WTA Certification Program Expands Latin American Footprint with Provisional Certification of Axesat

The World Teleport Association has announced that Axesat has achieved provisional certification of its Bogota, Colombia Teleport under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program.

Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has rapidly and steadily risen in popularity. Starting with one certified facility in 2015, the program has added 40 in the past three years, and currently has 12 teleports engaged in the quality evaluation process. 

Certifications have been issued to teleports operated by Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Horizon, Media Broadcast, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Vivacom, Cyta, Batelco, SingTel, CETel, Etisalat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, Telstra 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 must complete a questionnaire, comprised of over 170 items, and submit it to the  WTA. The Association then analyses the data based on the 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. 

In order 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.

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.

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