Teleports on top

Regional teleports make it into the global top 20.
Regional teleports make it into the global top 20.
Regional teleports make it into the global top 20.


Middle East teleport facilities Jordan Media City (JMC) and du’s Samacom are among the top 20 highest earning independent operators, according to the World Teleport Association’s (WTA) Top Teleport Operators of 2009 study.

The WTA also released its Inside the top operators report, which has shown a diversification in the services offered by teleports and a geographical swing away from North America and Asia towards Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Samacom was named the twelfth largest grossing independent operator with JMC nineteenth, which was also named the sixth fastest growing teleport globally. The Amman-based facility experienced a growth of 50.62 percent, according to the figures from WTA.

Italy’s M-Three Satcom, which is also active in the region, came in eighteenth in the independent rankings and ninth in the fastest growing operator category.

A number of other operators serving the Middle East also fared well. Cyprus-based Europe Media Port, which has coverage C-band coverage across the Middle East was named the fastest growing teleport in the world (by revenue).

Luxembourg’s SES was crowned the number one operator globally. SES is a partner in Abu Dhabi’s YahLive satellite operator.

Stratos Global, in the US, was named the top independent teleport.

Diversification of services is on the up among the world’s teleport operators with non-broadcast based content distribution leading the way.

The range of services offered by teleports has expanded dramatically during the last three years, according to a report released last month by the WTA.

The number of teleports receiving 25 percent or more of their revenues from non-broadcast based content distribution has seen risen by 143 percent. There has also been a swing towards supplying enterprise networks (up 54 percent) and internet backbone (up 29 percent).

Europe and the Middle East has emerged as the largest geographic market for teleport operators. Two thirds of those surveyed expected to retrieve at least a quarter of their revenues from these regions and 47 percent expected to see at least half of their revenues generated in Europe and the Middle East.

During the course of the next three years Africa will under go the greatest increase in importance to operators with a 14 percent rise in the number of teleports taking a quarter of their business from the continent.

By comparison, Europe and Middle East will rise by only two percent and North America will decrease by 18 percent.

Top Independent Teleport Operators:


1 Stratos Global (USA)
2 GlobeCast (France)
3 Arqiva Satellite & Media (UK)
4 Telespazio (Italy)
5 CapRock Communications (USA)
12 du (UAE)
18 M-Three Satcom (Italy)
19 Jordan Media City (Jordan)



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