The World Teleport Association (WTA) has announced that VIVACOM has achieved provisional certification of its Plana Teleport (Bulgaria) 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.
“We are very glad that our efforts and professional work are highly evaluated by the WTA. The provisional certification under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program is proof that we have succeeded in turning Bulgaria into one of the important satellite hubs in the region. Plana teleport has excellent infrastructure and position serving Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia for highly reliable video, data and collocation services,” said Vladimir Rangelov, Senior Manager Broadcasting services in VIVACOM.
“We are proud to add our first Certified teleport in the Balkan region to the WTA family of independently certified teleports,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell. “This brings to 11 the number of teleports in Europe evaluated and certified by WTA in countries including Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Cyprus and now Bulgaria.”
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.