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WTA New Report Provides Best Practices for Managing Local Connectivity

January 24, 2012


The World Teleport Association announced today the release of its newest report, How to Reduce Costs and Optimize Use of the Local Loop. The report shares the best practices of teleport operators for managing local connectivity, where costs, quality and availability can have a significant impact on business operations and financial results.

The local loop is a paradoxical part of a teleport's satellite and fiber connectivity. The distances covered are modest and the contribution to revenue from resale of local transmission is small. But teleport operators report that 90% of their problems in terrestrial transmission occur in the local loop, and that the cost and availability of high-quality service can become a deal-breaker for an otherwise promising opportunity. 

WTA Executive Director Robert Bell notes, "This is an extremely competitive business and teleport operators are finding that understanding and optimizing their use of local connectivity can have an impact on their success far greater than the costs and revenues suggest. Executives interviewed for this report have been exploring alternatives from creating their own “meet-me rooms” to spur competition, to broadband wireless and ‘bonded’ 4G circuits. And, happily, meeting with success.”

How to Reduce Costs and Optimize Use of the Local Loop is available free to WTA members from the World Teleport Association Web site, thanks to the support of companies including Arabsat, Arqiva, Intelsat, RRsat Global Communications and SES. Non-members 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.