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Etisalat’s Tawi Al Saman Teleport clears global certification

The World Teleport Association (WTA) has announced that Etisalat has achieved Tier 4 full certification of its Tawi Al Saman (Sharjah, UAE) Teleport under WTA’s Teleport Certification Programme. Reportedly, Etisalat has become the first in MENA region to achieve WTA Tier 4 Full Certification and brings up the number of Tier 4 fully certified teleports around the world to 12.

Since its introduction at IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) 2015, the certification programme has grown in popularity. Starting with one certified facility in 2015, the programme has added more than 40 in three years, and currently has 10 teleports engaged in the quality evaluation process. The industry has adopted the 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.

Speaking about the latest achievement, Ali Amiri, Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer, Etisalat, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the Tier 4 WTA Full Certification for our teleport, an important indicator to our prospective and existing customers demonstrating the crucial importance of quality and security in our daily operations. At Etisalat, we take great pride in our facility and the high quality level of services we provide to our respected clients from all around the world.”

Full Certification under the WTA program is the result of a comprehensive data-collection and inspection process. A teleport operator completes a +170-item questionnaire and submits it to WTA. The association analyses the data based on standards established by its certification committee and issues the Provisional Certification based on the self-reported information. The teleport has six months to achieve Full Certification.

To achieve Full Certification under WTA’s programme, 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 one through four, of which four represents the highest degree of excellence, and remains in effect for three years.