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WTA Certification Program announces Tier 4 Certification of Orange’s Bercenay-en-Othe Teleport

The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Orange has achieved Tier 4 certification of its Bercenay-en-Othe Teleport in France under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program.

The Bercenay-en-Othe certification marks the 43nd issued since the program was launched at IBC 2015, and another 9 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 A1 Telekom Austria, Azercosmos, Servicio Satelital, USEI, AXESS Networks, STN, IABG Teleport, SMS, Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Telespazio, Vivacom, Cyta, Batelco, Singtel, Etisalat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Telstra, Primacom, Santander Teleport and Arqiva.

“I am extremely proud of this recognition, which is a testament to our teams’ considerable expertise, and reflects our commitment to excellence in terms of infrastructure, procedures and security,” confirmed Jean-Luc Vuillemin, Executive Vice President of International Networks and Services at Orange. “Satellite technology is being deployed widely, and the space race involves private players, alongside States, with a rapidly changing potential for innovation. Orange plays a key role in terms of sovereignty through the control of its own infrastructure, like the Bercenay-en-Othe teleport.”

“We welcome Orange to the family of operators around the world who have achieved Full Certification of their facilities, technology and operating procedures,” 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.”

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