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Speedcast Achieves Provisional Certification for Three Australian Teleports from the World Teleport Association
March 26, 2018
The World Teleport Association (WTA) announced that Speedcast has achieved provisional certification of three teleports in Australia: Bayswater (Perth, Western Australia), Henderson (Western Australia) and Mawson Lakes (Adelaide, South Australia) under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program. Further certification of Speedcast teleports globally will be forthcoming.

Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity, with 16 teleports currently engaged in the quality evaluation process and certifications already issued to teleports owned by Eutelsat, du, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Horizon, Media Broadcast, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Vivacom, Cyta, Batelco and Arqiva.

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.

“As Speedcast continues to expand our global infrastructure to support customers that are increasingly reliant on connectivity and higher throughput, we are focused on becoming the business partner of choice providing the highest quality of service” said Keith Johnson, COO of Speedcast. “The WTA certification program demonstrates our focus on quality by meeting the requirements of the only certification program for teleports, facilities, and technical infrastructure in our industry.”

“The teleport industry faces increased competition for complex managed services, which are the specialty of operators like Speedcast, from satellite operators and cloud service providers,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell. “Certification defines the quality difference that will keep teleport operators competitive in the market.”