The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that A1 Telekom Austria Group has achieved Tier 4 certification of its Aflenz Earth Station in Austria under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program.
The Aflenz certification marks the 42nd issued since the program was launched at IBC 2015, and another 11 teleports are currently engaged in the quality evaluation process. The program provides 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.
Certification is issued on a Provisional (self-reported) basis after completion of a +170-item questionnaire that is evaluated against standards developed by WTA’s Certification Committee. 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.
Certifications have been issued to teleports operated by A1 Telekom Austria Group, Azercosmos, Servicio Satelital, USEI, AXESS Networks, STN, Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Telespazio, Vivacom, Cyta, Batelco, Singtel, Etisalat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, Telstra, Primacom, Santander Teleport, Horizon Teleports and Arqiva.
Elena Petrova, Head of Wholesale Broadcasting at A1 Telekom Austria Group commented: “We are proud and grateful of this great achievement of A1 Wholesale Broadcasting and Aflenz teams. The recognition from the World Teleport Association demonstrates our excellence in teleport operation and supports our leading role in the media and broadcasting business in Europe, Asia and soon in US. Another proof for that is the positive feedback from our customers - their trust, collaboration and willingness to choose A1 Wholesale Broadcasting as their main technical partner.”
“We welcome A1 Telekom Austria Group to the family of operators around the world who have achieved Full Certification of their facilities, technology and operating procedures,” 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.”