Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity, with 12 teleports currently engaged in the quality evaluation process and certifications already issued to teleports owned by Eutelsat, du, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Horizon, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, and Arqiva.
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 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.
“Telenor Satellite is very pleased to receive this Provisional Certification from the WTA,” said Jonathan Kennedy, director, teleport operations for Telenor Satellite. “This is a great acknowledgement that we are capable at providing high quality resilient services to our existing and potential customers.”
“Provisional Certification, based on self-reported data, gives teleport operators a chance to understand the understand the certification standards and priorities as they progress to an independent audit that produces a Full Certification,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell. “We have been honored by the commitment of so many leading teleport operators to this program and look forward to its continued growth.”