WTA Certification Program announces Tier 4 Certification of Cyta’s Makarios Teleport
The World Teleport Association (WTA) has renewed certification of Cyta’s Makarios Teleport in 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, RADIOCOM, IABG Teleport, Servicio Satelital, A1 Telekom Austria, Hellas Sat, USEI, AXESS Networks, STN, Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, Optus, Talia, Telespazio, Vivacom, Cyta, Singtel, PlanetCast, Hispasat, Horizon Teleports, e& (Etisalat), Satellite Media Services, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, Telstra, Primacom, Santander Teleport, Orange, Gomedia Satcom 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.
“The renewed certification of Makarios Teleport by WTA at the TIER 4 level demonstrates Cyta’s commitment to excellence and its devotion to the provision of quality services. Our focus on the continuous improvement of our technical infrastructure and the constant development of our facilities and operational processes enhance our competitiveness and confirm the trust our customers and strategic partners place in us,” said Georgios Malikides, Acting Manager of Cyta’s Security, Network & Services Operations.
“Since its beginning, the teleport industry has been an entrepreneurial success story,” said Executive Director Robert Bell. “It is now a maturing industry, even as new entrants continue to appear, and it is quickly adopting the Independent, standards-based evaluation and validation offered by the WTA Certification program.”
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.