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July 19th, 2018

CETel Earns WTA Tier 3 Teleport Certification

The World Teleport Association (WTA) has announced that CETel has achieved Tier 3 full certification of its teleport under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program —further certification of Speedcast teleports globally will be forthcoming.

Since the WTA's introduction of this program 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, SingTel, CETel, Etisalat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast and Arqiva.

Full Certification under the WTA program is the result of a comprehensive data-collection and inspection process. 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 three years.

WTA’s Teleport Certification Program serves 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. Click here for a list of certified teleports.

Executive Comments

Guido Neumann, Managing Director at CETel, stated that the company honors the work that WTA places on quality assurance of global operating teleports and the firm is proud to become the eighth European teleport to achieve Tier 3 certification. This certification emphasizes CETel's sophisticated and structured operations and assures current and prospective clients that their communication requirements are in best hands with CETel.

WTA Executive Director, Robert Bell, noted that CETel has become the 15th teleport worldwide and the 10th teleport in Europe to be fully certified by WTA. The organization's program now covers a total of 36 teleports in all major markets around the world, and is increasingly viewed as the standard that operators need to meet to be competitive.