- Laurence Russell
WTA Certification Program announces provisional certification of Gomedia’s Catania (Italy) Teleport
The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Gomedia has achieved provisional certification of its teleport in Catania, Italy under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program.
Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity. Starting with one certified facility in 2015, the program has added 40 in 3 years, and currently has 12 teleports engaged in the quality evaluation process. Certifications have been issued to teleports operated by Azercosmos, IABG Teleport, Servicio Satelital, A1 Telekom Austria, Hellas Sat, USEI, AXESS Networks, STN, Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, Optus, Talia, Telespazio, Vivacom, Cyta, Singtel, PlanetCast, Horizon Teleports, Etisalat, Satellite Media Services, Radiocom, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, Telstra, Primacom, Santander Teleport, Orange and Arqiva. The industry has quickly adopted the transparent, independently verified standards as a means for teleports to differentiate themselves and for customers to choose the price-performance level suitable for their applications.
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.
“Gomedia is providing up to 150 Mbps to governmental and business customers through its advanced teleport in Catania. Gomedia is grateful for the ongoing trust shown by its many customers in need of very advanced and secure services,” said Gaetano Morena, CEO of Gomedia.
“Certification supplies the crucial missing answer to the teleport customer’s biggest question: what quality of service will I really receive?” said executive director Robert Bell. “Independent, standards-based evaluation and validation sets teleport operators apart and assures customers that they will receive the price-performance outcome they expect.”
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.