Herndon, VA / 24 March 2020 – COMSAT, Inc., the global satellite connectivity solutions provider, has been named Independent Teleport Operator of the Year by the World Teleport Association (WTA), during its 25th annual Teleport Awards for Excellence event. The WTA presents the award to a teleport business whose achievements have been deemed exceptional by industry members from across the globe, and selected COMSAT as the winner from a field of 35 nominations.
COMSAT was honored to receive the award for the first time in its rich history in the sector, which has been built on a legacy of providing teleport services to complex networks connected to multiple terrestrial fiber pathways for over 50 years. Its ground infrastructure, state-of-the-art technology and onsite 24/7/365 network operations centers supporting extensive geographic redundancy was also acknowledged. In addition, the company’s continuous investment in development of its Tier 4 certified teleports located on the east and west coast of the USA added weight to the judges’ decision. Upon completion, the current phase of expansion will augment COMSAT’s already extensive redundancy and expand its transmission pathway capacity for existing and new satellite companies launching an increasing number of satellites into various orbits. The expansion also enhances COMSAT’s cybersecurity infrastructure across all services.
Presenting the award to David Greenhill, COMSAT CEO, Louis Zacharilla, Director of Development, WTA, also singled out the contribution COMSAT makes to saving lives by keeping global emergency services connected, even in the most challenging environments.
“Objective recognition of our hard work and investment from members of an organization as prestigious as the World Teleport Association, especially in such a competitive marketplace, is incredibly satisfying for us. We work diligently to ensure that COMSAT stands out from the crowd by delivering the most advanced, reliable, interconnected global network and ground facilities available internationally. When our next phase of expansion is complete COMSAT will support more satellite constellation providers than any other terrestrial network and this award demonstrates how important that is for the industry,” adds Greenhill.
An international client base, including major satellite partners, optimizes COMSAT teleport services to deliver robust, secure data transmission, and resilient powerful connectivity to business and general aviation, military, government, emergency response, maritime and other multiple service environment customers worldwide. As an SD company, COMSAT is also an integral part of the comprehensive SD network enabling secure, dedicated, purpose-built connectivity services for business aviation and government clients. The sophisticated teleport infrastructure, together with the SD Data Center located in Melbourne, FL. allows customers to use the COMSAT teleports as a bridge for both legacy and new networks. “The integration exemplifies the importance of a robust terrestrial network which supports a complete, secure connectivity pathway right from when the signal leaves the satellite through to end user receipt. Without the teleport services, nothing would be transmitted,” says Greenhill.
COMSAT also supports SD cybersecurity services and the SD Private Network (SPDN), a secure, purpose-built network for aviation clients to ensure airborne data can be delivered from a corporate aircraft directly to the company’s corporate network, bypassing public routing over the internet. The infrastructure supports military grade cybersecurity allowing the application of corporate IT security protocols to handle, block or deliver information according to the client’s unique specifications. The aircraft’s onboard network operates as an extension of the corporate office yet remains invisible to the world wide web keeping valuable data and personal details secure at all stages of transmission.
“Since inception in 1962 COMSAT has been a pioneer and a legend in the satellite communications arena, and the industry recognized that this innovative spirit will continue into the future. COMSAT is a driving force in the industry, and we’re delighted to honor them with the Independent Teleport Operator of the Year award,” said Zacharilla. “Our board of directors and members congratulate David and his team for achieving this win.”
COMSAT, Inc. is a leading operator of customized, secure end-to-end satellite communications services. We deliver a full portfolio of fixed satellite solutions (C-Band, Ku-Band, Ka-Band, X-Band and UHF) and mobile satellite solutions (Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium) to aeronautical, land-mobile and maritime users in multiple markets, including U.S. government and military, global governments, educational institutions and commercial maritime. COMSAT owns and operates two teleports located in Southbury, CT and Santa Paula, CA that provide various communications and data center services to commercial, government and educational institutions worldwide including end-to-end connectivity, co-location and research efforts, critical data backup and recovery, satellite and terrestrial network data center, cloud and cybersecurity services.