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WTA Certification Program renews Tier 4 certification of Azercosmos’ Baku teleport from the World Teleport Association


The World Teleport Association (WTA) has renewed the Tier 4 certification of Azercosmos’ Baku (Azerbaijan) teleport under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program, following an audit of the facility by the association. Tier 4 is the highest quality level in the WTA standard.


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, A1 Telekom Austria, Servicio Satelital, USEI, AXESS Networks, STN, Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, Optus, SMS Teleport, Talia, Telenor, Telespazio, Vivacom, Cyta, Singtel, e& by Etisalat, Speedcast, KTsat, Globecast, Hispasat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, IABG Teleport, Orange, Telstra, Primacom, Santander Teleport, Hellas Sat 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.


Full Certification under the WTA program is the result of a comprehensive data-collection and inspection process. 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.


“One of the most valuable assets for us is a service quality which leads to the customer satisfaction. Renewal of Tier 4 certification is proof that the conditions and services provided to our partners meet high standards,” said Fuad Aslanov, deputy chairman of Azercosmos.


“Azercosmos is one of the newer players in satellite communications, having launched its first satellite in 2013,” said executive director Robert Bell. “The Tier 4 Certification of its Baku teleport, however, tells the world something about the company’s commitment to high quality of service in the EMEA and central-south Asian region it serves.”


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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