The World Teleport Association (WTA) has announced that STN has achieved Tier 3 full certification of their Dob (Slovenia) teleport under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program — STN becomes the first teleport in Slovenia to achieve full certification and bring the number of fully-certified teleports around the world to 26.
Since the program's introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity. Starting with one certified facility in 2015, the program has added more than 40 teleports in three years and currently has 10 teleports engaged in the quality evaluation process. Certifications have been issued to teleports operated by Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Horizon, Media Broadcast Satellite, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Vivacom, Cyta, STN, SingTel, CETel, Etisalat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, Telespazio, Telstra, AXESAT 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 three years.
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. Click here for a list of certified teleports.
STN general manager Mijta Lovsin said the company is proud to receive the WTA full teleport certification, which is a very highly regarded and recognized independent standardized evaluation. At STN the company takes great pride in the firm's facility and the high level of services STN provides to respected clients from all around the world. The company has always had an open and honest approach to business and this full certification further proves the high level of professionalism and dedication the firm provides to customers, partners and the industry. Elevated service performance capabilities bring STN into a new era of teleports and industry opportunities.
WTA Executive Director Robert Bell noted that STN has built a reputation for excellence in teleport services. Certification at the coveted Tier 3 level is validation of a long-term commitment to quality of service for STN’s customers.