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April 11th, 2017

Telenor's Nittedal Teleport Gains WTA Certification

The World Teleport Association (WTA) announced last week that Telenor Satellite achieved provisional certification of their Nittedal Teleport (Oslo) under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program.

Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity, with 12 teleports currently engaged in the quality evaluation process and certifications already issued to teleports owned by Eutelsat, du, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Horizon, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, and Arqiva.

Telenor Satellite's Nittedal Teleport.

To achieve Provisional Certification, 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 three years.

WTA’s Teleport Certification Program serves 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. Select this direct link for a list of certified teleports.
Jonathan Kennedy, Director, Teleport Operations for Telenor Satellite, stated that this is a great acknowledgement that the teleport is capable at providing high quality resilient services to existing and potential customers.”

Provisional Certification, based on self-reported data, gives teleport operators a chance to understand the understand the certification standards and priorities as they progress to an independent audit that produces a Full Certification,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell.

For more information about the Teleport Certification Program, access this direct link...