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GDS Recognized by World Teleport Association for 2015 on Two Lists.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 12:03:36 PM

GDS repeats on “Fast Twenty” list at #2 and earns new spot on “Independent Operator” list.

top-ops.jpgLafayette, LA, December 22, 2015: The World Teleport Association (WTA) published its annual rankings for the Top Teleport Operators of 2015. Global Data Systems makes the “Fast Twenty” again. The Fast Twenty ranks all teleport-operating companies based on year-over-year revenue growth in their most recent fiscal years. GDS rose from #6 to #2 on the WTA Fast Twenty with a 68.89% rise in satellite-based revenue year over year. For the first time GDS was also included on the WTA Independent Top Twenty coming in at #20.

“GDS is honored again by the WTA for 2015. We are very excited about our increase in this year’s rankings, addition to a new list with WTA and look forward to continuing excellence in providing our managed Telecom, Security, IT and Content services from our satellite teleport and datacenter in Lafayette to our customers in the US and abroad. As GDS moves into 2016 and our 29th year of continuous operations, we are humbled to now be a leader in the global community of top providers in this business segment.” Ned Fasullo, Chief Marketing Officer.

“The teleport sector continues to grow and to integrate more thoroughly into the world’s satellite, fiber and wireless networks,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell. “The top seven companies in our Fast 20 list reported double-digit growth over the prior year. Seven of the Global Top 20 this year are independent teleport operators, which provide their customers with a technology-agnostic platform for value delivery across all transmission paths. This is an industry that is truly ready for the future.”

This year, the survey found that 62% of independent operators in the sample reported year-over-year revenue growth, while 38% reported revenue decline. The average growth rate for growing operators was a robust 25%, while the average year-over-year decline was -7%.


The Independent Top Twenty: 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. In order from largest to smallest, the Independent Top Twenty of 2015 are:

1. Harris CapRock (USA)
2. GlobeCast (France)
3. EMC (Emerging Markets Communications) (USA)
4. Encompass Digital Media (USA)
5. Arqiva Broadcast & Media (UK)
6. Telespazio S.p.A. (Italy)
7. Globecomm (Services revenue) (USA)
8. RR Media (Israel)
9. SpeedCast (China)
10. du (UAE)
11. Essel Shyam Communications (India)
12. Jordan Media City (Jordan)
13. Signalhorn (Germany)
14. Axesat (Columbia)
15. Onlime (Germany)
16. Elara Comunicaciones SA (Mexico)
17. NewCom International (USA)
18. STN (Slovenia)
19. CETel (Germany)
20. Global Data Systems (USA)

The "Fast Twenty”:  The Fast Twenty ranks all teleport-operating companies based on year-over-year revenue growth in their most recent fiscal years. Ranked by revenue growth, the Fast Twenty of 2015 are:

1. EMC (Emerging Markets Communications) (USA) * 97.14%
2. Global Data Systems (USA) * 68.89%
3. SpeedCast (China) * 32.56%
4. EchoStar Satellite Services (USA) 27.77%
5. Virgin Technologies (Canada) * 24.98%
6. Gazprom Space Systems (Russia) 24.32%
7. STN (Slovenia) * 18.37%
8. Elara Comunicaciones (Mexico) * 9.89%
9. Eutelsat (France) 9.55%
10. Telstra Corporation (Australia) * 9.18%
11. Jordan Media City (Jordan) * 8.50%
12. RR Media (Israel) * 7.74%
13. Essel Shyam (India) * 7.16%
14. Thaicom Public Company Ltd (Thailand) 6.55%
15. Onlime (Germany) * 5.57%
16. Encompass Digital Media (USA) * 5.57%
17. MEASAT (Malaysia) 3.56%
18. SES (Luxembourg) 3.04%
19. Axesat (Columbia) * 3.01%
20. Telesat (Canada) 2.89%

* Independent: does not operate satellite capacity

About World Teleport Association. Since 1985, the World Teleport Association ( has focused on improving the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations.

About Global Data Systems. Established in 1987, Global Data Systems, Inc. (GDS) is recognized as leading provider of telecommunications, systems integration, and datacenter solutions. GDS designs and implements end-to-end solutions that include premise wiring and physical security, voice and video, remote access and wireless mobility – all over a converged and secure network. The company is headquartered in Lafayette, with additional offices and sales and technical personnel in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lockport, and Houston, Texas.

If you would like more information about this release, please contact Ned Fasullo, Chief Marketing Officer at 225.754.4894 or email at .

Topics: VSAT, WTA Fast Twenty, world teleport association, global data systems lafayette