier 4 Full Certification and brings up the number of Tier 4 fully certified teleports around the world to 12.

Since its introduction at IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) 2015, the certification program has quickly grown in popularity. Starting with one certified facility in 2015, the program has added more than 40 in 3 years, and currently has 10 teleports engaged in the quality evaluation process. The industry has quickly adopted the transparent, independently verified standards as a means for teleports to differentiate themselves and for customers to choose the price-performance level suitable for their applications.

Ali Amiri, Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer, Etisalat, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the Tier 4 WTA Full Certification for our teleport, an important indicator to our prospective and existing customers demonstrating the crucial importance of quality and security in our daily operations. At Etisalat, we take great pride in our facility and the high quality level of services we provide to our respected clients from all around the world.”

Full Certification under the WTA program is the result of a comprehensive data-collection and inspection process. A teleport operator completes a +170-item questionnaire and submits it to WTA. The association analyses the data based on standards established by its certification committee and issues the Provisional Certification based on the self-reported information. The teleport 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.

“I congratulate Etisalat on meeting the standards for Tier 4 Certification,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Our evaluation has proved challenging for even the best designed and operated facilities, as we detailed in our recent report, High Performance: Service Continuity. Certification at this level gives customers confidence in the technical and operational quality of their service provider.”

Certifications have been issued to teleports operated by Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Horizon, Media Broadcast Satellite, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Vivacom, Cyta, STN, SingTel, CETel, Etisalat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, Telespazio, Telstra, AXESAT and Arqiva.

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 or email WTA Membership Director Randall Barney at

About World Teleport Association
Since 1985, the World Teleport Association ( 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.

About Etisalat
Etisalat Group is one of the world’s leading telecom groups in emerging markets. Etisalat’s current market cap is AED 148 billion ($40.3billion). With consolidated net revenues at AED 52.4 billion and consolidated net profit of 8.6 billion for 2018. Its high credit ratings reflect the company’s strong balance sheet and proven long-term performance.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Etisalat was established over four decades ago in the UAE as the country’s first telecommunications service provider. An international blue-chip organization, Etisalat Group provides innovative solutions and services to 141 million subscribers in 15 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

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Victoria Krisman
Communications Associate
World Teleport Association

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