Du and Etisalat make it to the list of top ten teleports globally

Du and Etisalat make it to the list of top ten teleports globally
Since 2004, when the teleport operations first began, du has increased the number of uplinked TV channels, growing its current teleport facility by over 600 percent.
Published: 23 January 2018 - 4:59 a.m.
By: CommsMEA staff writer

UAE operators, du and Etisalat rank ninth and tenth respectively in the annual rankings published by the World Teleport Association (WTA) for the top teleport operators of 2017. 

The annual rankings of companies by revenue and revenue growth are compiled by surveying teleport operators around the world as well as referencing the published results of publicly-held companies.

The Independent Top Twenty ranks teleport operators based on revenue from all sources. The list focuses on the independent operators at the core of the business, excluding companies whose primary business is ownership and operation of a satellite fleet or terrestrial network. du and Etisalat rank ninth and tenth respectively on this list. Jordan Media City (Jordan) ranks sixteenth. “We have worked hard to expand our teleport facility to have coverage that spans the globe, reaching the most relevant content hubs in a reliable and efficient manner,” said Fahad Al Hassawi, deputy CEO, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company. “We are proud to have achieved this prestigious WTA ranking, placing us as a leading teleport service provider not only in the Middle East, but also on the global stage. We will continue to innovate and improve our system, to accommodate even further expansion, so that we can provide our service despite the growing traffic volume, and pressing necessities of the world’s business requirements, and emerging economies.”

The Fast Twenty ranks all teleport-operating companies based on year-over-year revenue growth in their most recent fiscal years. On this list, Etisalat ranks second and du ranks ninth. 

“The teleport industry becomes more complex every year in terms of ownership, acquisition and competitive dynamics," said WTA executive director Robert Bell.  "Satellite operators are investing in and partnering closely with teleports, while acquisitions drive the growth of some of the new 'majors' in the business.  Competitive pressure is rising within the sector but teleports are also increasingly competing and partnering with data centres, cloud service providers and telcos.”

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