Telstra has achieved provisional certification of three teleports -Gnangara (Perth, Western Australia), Oxford Falls (New South Wales, Australia) and Stanley (Hong Kong)- under World Teleport Association’s (WTA) Teleport Certification Programme. With these latest certifications, Australia now has the most WTA-certified teleports of any country in the world.
Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification Programme has quickly grown in popularity, with twelve 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, CETel, Etisalat, Speedcast, Singtel and Arqiva.
Speaking about the achievement, WTA’s Executive Director Robert Bell said: “Three companies – Telstra, Optus and Speedcast – have shown global leadership in applying for WTA certification of the quality of their teleports in Australia and other nations. We are grateful to them for advancing high-quality operation across the industry.”
To achieve Provisional Certification, a teleport operator completes a +170-item questionnaire and submits it to WTA. The Association analyses 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 programme, 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 one to four, of which four represents the highest degree of excellence, and remains in effect for three years.
WTA’s Teleport Certification Programme 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.