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World Teleport Association Publishes 2007 Edition of Sizing the Teleport Market Study

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Report identifies growth in all areas for teleports, including revenue growth of 17% to $15 billion; study includes statistics covering 155 nations

(New York City, July 23, 2007 - For Immediate Release) World Teleport Association (WTA) announced the publication of its anticipated 2007 update to the pioneering Sizing the Teleport Market study, originally published in 2004. Unlike the prior report, the 2007 study includes global, regional and national statistics not only for commercial teleports but also teleports owned and operated by broadcast, cable and DTH channels in 155 nations.

According to WTA, the study revealed some surprising views of the strength, growth and influence of the teleport industry. Commercial providers operate 57% of the world's teleports. They account for US$15 billion in transmission services revenues, up 17% from 2004, and US$3 billion in annual capital spending on communications and information technology equipment, up 19% from 2004. They also employ 73% of the labor force involved in teleport operations.

Broadcasters, by contrast, operate 43% of the world's teleports, account for less than $900 million in capital spending on communications and IT gear, and employ 27% of the ground segment labor force.

One-Quarter of All Satellite Services Revenue

The 2006 Satellite Industry Indicators study by Futron Corporation estimates worldwide satellite transmission revenues at $62.6 billion. With the teleport sector accounting for $15 billion of that total, nearly one-quarter of all transmission spending runs through the accounts of commercial teleport operators. Thus, teleports are a vital market channel for the world's satellite operators even as they have become increasingly diverse in their use of transmission technology, mixing satellite with fiber and increasingly with wireless for last-mile services.

Regional and National Hot Spots: North America Still the Largest Market with the Middle East Growing Swiftly

North America remains the single largest market for teleports services, with $4.1 billion in revenues, followed by Europe with $3.9bn. The fastest-growing regions for commercial teleport operations are the Middle East (61% revenue growth to $793m), Asia (50% growth to $3.5bn) and Russia/NIS (40% growth to $540m). By contrast, North America has grown at a stately 8% (to $3.3bn), Latin America at 7% (to $1.1bn) and Europe at 4%.

The top five countries for commercial teleport operators - the USA, UK, India, Canada and Germany - experienced modest revenue growth ranging from a low of 7% in the US to a high of 23% in Canada. The growth leaders are Israel (255%), the Philippines (103%), Portugal (85%), Sweden (70%), South Korea (58%) and Malaysia (57%).

Integrating Satellite into Complex Network Applications

"This report definitely provides some counter-intuitive conclusions," said WTA Executive Director and study author Robert Bell. "Vendors of satellite communications gear typically focus most of their attention on the broadcasting industry. Yet when it comes to significant facilities, in every region of the world, commercial teleports own more earth stations than do broadcasters, with the percentage ranging from a high of 275% more in North America down to 112% in Asia and 103% in the Middle East. Total capital spending by commercial operators on all kinds of communications, networking and management systems may be as much as three times greater than that of broadcasters."

Sizing the Teleport Market 2007 is available free to WTA members from the World Teleport Association Web site at Nonmembers may purchase a copy of the report from the site as well. WTA will provide a free copy of the report to accredited members of the press.

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.

World Teleport Association
55 Broad Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004 USA
+1 212-825-0218 fax +1 212-825-0075

For more information, contact:
Louis Zacharilla, Director of Development 212-249-0624

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