The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Telespazio Brasil has achieved provisional certification of its Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Teleport under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program. 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 over 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, STN, SingTel, CETel, Etisalat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, Telespazio, Telstra, AXESAT 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. 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. The Fucino Teleport, the largest teleport owned and operated by our shareholder Telespazio (a joint venture between Leonardo and Thales), as well as one the largest and most important, has been awarded with 4 Tier Full Certification just few days ago – stated Marzio Laurenti, CEO of Telespazio Brasil. We do believe that the certification provided by WTA is a guarantee of quality for our customer and for this reason also Telespazio Brasil is now starting the process of Full Certification of her teleports in Brazil, being the provisional certification is the first step of it. “Certification provides customers with something much more powerful than a promise of performance,” 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.