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WIOCC shortlisted for Best African Wholesale Carrier award

September 10, 2014

globalcarrierawards logoWIOCC has for the second consecutive year been shortlisted for Capacity magazine’s Global Carrier Awards in the Best African wholesale carrier category.  The winner of the award – designed to recognise innovation, vision and excellence across the wholesale industry in Africa – will be announced at the Global Carrier Awards dinner on November 4th in Amsterdam, during Capacity Europe.

Inclusion in this shortlist is another major achievement for WIOCC, demonstrating the industry’s recognition of WIOCC as a major force in African telecoms, and is a strong endorsement of the company’s strategy of providing end-to-end services over a carrier-scale network to the telco and ISP community.

NB. There is still time for vote for WIOCC’s CEO Chris Wood in the World Communications Award 2014 CEO of the Year. You just need to visit the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q7FVJ56. To be eligible, your vote must be cast by Friday 19th September 2014.

We are also continuing to await news on whether Chris has been shortlisted for the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label. The finalists for this award will be announced shortly.

Support African telecoms by registering your vote!

August 13, 2014

Chris Wood, WIOCC’s CEO, is one of only two executives in Africa (the other is Paul Taylor of Botswana Telecommunications Corp. – BTC) nominated for the World Communications Award 2014 CEO of the Year, with the winner to be decided by public vote.

SONY DSCSince joining WIOCC as CEO in 2008, Chris has grown it into the leading supplier of international bandwidth for Africa, masterminding impressive year-on-year growth. He has been a key influencer in the successful implementation and recent extension of the EASSy cable and has driven the integration and ongoing development of WIOCC’s unique, pan-African network. Chris continues to grow WIOCC to support its expanding customer base. The realisation of Chris’ vision of making an enduring contribution to Africa’s communications is helping transform how individuals go about their daily lives and revolutionising how local businesses operate in many countries across Africa.

If you would like to help raise the profile of African telecommunications by voting for Chris and/or Paul, please go to the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q7FVJ56.

Note that your vote must be cast by Friday 19th September 2014.

Chris has also been nominated for the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label. The finalists for this award will be announced shortly.

Customising customers’ needs

June 30, 2014

“Elevating Africa to New Heights” was one of the key topics in the June 2014 edition of leading industry magazine, Global Telecoms Business. Chris Wood, WIOCC’s CEO, was interviewed for this issue, expounding upon how WIOCC is playing a unique role in increasing and improving connectivity to the African continent.

In the interview, Chris outlined how WIOCC is able to meets carriers’ demands for additional capacity and diversity through significant investments in expanding and enhancing its submarine and terrestrial fibre network capacity.

To find out more on how WIOCC works with its customers to meet their needs, read the full article titled “Increased connectivity and rapid growth in demand elevate Africa to new heights”.

Connecting the Unconnected

June 19, 2014

WIOCC offers a unique, diversity-rich Pan-African network which provides direct international connectivity to more than 500 locations in 30 African countries.

Seamlessly linking in excess of 40,000km of submarine cable and more than 55,000km of terrestrial fibre, WIOCC’s network is helping to bring affordable, high-capacity international connectivity to landlocked countries such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and Lesotho. Bandwidth prices in Lesotho fell by 67% when WIOCC used its unique terrestrial network to connect the Kingdom.

Submarine Telecoms Forum magazine recently found out more about the major role WIOCC is playing in supporting economic growth in Africa in their May–June Issue, described in an article entitled ‘Africa Elevated to New Heights’.

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Sam Ndungu named one of the top 50 CFOs in global telecommunications

February 24, 2014
Samuel Ndungu, WIOCC CFO

Samuel Ndungu, WIOCC CFO

Sam Ndungu, CFO of award-winning Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has been named one of the global telecommunications industry’s top 50 CFOs to watch in 2014.

WIOCC CFO Sam Ndungu is one of only four Africa-based executives in the Global Telecoms Business magazine list, which named the top 50 global telecommunications industry CFOs to watch in 2014.

Responsible for WIOCC’s overall financial functions, Sam has been pivotal in managing the company’s continued growth and profitability since joining the business in 2009. WIOCC’s strong financial position has been achieved despite an increasingly competitive marketplace, and this has enabled significant, ongoing investments to be made to extend WIOCC’s infrastructure, increase its capacity, further strengthen its customer service and roll out new offerings.

A Certified Public Accountant and International Business Administration graduate, Sam has more than 15 years’ experience in auditing, banking and telecommunications. He is co-chairman of EASSy’s Finance and Administration sub-committee and also of the Investments and Agreements sub-committee.

See the full list on Page 46 of the January/February issue of Global Telecoms Business

WIOCC CCO James Wekesa on expert panel at Capacity Africa, Dar es Salaam

September 15, 2013

ImageOn 17th  September, James Wekesa, Chief Commercial Officer at Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, will take part in a broad-ranging discussion about connectivity infrastructure – from network development and integration, to diversity and service continuity – at Capacity Africa,  Dar es Salaam.

As CCO at WIOCC, with its unique, 50,000km pan-African terrestrial network, James is ideally placed to provide valuable insights into the importance of unifying national networks in multiple countries into a single, seamless network offering.

According to Mr Wekesa, “With diversity also set to be a key topic for discussion, there will be keen interest in WIOCC’s approach to providing carriers with cost-effective, international network diversity. WIOCC has made strategic investments in core terrestrial and submarine assets, which we supplement with additional capacity on other systems, all packaged into a seamless, one-stop-shop, end-to-end service offering.”

Other topical issues set to be covered within the panel session include:

  • Creating reliable terrestrial routes and building efficiency in the network
  • The challenges of keeping fibre networks up and running
  • Can governments intervene to help protect cable infrastructure?
  • Assessing developments in subsea
  • Integrating supplier diversity within connectivity strategies
  • How can integrated regional infrastructure be achieved?

Chris Wood on expert panel at Submarine Networks World

September 12, 2013

SONY DSCChris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, will be an expert panellist in a discussion session about submarine cable projects in Africa and the Middle East on the final day (Thursday, 12 September) of Submarine Networks World in Singapore.

The discussion is expected to focus upon a broad cross-section of topical issues including:
• How much more international submarine capacity does Africa need, given the number of existing submarine cable landings and the technology-driven design capacity increases on existing cables?
• The importance of seamlessly linking submarine cable connectivity to an extensive terrestrial network, and putting in place infrastructure to enable origination and termination of traffic throughout the region
• Supporting customers’ growing need for physical diversity in their international networks and the benefits of a seamless one-stop-shop interface
As the CEO of the largest shareholder in the EASSy submarine cable, Chris will be able to provide valuable insights into how the EASSy cable has been able to support capacity growth throughout the eastern and southern Africa region. WIOCC is also now assisting multiple carrier customers in delivering high-speed connectivity out of western Africa.

“Network diversity and integrated access to terrestrial and submarine networks are two of the most common discussion points being raised by our customers at the moment,” said WIOCC CEO Chris Wood.

“I am looking forward to a lively discussion with my fellow panel members, and hope that this will help those in the audience who are developing and refining their capacity strategies for the continent.”

Meet WIOCC in September

September 10, 2013

This month, WIOCC will be attending Submarine Networks World Singapore and Capacity Africa in Dar es Salaam.

Between 10th and 12th September, Chris Wood (WIOCC CEO) and John Sihra (WIOCC Chairman) will be representing WIOCC at the Submarine Networks World Singapore event at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. They will be available for meetings throughout the event and  Chris will be participating in an expert panel session entitled “Middle East & Africa cable project showcase” on Thursday 12th September.

WIOCC are also Gold Sponsors of Capacity Africa 2013 – the meeting place for carriers active in African wholesale markets.

This event will take place on 17th and 18th September, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. WIOCC will  sponsor a cocktail event on the first evening and James Wekesa (WIOCC’s CCO) will participate in a panel discussion, entitled “Building reliable infrastructure & capitalising on infrastructure efficiency”.  WIOCC’s events, sales and marketing teams – and WIOCC’s local shareholder, Zantel – will be available at the WIOCC booth (#5) throughout the event to answer your questions.

To arrange meetings with the WIOCC team at either event, please contact Winnie at Winnie.karisa@wiocc.net

DANTE and UbuntuNet Alliance award contract to WIOCC to provide connectivity services to Sub-Saharan Africa

May 28, 2013
WIOCC globe April 2013

WIOCC’s award-winning network

28 May 2013, Cambridge, UK: DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) has awarded a 15 year contract to award-winning carrier WIOCC for connectivity services in Southern and Eastern Africa, kicking off a two year planning and procurement phase for the AfricaConnect project. In 2015, the contract will novate from DANTE to the UbuntuNet Alliance.

The connectivity procured under the AfricaConnect project complements the UbuntuNet network, a high-capacity network for research and education in Sub-Saharan Africa which creates a regional gateway for global research collaboration. Whilst the long-awaited internet backbone will improve the lives of millions of Africans through accelerated research and education, the connectivity will equally benefit collaborative scientific research the world over, in areas such as climate change, malaria, biodiversity and medicine.

Africa is a rich resource of intellect and genetic resources, as well as having the sort of large quiet spaces ideal for deep space research, and its increased involvement in global science is highly anticipated.

Detailed evaluation
A comprehensive procurement process began in October 2011. Ten organisations from Africa and Europe submitted tenders, and after a competitive negotiation process, the final shortlist comprised five potential suppliers.

Says Cathrin Stöver, Chief International Relations & Communication Officer, DANTE:
“We selected WIOCC for its excellent track record in delivering high-performance, end-to-end managed international connectivity services. The winning solution offered carefully tailored performance, reach, resilience and management, which matched the strict requirements set out in the Invitation to Tender for AfricaConnect.”

WIOCC will provide high-speed data transmission capacity between a set of Sub-Saharan Africa locations and Europe, along with housing space for UbuntuNet routing, switching and monitoring equipment.

WIOCC CEO Chris Wood adds:
“We are delighted to be partnering with DANTE and the UbuntuNet Alliance in delivering a shared vision of improved connectivity for the people of Africa, and here in particular for those involved in research and education in Southern and Eastern Africa.

“We will implement a bespoke solution based on WIOCC’s extensive African terrestrial and submarine infrastructure to deliver the cost-effective, resilient, high-capacity infrastructure required for this project. It is a real privilege to be chosen to support this initiative which will, I am sure, make an enduring contribution to the sharing of knowledge and educational resources within the region and with the global academic and research community.”

AfricaConnect governance and future plans
Funded by the European Commission and coordinated by DANTE, AfricaConnect is a collaborative partnership between Africa (represented by the UbuntuNet Alliance and its 14 member National Research and Education Networks, NRENs, as well as the Association of African Universities, AAU, and the West and Central African Research and Education Network, WACREN) and Europe – supported by 5 European NRENs (DFN – Germany; GARR – Italy; FCCN – Portugal; HEAnet – Ireland; SURFnet – Netherlands).

WIOCC continues African expansion with new staff appointments

April 22, 2013

Left to right: Darren Bedford, Martin Mutiiria and Jason Tutty

Left to right: Darren Bedford, Martin Mutiiria and Jason Tutty

WIOCC is further strengthening its presence in Africa by bringing in three experienced senior telecoms industry professionals: Darren Bedford, from PCCW (formerly Gateway Communications); Martin Mutiiria, from Nokia Siemens Networks; and Jason Tutty from Reliance Globalcom.

In their new roles, Director of Africa Business Development Darren Bedford, Martin Mutiiria, Director, Sales, Africa, and Network Planning and Operations Director Jason Tutty will help carriers, telcos, network operators and ISPs across the continent to exploit WIOCC’s unrivalled African network and end-to-end-managed wholesale connectivity.

Explaining the thinking behind these appointments, WIOCC CEO Chris Wood said: “We are seeing increasing demand from businesses for diversity-rich, high-speed international connectivity to and from Africa. We are expanding our business development and sales teams in Africa to meet this demand.“

“The skills, experience and contacts that Darren, Martin and Jason bring will be invaluable in helping new and existing customers benefit from WIOCC’s award-winning network, which seamlessly links 50,000km of African terrestrial fibre with multiple international submarine cables.”

Darren Bedford – WIOCC Director of Africa Business Development

As Director of Africa Business Development, Darren’s responsibilities include planning and implementing business development strategies and expanding WIOCC’s network coverage across the region.

Prior to joining WIOCC, Darren was Head of Terrestrial and Subsea Expansion at PCCW and was responsible for the expansion of Gateway’s African network. Before that, Darren was Commercial Director for Aerosat, South Africa’s first wireless internet start-up.

Martin Mutiiria – WIOCC Director, Sales, Africa

In this new role, Martin Mutiiria is responsible for growing WIOCC’s customer base through direct and indirect sales of products and services in Africa. As well as prospecting, customer acquisition and retention, customer relationship management of WIOCC’s 14 African telco shareholders will also be an important focus for Martin.

Martin was the Services Sales Manager for Bharti Africa Group at Nokia Siemens Networks before joining WIOCC, and was responsible for service solutions and sales across 16 African countries.

Jason Tutty – Network Planning and Operations Director

Jason has also taken on a new role, in which he is responsible for planning and managing resilient, end-to-end connectivity for WIOCC’s expanding number of carrier customers.

Formerly the Engineering and Operations Support Director at Reliance Globalcom, Jason brings with him a wealth of valuable telecoms industry experience spanning network operations, service and sales support, OSS/BSS development and network deployment. His last 12 years were spent in the submarine and global IP/MPLS industry.


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