The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Batelco has achieved provisional certification of its Ras Abu Jarjur (Manama), Bahrain teleport under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program. Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity, with 12 teleports currently engaged in the quality evaluation process and certifications already issued to teleports owned by Eutelsat, du, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Horizon, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, 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 3 years. Batelco Bahrain CEO Eng. Muna Al Hashemi said that “Batelco was welcomed by the WTA as a Member in 2016 and the provisional certification is the next step which adds further weight to Batelco’s global services portfolio.” “Receiving the certification demonstrates the commitment of Batelco towards service excellence and promoting Bahrain as a global hub for services. The WTA is recognised for its high standards and reaching the stage of provisional certification is a very big achievement,” noted Mrs. Al Hashemi. 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.