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The World Teleport Association Launches the Teleport Certification Program with Talia at IBC 2015

September 12, 2015

WTA’s Teleport Certification Program aims to serve 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 aims to provide a means for customers to select teleport vendors delivering the price-performance level that is appropriate for their applications.

“This is the most important program WTA has introduced since the annual Satellite Operator Benchmarks survey, which measures teleport operator views of satellite operator commercial and operational practices,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell. “Promoting excellence in business, operations and technology is a key part of our mission, and Certification has the potential to improve the performance of every teleport operator in the market.”

The launch follows two years of development by WTA and a volunteer committee made up of teleport, satellite and technology executives as well as representatives of end-user customers. Drafts of the Certification Standards have been posted on WTA’s website, for which WTA members have been invited to provide feedback.

WTA also announced the beta customers for the certification program, which include Talia. Talia will be assisting WTA in preparing the Certification Program for market while also receiving Certification of their operation through the program.

The event, which took place at Talia’s booth at IBC, featured a briefing by Robert Bell, an introduction to the beta customers participating in the Certification Program and a question-and-answer session with Jack Buechler, Vice President of Talia.

Enno Wattenberg, Director of Global Operations at Talia says “I am pleased to see that the WTA has taken the bold step of creating the accreditation scheme. It clearly informs customers and potential customers that our teleports meet a worldwide standard as set by an independent body”.

Alan Afrasiab, CEO at Talia added, “Talia welcomes a formal system of teleport approval which gives customers and end-users the added assurance that a chosen teleport will meet the standards set out by the WTA. We look forward to participating in the program”.

For more information about the Teleport Certification Program, visit