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WTA Announces the Top Teleport Operator Rankings for 2007

Monday, November 5, 2007   (0 Comments)
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(New York City, November 5, 2007) The World Teleport Association (WTA) announced today its rankings of the Top Teleport Operators of 2007 in three categories: the Global Top Twenty, the Independent Top Twenty, and the Fast Twenty. WTA’s annual rankings provide the only independently compiled rankings of teleport operating companies. The 2007 rankings offer a look into the vital, fast-changing teleport sector.

Rankings are based on information submitted by the companies as well as the published results of publicly-held corporations. The rankings include companies that own and operate teleports, whether this is their primary business or a platform for providing a broader array of services to customers.

The Global Top Twenty

The Global Top Twenty ranks companies based on revenues from all sources and includes all operators. As the owner of US telco Broadwing as well as international fiber networks and Vyvx, Level 3 Communications was the surprise leader in the Global Top Twenty. The total revenues of the Global Top Twenty exceed US$12.8 billion, with individual companies ranging from over $3 billion to under $100 million. In order from largest to smallest, the Global Top Twenty of 2007 are:

1. Level 3 Communications (USA)11. Schlumberger (UK)
2. SES Global (Luxembourg)12. Hispasat (Spain)
3. Intelsat (Bermuda)13. Loral Skynet (USA)
4. Eutelsat (France)14. Space Communications Corp. (Japan)
5. Stratos Global (USA)15. Globecomm Systems (USA)
6. GlobeCast (France)16. Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (Norway)
7. Telesat Canada (Canada)17. CapRock Communications (USA)
8. JSAT (Japan)18. AsiaSat (China)
9. Shin Satellite (Thailand)19. ND SatCom (Germany)
10. Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions (UK)20. Spacenet (USA)

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 focused relentlessly on innovation and value delivery. The total revenues of the Independent Top Twenty exceed $2.2 billion, with individual companies ranging from over a half billion dollars to under $20 million. In order from largest to smallest, the Independent Top Twenty of 2007 are:

1. Stratos Global (USA)11. UpLit (USA)
2. GlobeCast (France)12. TIBA (Argentina)
3. Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions (UK)13. Datasat Communications (UK)
4. Schlumberger (UK)14. Essel Shyam Communications (India)
5. Globecomm Systems (USA)15. Emerging Markets Communications (USA)
6. CapRock Communications (USA)16. Satlink Communications (Israel)
7. ND SatCom (Germany)17. ATCi (USA)
8. Spacenet (USA)18. Telecommunication Systems (USA)
9. Satlynx (Luxembourg)19. Jordan Media City (Jordan)
10. RRSat Global Communications (Israel)20. Newcom International (USA)

The Fast Twenty

The Fast Twenty ranks all teleport-operating companies based on year-over-year revenue growth in their most recent fiscal years. (For individual growth rates, see the WTA Web site.) Revenues of the Fast Twenty exceed $7.5 billion. Israel-based Satlink led the pack with a stellar 116.28% growth rate. Though the teleport operations of Vyvx make up a small portion of its revenue, fiber giant Level 3 also made the Fast Twenty by virtue of its aggressive series of acquisitions, as did Fast Twenty companies Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions, and Uplit. From the fastest of the fast, the Fast Twenty of 2007 are:

1. Satlink Communications (Israel)11. UpLit (USA)
2. Level 3 Communications (USA)12. Shin Satellite (Thailand)
3. Essel Shyam Communications (India)13. SES Global (Luxembourg)
4. Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions (UK)14. Emerging Markets Communications (USA)
5. Gascom (Russia)15. Telecommunication Systems (USA)
6. Stratos Global (USA)16. Hispasat (Spain)
7. Newcom International (USA)17. Globecomm Systems (USA)
8. TIBA (Argentina)18. CapRock Communications (USA)
9. RRSat Global Communications (Israel)19. ATCi (USA)
10. Satlynx (Luxembourg)20. Spacenet (USA)

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 unique rankings reflect the often unappreciated realities of the marketplace, according to WTA Executive Director Robert Bell.

"Teleports are critical for adding value for satellite carriers, fiber carriers, technology providers, systems integrators, and a broad variety of specialized service providers," said Bell. "Once almost entirely satellite-based, teleports now deploy a broad range of transmission and content management technology to meet their customers' needs. In compiling the rankings, WTA looks at the teleport sector as a whole and broken by individual segments, which allows us to see even the smallest players who are achieving outstanding growth.”

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 is dedicated to helping teleport operators to improve their operations, develop their markets and grow their businesses within the $13 billion teleport sector of the global satellite 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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