Singtel achieves Full Certification of its Bukit Timah and Seletar Teleports in Singapore from the W
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.