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WTA Expands European Footprint with Provisional Certification of Hellas Sat’s Cyprus Teleport

Monday, September 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Victoria Krisman
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(September 23, 2019 – New York City) – The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Hellas Sat has achieved provisional certification of its Space Center in Cyprus under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program.

Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity. Starting with one certified facility in 2015, the program has added 40 in 3 years, and currently has 12 teleports engaged in the quality evaluation process. Certifications have been issued to teleports operated by USEI, AXESAT, STN, Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, Optus, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Telespazio, Vivacom, Cyta, Batelco, Singtel, CETel, Etisalat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, Telstra Primacom, Santander Teleport and Arqiva. 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.

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.

“We are delighted to become part of this certification program of WTA,” said Christodoulos Protopapas, CEO of Hellas Sat. “Our main interest is to provide to our customers the highest level of services and support. We have made significant investments in recent years to develop our facilities, our DTH headend, antennae and network infrastructure, to ensure state-of-the-art managed services for our customers from our teleports in Cyprus and Greece. In our Greece and Cyprus premises, we host the primary and secondary Satellite Control Centres (SCCs), High-speed Satellite Internet Hubs, our Network Operation Centre (NOC) and, in Cyprus, the DTH TV headends. Both facilities are fully owned by Hellas Sat and offer both teleport and a wide range of managed services to our customers. Being located in Greece and Cyprus means we can offer teleport services to the Indian Ocean, European and Atlantic Ocean satellites, so this has slowly evolved into one of the major satellite telecom hubs in the region. The WTA certification program that we are now part of will provide additional recognition of our high quality of infrastructure, support and services we provide to our customers and to reinforce our commitment for further developments.”

“Hellas Sat brings to 13 the number of WTA-certified teleports in Europe,” said executive director Robert Bell. “The strength of the program is in assuring customers that they will receive the price-performance that they expect, based on independent, standards-based evaluation.”

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 Hellas Sat
Hellas Sat is a leading satellite operator catering services in Europe, the Middle East and Southern Africa. The value of Hellas Sat lies in the combination of high-quality services at competitive prices and professional business practices with an understanding of diverse customer needs.

From 39°E Hellas Sat satellites serve leading DTH operators by delivering content to more than 3 million households, while providing cost effective solutions to enterprises and governments that want to expand connectivity to every location of their network in our coverage areas.

Hellas Sat 3 and 4 satellites @39°E have highly powerful Ku band coverages over Europe, Middle East and South Africa. It offers cross-region connectivity solutions (Ka-Ku) between Europe and Sub Saharan Africa for Broadcast or Data and vice versa.

Hellas Sat has created a network of strategically placed telecommunications’ partners, supporting television broadcasters and IP-based services, powerful direct-to-home services and occasional provision of dedicated capacity for television programs.

Hellas Sat owns and operates two Satellite Space Centers (SSCs), one in Cyprus and one in Greece. The SSCs’ strategic location, combined with strong strategic relationships, ensure access to the world’s leading players of the satellite industry (provide access from 37.5⁰W to 105.5⁰E and from 47.5⁰W to 95.5⁰E from Cyprus and Greece respectively). One of the company’s principal concerns is to ensure the highest level of the customer satisfaction. For this reason experienced personnel cater tailored solutions and high quality support services guaranteeing timely response to all customer requests.

Both teleports are equipped with the most advanced, state-of-the-art infrastructure allowing for transmission, reception and satellite control operation services. All teleport activities and services are backed-up by UPS and high-power generators with redundant switches that ensure the smooth operation of all equipment in the teleport. Hellas Sat Teleports are equipped with redundant and diverse fiber optic rings providing direct access to all the main PoPs in Europe, Russia, Africa, M. East and Asia.

For More Information
Victoria Krisman
Communications Associate
World Teleport Association

Contact Hellas Sat
+30 210 615 9700 (Greece)
+357 22 861 400 (Cyprus)

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