(October 23, 2018 – New York City) – The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Singtel (Singapore Telecommunications Limited) has achieved Tier full certification of its BukitTimah (Tier 4) and Seletar (Tier 4) teleports under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program. They become the first teleports in southeast Asia to achieve full certification and bring the number of fully-certified teleports around the world to 23.
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 more than 40 in 3 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, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Vivacom, Cyta, Batelco, Singtel, CETel, Etisalat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, Telstra, AXESAT, Telespazio 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.
“We are delighted to be awarded the coveted Tier-4 WTA certification for our teleports in Bukit Timah and Seletar,” said Mr Ng Kheng Ghee, Head of Satellite at Singtel. “This achievement underscores our commitment to providing our customers the highest quality of security, infrastructure and operational standards to meet their communications needs. The certification will spur us to constantly deliver the best managed satellite solutions to our customers across Asia, Middle East and Africa, offering them reliable satellite
connectivity and secured managed ICT solutions.”
“Singtel is a regional leader in high-value transmission services for broadcast, maritime and other industries where Singapore plays a leadership role,” said executive director Robert Bell. “As the number of certified teleports grows, we are seeing satellite operators and end-customers including certification as a question in their RFPs, which increases the value of the program to teleport operators.”
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.
About World Teleport Association
Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (www.worldteleport.org) has focused on improving the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world’s most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations.
Singtel is Asia’s leading communications technology group, providing a portfolio of services from next-generation communication, technology services to infotainment to both consumers and businesses. For consumers, Singtel delivers a complete and integrated suite of services, including mobile, broadband and TV. For businesses, Singtel offers a complementary array of workforce mobility solutions, data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics and cyber-security capabilities. The Group has presence in Asia, Australia and Africa and reaches over 700 million mobile customers in 21 countries. Its infrastructure and technology services for businesses span 21 countries, with more than 428 direct points of presence in 362 cities.
Source: World Teleport Association