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World Teleport Association Announces the Top Teleport Operator Rankings for 2008

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Due to an editorial error, one company was inadvertently omitted from the Global Top Twenty and Fast Twenty rankings: the Russian communications company Gascom. We apologize for the error and are re-issuing the 2008 rankings, which now include the Global Top Twenty-One companies and the Fast Twenty-One companies.

(New York City, November 11, 2008) -- The World Teleport Association (WTA) announced today its rankings of the Top Teleport Operators of 2008, providing a unique look into the diverse teleport sector of the global communications industry. Rankings are reported in three categories: the Global Top Twenty, the Independent Top Twenty, and the Fast Twenty.

The Global Top Twenty-One

The Global Top Twenty ranks companies based on revenues from all customized communications sources and includes operators of teleports, satellite fleets and fiber networks. For the second year running, Level 3, owner of Vyvx, is at the top of the Global Top Twenty, based on satellite and fiber revenue figures that exclude the switched voice business of the former Broadwing. New to the list this year are EchoStar Satellite Services (the satellite services unit of DTH operator EchoStar), Telecommunications Systems, RRsat Global Communications, Satlynx, and Measat. In order from largest to smallest, the Global Top Twenty-One of 2008 are:

1. Level 3 (USA)
2. Intelsat (Bermuda)
3. SES Global (Luxembourg)
4. Eutelsat (France)
5. Stratos Global (USA)
6. GlobeCast (France)
7. EchoStar Satellite Services (USA)
8. Telesat (Canada)
9. Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions (UK)
10. CapRock Communications (USA)
11. Globecomm Systems (USA)
12. Thaicom (Thailand)
13. Schlumberger (UK)
14. Hispasat (Spain)
15. Telecommunications Systems (USA)
16. AsiaSat (Hong Kong)
17. Spacenet (USA)
18. Gascom (Russia)
19. RRsat Global Communications (Israel)
20. Satlynx (Luxembourg)
21. Measat (Malaysia)

The Independent Top Twenty

The Independent Top Twenty ranks companies based on revenue from all sources, but excludes companies whose core business is ownership and operation of a satellite fleet or terrestrial network. These twenty companies have a proven track record and commitment to innovation and providing value-added services. In order from largest to smallest, the Independent Top Twenty of 2008 are:

1. Stratos Global (USA)
2. GlobeCast (France)
3. Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions (UK)
4. CapRock Communications (USA)
5. Globecomm Systems (USA)
6. Schlumberger (UK)
7. Telecommunications Systems (USA)
8. Spacenet (USA)
9. RRsat Global Communications (Israel)
10. Broadpoint (USA)
11. Emerging Markets Communications (USA)
12. Telepuerto Internacional Buenos Aires (Argentina)
13. Satlink Communications (Israel)
14. ATCi (USA)
15. Telekom Austria (sat-related only) (Austria)
16. Essel Shyam Communications (India)
17. Skyport International (USA)
18. Jordan Media City (Jordan)
19. Newcom International (USA)
20. CET Teleport (Germany)

The Fast Twenty-One

The Fast Twenty ranks all teleport-operating companies based on year-over-year revenue growth in their most recent fiscal years. CapRock Communications led the fast pack with an impressive 95.83% growth rate. Hot on their heels was Arqiva with 87.66%. An honorable mention goes to Europe Media Port, a 2008 start-up with a tremendous first-year showing but no prior year of results on which its growth rate could be calculated. From the fastest of the fast, the Fast Twenty-One of 2008 are:

1. CapRock Communications (USA)
2. Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions (UK)
3. Skyport International (USA)
4. Satlink Communications (Israel)
5. Emerging Markets Communications (USA)
6. Gascom (Russia)
Measat (Malaysia)
8. Stratos Global (USA)
9. ATCi (USA)
10. Central European Telecom Services (Germany)
11. CET Teleport (Germany)
12. Globecomm Systems (USA)
13. RRsat Global communications (Israel)
14. EchoStar Satellite Services (USA)
15. Level 3 (USA)
16. Telepuerto Internacional Buenos Aires (Argentina)
17. Telecommunications Systems (USA)
18. Schlumberger (UK)
19. du (Emirates Integrated Telecom Co.) (UAE)
20. Essel Shyam Communications (India)
21. Telekom Austria (sat-related only) (Austria)

About the Top Operator Rankings

The Top Operator rankings are compiled by surveying teleport operators around the world on their facilities, services and business results. These rankings provide a unique insight into the often unappreciated realities of the teleport sector.

"Our most recent study of the sector, titled New Markets, New Services, New Competition, illustrates the great diversity of the teleport sector in terms of customers and industries served," said Robert Bell, WTA Executive Director. "The commercial teleport business got its start uplinking video for TV channels. That still contributes 35% of the sector's revenues, but terrestrial carriers, enterprises and government combined now contribute over 47%. The entrepreneurial spirit that got this industry on its feet will, no doubt, serve it well as the industry negotiates the current financial uncertainties and the certain changes still to come.”

The complete rankings are available on WTA's Web site by going to and clicking on the Top Operators link on the News menu.

About World Teleport Association

Since 1985, the World Teleport Association ( has been the only trade association that focuses on 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 hybrid carriers. WTA advocates for the interests of teleport operators worldwide and promotes excellence in business practice, operations and technology within the $13 billion teleport sector of the global communications industry. Companies that do business with teleports also find that WTA is the best investment they can make to open new channels to the industry.

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