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WTA Certification Program announces Tier 4 certification of Telespazio’s Lario Space Centre (Italy)


The World Teleport Association (WTA) announced that Telespazio, a Leonardo and Thales 67/33 joint venture, has achieved Tier 4 certification of its Lario Teleport outside Milan, Italy under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program.


The Lario certification marks the 55th issued since the program was launched at IBC 2015, and another 13 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, Hispasat, Azercosmos, Speedcast, 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, SMS, Telstra, Primacom, Santander Teleport and Arqiva.


“We are extremely proud of this new prestigious certification, which adds to the two already achieved by the Fucino Space Center in 2018 and 2021. This result underscores our commitment to providing excellent satellite solutions and services to our customers and reaffirms the Lario Teleport as a cornerstone in our operations,’ said Telespazio’s Chief Operating Officer, Gabriele Pieralli.


“Lario Space Center is a storied facility, which dates back to the Seventies, the dawn of the commercial teleport industry,” said executive director Robert Bell. “It manages broadcast distribution, corporate and institutional data networks and navigation and messaging services. It is also a ground station for the second and third generations of the Meteosat weather satellites operated by EUMETSAT. All those customers rely on the quality of service represented by Lario’s Tier 4 Certification.”


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.


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