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WTA Certification Program announces Tier 4 certification of Nilesat’s Cairo Teleport


The World Teleport Association (WTA) announced that Nilesat has achieved Tier 4 certification of its Cairo Teleport, Egypt under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program.


The Nilesat certification marks the 53rd issued since the program was launched at IBC 2015, and another 15 teleports are currently engaged in the quality evaluation process. The program provides 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.


Certification is issued on a Provisional (self-reported) basis after completion of a +170-item questionnaire that is evaluated against standards developed by WTA’s Certification Committee. 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.


Certifications have been issued to teleports operated by IABG Teleport, A1 Telekom Austria Group, Gomedia Satcom, Azercosmos, Servicio Satelital, USEI, AXESS Networks, STN, Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, e&, Optus, Horizon Teleports, RADIOCOM, Talia, Telespazio, Vivacom, Cyta, PlanetCast, Singtel, Hellas Sat, Orange, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, SMS, Telstra, Primacom, Santander Teleport and Arqiva.


“Since Nilesat's inception, we have been keen to maintain a high level of service quality, and today by achieving the highest tier in the WTA certification program, we confirm our commitment to maintain the highest international quality standards in satellite broadcasting services,” said Nilesat CEO Sameh Katta.


“Obtaining this certificate from an independent international organization reflects what we can provide of distinguished services to our customers, whom we are keen to satisfy through our constant pursuit of continuous improvement in order to always be at the forefront of teleport service providers in the Middle East and Africa.”


“The satellite and teleport business is not known for its adoption of industry-wide standards,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell. “WTA contributed its own standards for teleport infrastructure, technology and operation in 2015, thanks to the work of dedicated and experienced volunteers. We are glad to see continued growth in adoption of Teleport Certification based on those standards, especially at a time when standards are becoming crucial to the industry’s future.”


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