The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that UAE-based telecommunications service provider – ‘du’ has achieved full certification of its world-class Teleport in Jebel Ali, Dubai under WTA’s recently launched Teleport Certification Program. The du Teleport achieved Tier 3 Certification under the Program, the only teleport in the Middle East region to receive this prestigious certification. To achieve Full Certification under WTA’s program, 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 a Provisional Certification based on the self-reported information. An auditor is then 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. Ahmed Almuhaideb, Vice President - Broadcasting & IPTV Services, du, said: “Full Teleport Certification by WTA is another special milestone that du takes special pride in achieving. Currently, we provide satellite uplinks plus an array of complimentary broadcasting services for over 300 TV channels. Our customers are leading broadcasting houses globally, and we believe that WTA’s teleport certification will offer our clients valuable insights – including an objective measure of the quality of service that du can deliver.” Robert Bell, Executive Director, WTA, said: “Our heartiest congratulations to the team at du for achieving this level of certification. Our certification is becoming the standard-bearer for teleports globally, and we are highly impressed with the quality and service delivery protocols maintained at du’s teleport. We wish the team at du the very best in their efforts towards excellence and setting new industry benchmarks.” 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.