The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that CETel has achieved provisional certification of its German Teleport located near Cologne under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program. Since its 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, Batelco, Planetcast, VIVACOM, Etisalat 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. “We are delighted to receive the WTA Certification for our Teleport. The certification is an important indicator to our prospective and existing customers and demonstrates the crucial importance of quality and security in our daily operations,” states Sergey Raber, Chief Operating Officer at CETel Germany. “Certification supplies the crucial missing answer to the teleport customer’s biggest question: what quality of service will I really receive?” said executive director Robert Bell. “Independent, standards-based evaluation and validation sets teleport operators apart and assures customers that they will receive the price-performance outcome they expect.” 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.