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WTA releases rankings of top teleport operators

World Teleport Association (WTA) announced its rankings of the Top Teleport Operators of 2006 in three categories: the Global Top Twenty, including satellite and fiber carriers that operate teleports; the Independent Top Twenty, consisting of ground segment operators only; and the Fast Twenty, which ranks all companies based on year-over-year revenue growth.

The rankings are based on information submitted by companies as well as the published accounts of publicly held corporations. The rankings include only companies that own and operate teleports and that generate at least 60 percent of revenues from satellite applications, unless those companies provided a breakout of satellite-related revenues to WTA, in which case its ranking is based on the reported satellite-related revenue.

The Global Top Twenty

The Global Top Twenty ranks companies based on revenues from all satellite-related sources and includes independents, satellite carriers, fiber carriers and technology providers. Twelve of the Global Top Twenty own and operate satellites, while the remaining eight generate their revenues from terrestrial operations only. The total revenues of the Global Top Twenty exceed $7.8 billion, with individual companies ranging from more than $2 billion to less than $100 million. In order from largest to smallest, the Global Top Twenty of 2006 are:

1. Intelsat (Bermuda)
2. SES Global (Luxembourg)
3. Eutelsat (France)
4. GlobeCast (France)
5. Telesat Canada (Canada)
6. Stratos Global (USA)
7. JSAT Corporation (Japan)
8. Shin Satellite (Thailand)
9. Space Communications (Japan)
10. Loral Skynet (USA)
11. Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions (UK)
12. Arabsat (Saudi Arabia)
13. Globecomm Systems (USA)
14. Hispasat (Spain)
15. Asiasat (China)
16. Caprock Communications (USA)
17. ND SatCom (Germany)
18. Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (Norway)
19. Vyvx (USA)
20. Ascent Media Network Services (USA)

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