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Inside the Top Teleport Operators 2009

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WTA 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 2009 Top Operator rankings.  The 2009 Top Operators, announced in November of that year, posted impressive gains – all the more impressive for a period that included both a global financial crisis and a stubborn recession in the major industrialized nations.  Over the three preceding years that were reported in 2009, the Top Operators racked up a compound annual growth rate of 9.3%.

The Teleport Business from the Inside
In addition to financial data, respondents also answered questions on facilities, services, markets, pricing and business results. We believe their responses provide a meaningful "snapshot” of the entire sector in the third quarter of 2009, because the combined annual revenue of the companies contributing information is equal to 24% of the $19.2bn in global revenues estimated for commercial teleports in the 2010 edition of WTA's Sizing the Teleport Market. What did their responses reveal?
  • Despite the overall 9% CAGR for the 2007-2009 period, teleport operators saw pricing soften somewhat from the peak year of 2008 into 2009, with lower percentages of operators raising prices and higher percentages being forced to reduce them.
  • Satellite operators that manage their own network of teleports seem to like their ground- based businesses. Asked how they expected their sources of revenue to change over the next three years, they forecast big increases in teleport and terrestrial transmission revenues but only small increases in revenues from space segment. More competition for independent operators appears to be in the pipeline.
  • Europe and the Middle East have become the world's high-growth markets, while North America and the Caribbean have declined in their geographic share of teleport operator revenues. West Asia and Latin America have also seen strong gains from 2007 to 2009.
  • For the teleport sector, 2009 was a year to go back to basics. The top applications as a percentage of revenue were television program origination and backhaul, not networking for enterprises or government customers. The top services were basic uplinking, transponder capacity sales and systems integration – the bread-and-butter of teleport services. It appears that, under recessionary pressures, when new customers and projects are hard to find, teleport operators had a bit less success than in prior years in moving up the value chain and providing the complete end-to-end solutions that provide the greatest return.
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