The World Teleport Association (WTA) has announced that Cyta has achieved Tier 3 full certification of its Makarios (Cyprus) teleport under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program. Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity, with 20 teleports already certified and a further 12 teleports currently engaged in the quality evaluation process. Owners of certified teleports now include Intelsat, Globecomm, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Arqiva, Eutelsat, Horizon Teleports, Media Broadcast, Signalhorn, Telenor, Telesapzio, Talia, CYTA, Batelco, du and Optus. 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. “Cyta’s Makarios Teleport enjoys a privileged geographical location in Cyprus with optimal conditions for satellite communications. It has extensive infrastructure and is well connected with Cyta’s international fiber network providing ample capacity and dedicated links to major international nodes. The Teleport offers extensive international reach and serves as a major telecommunications hub in the Eastern Mediterranean. It offers a wide range of satellite services in the global market including satellite TV, IP links, VSAT services and satellite monitoring and control operations. We are pleased with the full certification of Makarios Teleport by the WTA and anticipate that this will enhance awareness about our capabilities. This certification is the best proof of the state-of-the-art infrastructure and the high level of services offered to our customers at Makarios Teleport,” says Christos Limnatitis, Manager of Cyta’s National & International Wholesale Division. “We are proud to add the Makarios Teleport in Cyprus to our growing list of certified teleports,” said executive director Robert Bell. “A Full Certification from WTA provides independent validation of the quality of Cyta’s operations for its customers and prospects throughout the region.” 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. For more information about the Teleport Certification Program, visit http://www.worldteleport.org/?page=Certification or email WTA Membership Director Randall Barney at firstname.lastname@example.org.