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Teleport Awards For Excellence 2006
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Teleport Awards

Presented at an invitation ceremony and luncheon on Tuesday, February 7 at SATELLITE 2006 in Washington DC, USA.


Jon Kirchner of Loral Skynet congratulates Ed Deckert, Teleport Manager at Crawford Communications.

Independent Teleport Operator of the Year
Crawford Communications
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The privately-owned Crawford Communications has achieved a remarkable record of balanced growth across multiple sectors. In its most recent year, revenues grew 68% from 75 full-time TV network feeds and 11,000 separate projects. Its fleet of nearly 30 satellite trucks saw revenues grow 50%, while the company grew its base of MPEG-4 circuits by 50% and lit two new fiber networks. Crawford rose to the occasion in a year of natural disasters and experienced a 75% increase in its disaster recovery business. The company also provided backup uplinks for the Weather Channel, all 16 Discovery channels and the Golf Channel, while simultaneously doubling its government business, working with the US Army and carrying President Bush's interview with troops in Iraq from the White House. This record of balanced growth and expanding service offerings has made Crawford Communications the new paradigm of the global teleport sector.

Peter Shaw, Teleport and Resource Manager, Schlumberger Global Connectivty Solutions

Corporate Teleport Operator of the Year
Schlumberger Global Connectivity Services
Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Schlumberger GCS is part of a company with over $11 billion in revenue, which employs 58,000 people of 140 different nationalities in more than 80 countries. Schlumberger GCS was created in 2000 as part of a corporate strategy to provide information-based oilfield services to Schlumberger's clients in oil, gas and petrochemical production. In 2005, the division provided VSAT connectivity services to one out of every three of the world's exploration and production rigs. Serving a demanding sector and providing services from satellite to integrated terrestrial to wireless, Schlumberger GCS managed 400 Mhz of space segment across ten teleports in 2005, and invested more than $3 million in upgrading services for Canadian, Latin American and sub-Sahara African customers. With an upgrade to its teleport in Aberdeen, Scotland, the company will be the first operator in the UK to offer Ka-band services and has partnered with Intelsat and iDirect (winner of the 2005 Teleport Technology of the Year award) to create a C-band service for the world's oil and liquefied natural gas tanker fleets.

Nick Thompson, Managing Director of Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions, was WTA's 2006 Teleport Executive of the Year.

Teleport Executive of the Year
Nick Thompson
Managing Director, Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions
Chalfont Grove, Buckinghamshire, UK

Nick Thompson was hired by Kingston Communications, a Yorkshire-based provider of business and residential communications, to manage its Inmedia operation, formed by the acquisition of Teleport London International from the UK's Services Sound and Vision Corporation. Brought in to manage a company undergoing rapid change, Mr. Thompson was to find change a way of life. Kingston Communications was acquired by The Carlyle Group of private equity investors in 2004 and, rebranded Inmedia Communications, began to make serious investments in new facilities and services. Then, in 2005, Inmedia was acquired by NTL Broadcast, the wireless and satellite services division of NTL, one of the UK's largest communications service providers. In the process, the company underwent another name change, becoming Arqiva. In addition to successfully guiding a highly competitive group of executives through the many change of management, Nick has continued to grow the business until, by 2006, Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions offered 500 services over 70 major uplinks, with 10 studios and post-production facilities. Its VSAT offerings have enjoyed nearly triple-digit growth, while a remote playout and distribution service allows broadcasters to control content deliver to and from any location.

Jim Oliver, President, accepted the award on behalf of AvL Technologies.

Teleport Technology of the Year
The 5IF Mobile VSAT Antennas with Roto-Lok Cable Drive
From AvL Technologies

Ashville, North Carolina, USA

AVL’s motorized antennas (vehicle-mounted or flyaway-configured) proved their mettle during the turbulent events of 2005. One of WTA’s teleport operators said about AVL:, "During Katrina and Rita, we were given a flawless performance by these units.” AVL's lower-cost systems proved equally useful to experienced and new operators. Their precise acquisition capabilities, which can be used even by untrained operators, and locked-on positioning with zero backlash, which avoids adjacent satellite interference, were critical features in circumstances when decisions of life and death were made.

Loral Skynet (, the underwriter of World Teleport Association's 11th Annual Teleport Awards for Excellence Ceremony and Luncheon, allows customers to create unique communications solutions though their combination of global assets, including satellites over Asia, Europe and the Americas, and a global fiber network offering an array of cost-effective and highly-reliable connectivity solutions. This robust communications platform is optimized for high performance, cost-efficiency and access wherever facilities are located for private IP networks, Internet access, point-to-point or point-to-multipoint data networks, IP data transport, corporate media networks and BTV. Skynet Professional Services provide customized technology and satellite solutions from the planning, design and engineering of networks to the creation of custom solutions for digital cinema, centralcasting and other needs.

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