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WTA Certification Program Announces Provisional Certification of Azercosmos’ Baku Teleport

Monday, June 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Victoria Krisman
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(June 8, 2020 – New York City) – The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Azercosmos has achieved provisional certification of its teleport in Baku, Azerbaijan under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program. Founded in 2010, Azercosmos operates Azerspace-1 & Azerspace -2 providing communication services to enterprise and government customers for DTH, voice, video, data and mobility applications. Azercosmos also operates Azersky a high-resolution satellite which provides imagery and earth observation services.

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 A1 Telekom Austria, Servicio Satelital, USEI, AXESS Networks, STN, Eutelsat, COMSAT, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Telespazio, Vivacom, Cyta, Batelco, Singtel, SMS, 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.

“Being awarded certification by the World Teleport Association is a tremendous achievement and great honour for Azercosmos. This certification means that Azercosmos fully meets the requirements set by the WTA. İt is a guarantee of high quality and technological compliance by our teleport services. It will enable us to attract potential new customers and further expand our services," said Mark Guthrie, Chief Commercial Officer at Azercosmos.

“Certification offers assurance to customers about the quality of service they can expect from a teleport operator, based on internationally accepted standards,” said executive director Robert Bell. “Major satellite operators, telecom carriers and other customers for teleport services have introduced Teleport Certification questions into their requests for proposal, and we hear from teleport operators that Certification gives them a competitive advantage.”

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 https://www.worldteleport.org/?page=Certification or email WTA Membership Director Randall Barney at rbarney@worldteleport.org.


About World Teleport Association
Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (www.worldteleport.org) 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 Azercosmos
Azercosmos is the premier satellite operator in the South Caucasus. Azerspace-1, the telecommunication satellite operated by Azercosmos, provides highly reliable broadband and broadcast solutions to its customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. The satellite was launched in February 2013, is equipped with 24 C-band transponders and 12 Ku-band transponders, and is located at 46° East longitude. In December 2014, Azercosmos took over the rights to operate and commercialize Azersky, a high-resolution (1.5m imagery products) optical Earth observation satellite and entered into the commercial business of Earth observation services, including Geo-Information services. The strategic development plans of the company included enhancing the coverage area and spectrum of satellite services. For this purpose, in 2018, Azercosmos launched its second telecommunications satellite Azerspace-2 in a geostationary orbit 45° East longitude. For more information, visit: www.azercosmos.com


For More Information
Victoria Krisman
Communications Manager
World Teleport Association
vkrisman@worldteleport.org

Azercosmos’ Contact
Aysel Soltanova
Marketing Director
aysel.soltanova@azercosmos.az
+994 12 5650055 ext.169


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