This Certification program was launched at IBC 2015, and has quickly grown in popularity. Starting with one certified facility in 2015, the program has added 40 in three years and currently has 12 teleports engaged in the quality evaluation process.
This year, certifications have been issued to teleports operated by Servicio Satelital, Vivacom, Cyta, Singtel, CETel, Etisalat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, Telstra, Primacom, USEI, AXESS Networks (AXESS), STN, Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, Optus, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Telespazio, Santander Teleport, and Arqiva.
For the 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.
Post this, a teleport 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.
Planetcast Founder Director MN Vyas said “At present, we operate the largest teleport in this part of the world and we are providing services to top broadcasters across the globe. The certification received from WTA is a part of our continued efforts to create an environment of high-quality services emerging from India.”