Since the Certification introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity, with 15 teleports currently engaged in the quality evaluation process and certifications already issued to teleports owned by Eutelsat, du, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Media Broadcast Satellite, Horizon, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Speedcast, VIVACOM and Arqiva.
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 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. Select this direct link for a list of all WTA certified teleports...
Commenting on the development, M.N Vyas, Executive Director, Planetcast Media Services limited said that Planetcast was the first private company in India to provide commercial Teleport services and since then the company has constantly challenged that status quo by investing heavily to improve the firm's teleport infrastructure, which has directly benefited customers in the global arena. This certificate is the recognition of Planetcast's continued efforts to create an environment of trust in the television broadcast industry.
Executive Director of WTA, Robert Bell, added that Planetcast has been innovating in the Indian teleport market for years. The WTA is pleased that the company is now innovating in the validation of its service quality based on WTA’s internationally accepted standards for facilities and operating procedures.