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WIOCC shortlisted for three awards at AfricaCom 2014

October 11, 2014

The shortlists for the super-prestigious AfricaCom awards have just been released: http://www.africacomawards.com/africacom-awards-shortlist-2014/

Following its successes at the last two events (Best Pan-African Initiative, 2012 and Industry Personality of the Year, 2013), WIOCC has for the first time been shortlisted in three categories:

  • Changing Lives Award
  • Best Connectivity Solution for Africa
  • Best Network Improvement

Winners will be announced at the Awards dinner in Cape Town on November 12th, 2014.

AfricaCom Awards 2014 event-logo2

 

Chris Wood selected as one of the 100 most powerful people in global telecoms

September 30, 2014

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEOChris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has today been named one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

In this year’s GTB Power 100 listing, Chris climbed the rankings to #62 – up from #65 last year and #79 in 2012. He is one of only four executives from African businesses included within this Global Telecoms Business magazine-compiled list, which names the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

Earlier this year, Chris brought the first and only direct submarine cable connectivity to the 10 million inhabitants of Somalia, masterminding the landing of the EASSy cable in Mogadishu after six years of hard work in the face of the most difficult conditions possible with piracy, shore-based unrest etc.

He has continued to expand Africa’s carriers’ carrier in line with its rapidly-growing customer base, again delivering significant year-on-year financial growth: in the past 12 months, WIOCC’s revenues increased by 40% and profits rose by more than 100%. Meanwhile, further investments were made in WIOCC’s core network, staff numbers increased by 40% and WIOCC’s Nairobi-based Network Operations Centre doubled in size. Chris was named Industry Personality of the Year Award at the 6th Annual AfricaCom Awards in Cape Town, in November 2013.

Chris has led WIOCC since start-up, building it from an unknown fledgling organisation that sold capacity on EASSy (the East Africa Submarine Cable System), into the leading wholesaler of high-speed, international bandwidth for Africa. WIOCC currently seamlessly links more than 55,000km of terrestrial fibre to 40,000km of submarine fibre-optic cable, offering carriers affordable, reliable connectivity to over 500 locations across 30 African countries and more than 700 cities in 70 countries globally.

The 2014 GTB Power 100:

http://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/Article/3384240/Global-Telecoms-Business-Power100-for-2014.html#.VCoGgBaKWik

The Power 100 list is compiled from nominations made by readers of Global Telecoms Business, including CEOs, CFOs and other senior executives of the world’s major operators, telecom vendors and industry organisations.

 

Rob Irvin joins WIOCC as Director of Product

September 30, 2014
Rob Irvin

Rob Irvin

Experienced senior telecoms professional Rob Irvin joins Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC in the new role of Director of Product.

Previously responsible for international network development at Tata Communications, Rob will focus on continuing to expand WIOCC’s product offering to its carrier customers, including extending its Ethernet and IP Transit service portfolios.

Commenting on the appointment, WIOCC CEO Chris Wood said: “We have created this new position because of the increasing demand we are seeing for bespoke, diversity-rich, high-speed connectivity solutions into and out of Africa. Rob’s wealth of technical, commercial and managerial expertise will be invaluable as we continue to evolve our capabilities to match this demand”.

The creation of this new role is the latest in a series of expansion initiatives undertaken by the capacity wholesaler, which continues to grow to meet the needs of its expanding and increasingly bandwidth-hungry international customer base. As well as making sizeable investments in submarine and terrestrial cable capacity to maintain its carrier-scale core network, in the past year WIOCC has also increased its workforce by 40 per cent and doubled the size of its Network Operations Centre in Nairobi – where its team of Customer Champions provide 24x7x365 end-to-end support to customers.

WIOCC CEO Chris Wood on expert panel at TMT Finance & Investment Africa 2014

June 17, 2014

Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier, WIOCC, will be an expert panelist in a discussion session about Investing in Next Generation Networks – Delivering broadband services for Africa on the first day (Wednesday, 18th June) of TMT Finance & Investment Africa 2014 in London, UK.

There is enormous demand for new telecoms infrastructure and services across the continents and many billions of dollars of investment and financing is required. However restructuring, consolidation and realignment of business models and portfolios is also essential to raise the investment capital.

The discussion is expected to focus on effective technologies, investment models and standards for rolling out mobile, and topical issues including:

  • Mobile and fixed broadband network deployment – cost and implication
  • Government and Regulation – how can policy stimulate growth?
  • Broadband technology assessed – FTTH, LTE, HDSPA and Satellite
  • Spectrum management – preparing for digital dividend
  • Next Generation Investment Models – From PPP to Open Access

“Continuing to improve access to broadband networks is vital for Africans and Africa. I am very much looking forward to discussing the topic with my fellow panel members, and I hope this will help those looking to deploy or invest in the next-generation networks that will continue to shape Africa’s future” said WIOCC CEO Chris Wood.

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

WIOCC wins Best Interpretation and Integration of Exhibition Theme Award at EACO Congress 2013

July 4, 2013

WIOCC won the ‘Best Interpretation and Integration of Exhibition Theme’ award at last week’s East African Communications Organisation (EACO) Congress 2013 for best incorporating the congress theme, “Making broadband work for social economic growth in Africa” within their exhibition stand.

Martin Mutiiria, WIOCC’s Director of Africa Sales, explaining WIOCC’s integrated network to ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i at WIOCC’s stand

Martin Mutiiria, WIOCC’s Director of Africa Sales, explaining WIOCC’s integrated network to ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i at WIOCC’s stand

The 20th EACO Congress was held on 24th – 28th June 2013 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The Congress is the highest decision-making organ of EACO and is held annually in rotation among the five East African member states. It brings together regulators and operators of broadcasting, postal and telecommunications/ICT services. The one-week event drew participants from key ICT stakeholders in the EACO membership (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania) as well as policy makers and high-ranking government officials from across the region. Together they discussed a wide range of issues touching on Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Kenya’s ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’I acknowledged the event as making a crucial contribution towards harmonisation of ICT policies and laws that would transform the region into a single ICT investment market.  Alongside the Congress, Dr. Fred Matiang’i visited the exhibition stands – including WIOCC’s, to better understand the role WIOCC plays in the East African community with its extensive, high-capacity terrestrial and submarine networks and its end-to-end managed connectivity offerings.

James Wekesa speaks at Zimbabwe’s Broadband Forum 2013

May 10, 2013

James Wekesa, WIOCC CCO

Today, 10th May 2013, James Wekesa – WIOCC’s CCO and Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa Sales will represent WIOCC at Zimbabwe’s first Broadband Forum being held in Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Mr. Wekesa will be among the six speakers tackling a variety of internet-related topics at the event. He will offer his expertise during his speaking slot titled ‘Opportunities availed by increased bandwidth capacity on the continent’ between 11:15 and 11:45am.

During his presentation session, James will review the commercial opportunities created by increased bandwidth capacity on the African continent and in Zimbabwe.

This first Broadband Forum aims to unlock the value locally in mass uptake of broadband internet access, providing a platform to unbox opportunities, track progress, zero in on the challenges and explore solutions on all broadband issues. It will be a day of presentation, discussion and networking with local and regional decision makers in the broadband industry.

To reach James or Martin at the Broadband Forum, please email them at james.wekesa@wiocc.net or martin.mutiiria@wiocc.net.

WIOCC at ITW 2013

May 6, 2013

WIOCC will be present at the International Telecoms Week (ITW ’13) being held in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, USA from 13th – 15th May, 2013.

Chris Wood – CEO, Ryan Sher – COO, Mike Last – Director, Marketing and International Business Development and Winnie Karisa – Marketing will represent WIOCC at the event.

Chris Wood will be participating in a panel discussion on Tuesday 14th May, 2013 at East Tower, Gold Level, Columbus CD conference room. Mr. Wood will offer his expertise and comments within the spotlight on Africa panel session titled ‘Driving data demand in Africa’. Some of the topics to be discussed on the panel include:
• Tracking the impact of subsea cable connectivity on nascent markets
– identifying markets with the largest data needs and growth projections
• Determining terrestrial infrastructure needs for quality, redundant and reliable services
– is there sufficient deployment of additional terrestrial infrastructure
– tracking IP growth vs. terrestrial network growth across the continent
– evaluating the opportunity represented by large markets like Libya and Ethiopia if liberalized
• Motivating in-region content development to create data demand
– how can service providers promote content creation and distribution to drive demand across their networks?
– when will Africa live up to its bandwidth promise?
• Driving mobile internet uptake and adoption
– cheaper handsets = more eyeballs?
– LTE timelines and viability
– which content and applicants will drive the proliferation of bandwidth?
• Establishing a roadmap to provoke the explosion

To arrange a meeting with the WIOCC team please contact Winnie Karisa at winnie.karisa@wiocc.net or info@wiocc.net.

WIOCC’s Ryan Sher: one of the 40 most influential under-40 year olds in global telecommunications

April 29, 2013

Ryan Sher, WIOCC COO

Ryan Sher, WIOCC COO

For the third consecutive year, Ryan Sher, Chief Operating Officer at Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has been acclaimed1 as one of the 40 most influential people under the age of 40 in the global telecommunications industry.

Ryan has been a key force in the development and commercialisation of WIOCC’s unique international fibre-optic network, which won the Best Pan-African Initiative Award at AfricaCom 2012 and seamlessly links 50,000km of African terrestrial fibre with multiple international submarine cables.

In his citation, Ryan was recognised for ‘his drive, energy and business skills, which have been vital in transforming WIOCC – after less than five years trading – into Africa’s carriers’ carrier. WIOCC leads the way in delivering end-to-end-managed wholesale connectivity to Africa and offers carriers diversity-rich, high-speed international connectivity to and from over 400 locations in 30 African countries.’

Ryan’s achievements include implementing the first truly seamless, diversity-rich, high-speed network between Africa and Europe – linking WIOCC’s strategic investments in EASSy, EIG and WACS – and managing the interconnection of WIOCC shareholder and partner networks to create the largest (over 50,000km) terrestrial fibre footprint in Africa.


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