- Laurence Russell
WTA certification program announces provisional certification of RADIOCOM’s Cheia Teleport
The World Teleport Association (WTA) has announced that RADIOCOM has achieved provisional certification of its teleport in Cheia, Romania 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, 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.
“With the new management of SNR/RADIOCOM we aim to diversify our services and to see that the CHEIA station is recognized as a center of excellence at international level,” said SNR/RADIOCOM CEO Dragos Preda. “I will not hide our desire to open new frontiers in Free-space optical communication (FSO) to transmit telecommunications data or computer networks. The future of the telecommunications sector in Romania is bright.”
“We welcome SNR/RADIOCOM to the global family of teleport operators that have adopted the quality standards of the WTA Certification program,” said executive director Robert Bell. “World events have created new opportunities to better integrate the countries of Eastern Europe into the global economy, and WTA looks forward to helping this company seize those opportunities.”
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. Click here for a list of certified teleports.