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World Teleport Association Publishes Inside the Top Operators Report

Tuesday, November 6, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Analysis of pricing trends, major markets and top services from companies with $13bn in revenue, growing 7% per year

(New York, NY, November 6, 2012) – The World Teleport Association has published its annual Inside the Top Operators research report. The eagerly awaited report draws from data submitted to WTA by teleport operating companies around the world for the association’s 2011 Top Operator rankings, and offers a useful "snapshot” of the entire sector from independent operators large and small delivering service around the world. 

The 2011 Top Operators, announced in November of that year, included companies with combined annual revenues of US$12.8 billion. Of this revenue, $9.7bn came from respondents that had submitted data to WTA consistently for the past five years. These companies posted a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2% from 2007 to 2009, with total revenues rising $1.3bn over the period. But CAGR fell to 6.3% for the period from 2009 to 2011, when sales grew only $579m. For the five-year period, the group grew total revenues by $1.9bn for a CAGR of 7.6% - a still-impressive performance during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.    

The report also shares data on facilities, services, markets, pricing and business results from the Top Operators, including:
  • Pricing Changes. One-quarter of independent teleport operators reported the ability to raise prices on their core services in 2011, up slightly from 2010, while 54% reported no price change for core services since 2010. More than 41% reported being able to increase prices for the resale of satellite capacity but only 18% said the same for terrestrial capacity.
  • Pricing Trends. An evaluation of responses to our pricing question since 2005 reveals that 2007-08 were bullish years for the teleport sector, when 40% or more of respondents reported being able to raise prices for core services. Since then, year-over-year pricing changes have resumed more normal levels, with 20-30% reporting price increases, 10-20% reporting price declines and the majority reporting stable prices.   
  • Terrestrial and Satellite Transmission Pricing Continue to Head in Opposite Directions. The pricing of satellite capacity for resale has followed a similar trend to that of core teleport services but has been more prone to the upside and more volatile. By contrast, more teleport operators continue to report price declines for terrestrial capacity than price increases, which makes that capacity more competitive year after year.
  • Volume of Business Increases. Across all market segments, +60% of teleport operators reported that the volume of business increased from 2010 to 2011 while only 10-18% reported declines in total volume as measured by revenue.
The annual Top Operator rankings are developed by surveying teleport operators in many nations on their revenues and revenue growth and supplementing the results with financial data from publicly-traded firms. From this information, WTA publishes rankings of the Global Top 20 (companies by revenue including independents and satellite/fiber operators), the Independent Top 20 (companies by revenue excluding satellite and fiber operators), and the Fast 20 (based on year-over-year revenue growth, including independents and satellite/fiber operators).

Inside the Top Operators of 2011 is available free to WTA members from the World Teleport Association website. Non-members may purchase a copy of the report from the site. WTA will provide a free copy of the report to accredited members of the press.

About World Teleport Association
Since 1985, the World Teleport Association ( has focused on improving the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations.

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