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WTA conducts and publishes original research to help teleport operators improve their operations, reduce their costs and grow their businesses. Topics range from markets and business issues to technology and operational best practices. All reports and papers are available free to members of WTA, and are also available for purchase by non-members. (WTA Members should sign in to receive discount or sign in to this page for direct downloads)

Recent Reports:

Budgeting for Cybersecurity


An executive with a major cybersecurity firm recently conducted an experiment via Twitter. She sent a tweet to industry decision-makers for her service and asked them the following question: “Cybersecurity budgets come in many sizes. How does your company determine yours?” Among the answers that surprised her were: “Pick a number and subtract that number from itself. That’s your budget.”

Even if you’re a bit hazy on cybersecurity, you probably agree that this is not smartest ways to plan for the costs of protection. Particularly when the average cost of a data breach to small businesses ranges from US$120,000 to $1.24 million, and the average across all businesses is $3.92 million, according to IBM’s 2019
Cost of a Data Breach report.

Good planning and budgeting are needed. According to Gartner Group, worldwide IT spending is growing at 3.2% per year, while information security spending is growing at more than twice that rate or 9.4% CAGR. That’s not surprising given the financial, operational and reputational damage a successful hack can inflict and the seemingly explosive growth in people making a living at it. In this report, WTA provides benchmarks on IT and cybersecurity spending and a structured approach to establishing and justifying a budget.

High Performance: Safety & Security


Safety and security are two sides of the same coin in the management of the complex technology and operations of a teleport. Good safety processes protect the health and welfare of employees operating amid the potential dangers of high voltage, microwaves and combustibles. In addition to being the right thing to do, it reduces disruption and avoidable expenses for the business.

Good security procedures protect the business from malicious actors, whether outside or inside the business, while offering another layer of protection for the people working for the company. Employees do not always appreciate the additional tasks that good security adds to their working day, but the potential for major negative impact on the business makes it worthwhile.

In 2015, WTA introduced its Teleport Certification program to help operators find the strengths and weaknesses in their facilities, technology and procedures and to receive independent, standards-based certification at one of four Tiers, from Tier 4 at the top to Tier 1. Teleport Certification has also generated substantial data on teleport operators from its 270-question survey instrument. In this, the third of a series of reports, we focus on what that data reveals about the most common under-appreciated safety and security issues at teleports and how their management can best address them.

LEO/MEO Constellations and the Teleport


The next eighteen months are critical ones for the first attempt since Iridium to loft a large-scale constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites that promise to transform global communications. OneWeb is leader of the pack of LEO constellations seeking to deliver low-priced, low-latency connectivity everywhere and its success could have major market impacts for GEO satellite operators and teleport operators. Already, LEO operators are in serious deal-making mode with operators of ground segment to provide the gateways they need to manage and provide access to their constellations.

At a moment when most of that impact is still to come, we seek answers from LEO constellations in development, GEO operators, teleport operators and the examples of Iridium, Globalstar and Thuraya integration into the business model of teleport operators. In
LEO/MEO Constellations and the Teleport, WTA investigates the history and current status of the sector through interviews with the senior executives of large and small teleport operators, technology experts and operators of LEO, MEO and GEO fleets.

More Recent Reports

All Reports

WTA's annual survey of how teleport operators rate their satellite operator vendors on commercial and technical performance, available free to members.
The FourNines series of reports identify best practices in teleport operations, technology and business practices, from buying transmission capacity to managing operations, available free to members.
Insights from the annual ranking of the Top Operators.
WTA's exclusive research and snapshots of the business, from Sizing the Teleport Market to the annual Inside the Top Operators reports, available free to members.
The FutureTech series of reports explore the impact on service providers of developments from Ka-band to interactive television, available free to members.
WTA's annual report on buying preferences and practices, based on interviews with teleport customers in major vertical markets, available free to members.
WTA is also publishing a series of case studies profiling the innovative solutions being implemented by WTA members in support of their customers around the world.
Research, Case Studies and White Papers submitted by WTA Member Companies.
The Teleport Awards are an annual tribute to outstanding achievement by the Independent Operator, Corporate Operator, Executive and Technology of the Year. The Teleport Awards will be presented during an invitational luncheon for 150 guests during the SATELLITE conference.
The World Teleport Association’s Dialogue Series provides WTA members with opportunities to share their viewpoints, experience and technical knowledge with a global audience.
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