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Etisalat Achieves Provisional Certification of its Tawi Al Saman (Sharjah) Teleport from WTA

Tuesday, March 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Owen
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(March 13, 2018 – New York City) – The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Etisalat has achieved provisional certification of its Tawi Al Saman, Sharjah (UAE) teleport under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program.

Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity, with 20 teleports currently engaged in the quality evaluation process and certifications already issued to teleports owned by Eutelsat, du, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Media Broadcast Satellite, Horizon, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Speedcast, Batelco, Planetcast, VIVACOM, CETel, Intelsat 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.

 Ali Amiri, Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer, Etisalat, said: “We are delighted to receive the WTA Provisional Certification for our Teleport, an important indicator to our prospective and existing customers, which demonstrates the crucial importance of quality and security in our daily operations.”

“Provisional Certification of the Tawi Al Saman teleport brings to two the number of certified facilities in the United Arab Emirates,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell. “Provisional Certification is the first step in providing customers and partners around the world with independent, audited assurance of the quality of operations and technology.”

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.

For more information about the Teleport Certification Program, visit or email WTA Membership Director Randall Barney at
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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Matthew Owen
Communications Manager
World Teleport Association
212-825-0218 x105

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