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July 24th, 2014

World Teleport Association (WTA)—Teleport Standards To Be Certified (Business)

[SatNews] Certificate levels of Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze will be assigned to teleport operators to reflect a clear, objective standard for facilities, technology and operating procedures.

The World Teleport Association (WTA) announced that, at the request of its customers, it is developing a Teleport Certification Program. The program aims to serve 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. The program also aims to provide a means for customers to select teleport vendors delivering the price-performance level that is appropriate for their applications. Certification at one of these levels will indicate, at a minimum, that the teleport complies with the standards of that particular level.

The certification standards are being developed by a volunteer committee made up of teleport, satellite and technology executives as well as representatives of end-user customers.  As draft standards are determined, they will be posted for comment by the industry on a schedule to be determined. The program will launch, offering temporary self-certification and multi-year audited circulation, upon approval of the standards. WTA will maintain an up-to-date online registry of certified teleports and provide teleport operators with links to their online statement of certification as well as a certification logo for display in their marketing programs.

”Customers bidding a project struggle to understand the quality differences that lie behind estimate from different service providers,” said executive director Robert Bell.  “There is no objective way for a teleport operator today to demonstrate its quality, without time-consuming and costly site audits. This is a gap that our Certification program will fill, in a transparent way that lets customers select the price-performance their application needs.”

For information on how to participate in the committee, or learn more about the certification process, please contact WTA’s Membership Director at rbarney@worldteleport.org.

For more information on WTA, please visit http://www.worldteleport.org/.