EchoStar Recognized by World Teleport Association

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The World Teleport Association named EchoStar to its prestigious "Global Top 20" and "Fast 20" rankings for 2008, officials said Tuesday.

The WTA provides the only independently compiled rankings of teleport operating companies.

EchoStar ranked seventh on the prestigious "Global Top 20," a list of companies based on revenue from all customized communications sources, which includes operators of teleports, satellite fleets and fiber networks. In addition, the company made the "Fast 20" list which ranks all teleport-operating companies based on year-over-year revenue growth in their most recent fiscal years.

"Our split in January 2008 from our parent company was a strategic move to make our eight satellites and 10 uplink facilities available to the commercial market on a broad scale,” Steve Skalski, vice president of EchoStar Satellite Services, said in a prepared statement.

“In recent years, we’ve strengthened our capacity with the addition of teleports in strategic locations around the U.S. to facilitate full time or occasional use satellite leasing for any type of client seeking mission-critical video, audio or data broadcast needs," he added. "The WTA recognition is a testament to the commitment we’ve made to TV news broadcasters, corporate networks, government operators or others needing satellite-delivered content.”