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March 27th, 2018

It's a G'Day for Speedcast's Three Australian Teleports as World Teleport Association Issues Provisional Certification

Another member comes to the World Teleport Association, this time it's Speedcast which 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.
The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Further certification of Speedcast teleports globally will be forthcoming.

Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly 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
  • 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.

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

WTA executive director Robert Bell added that 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. Certification defines the quality difference that will keep teleport operators competitive in the market.

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.