Posts Tagged ‘WIOCC’

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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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.

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

Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade EASSy submarine cable system along Africa’s eastern and southern coast

January 27, 2014

Upgrade to 10,000km subsea system linking South Africa to Sudan will further boost ultra-broadband capacity and strengthen onward connectivity between eastern & southern Africa and Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Paris, January 22, 2014 — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is to upgrade the EASSy submarine cable system, one of the largest and most modern systems serving Africa, with the deployment of the latest 100 gigabit-per-second (Gbit/s) technology.

Alcatel-Lucent‘s 100G technology will enable the system to ultimately carry capacity in excess of 10Tbit/s, further complementing its ability to carry high volumes of data capacity on the EASSy system, which runs 10,000km from South Africa to Sudan, in support of the continued explosion of data traffic in Africa. Alcatel-Lucent will leverage its unmatched experience of deployments around Africa to provide this upgrade within EASSy’s requested timeframe.

EASSy is owned and operated by a group of 17 African and international shareholders – all telecommunications operators and service providers. The system is implemented in a protected ring configuration linking eight countries from Sudan to South Africa, via Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Comores and Mozambique. Landings are located in Port Sudan, Djibouti (Djibouti), Mombasa (Kenya), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Moroni (Comores), Toliary (Madagascar), Maputo (Mozambique) and Mtunzini (South Africa). The system also addresses a wide range of international destinations through interconnection with multiple international submarine cable networks for diverse, seamless onward connectivity to Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.

Chris Wood, Chairman of the EASSy Management Committee said: “Since EASSy entered service in 2010, we have seen enormous growth in demand for capacity on the system, reflecting the service quality and reliability that we have been able to offer. This upgrade will add an additional 400Gbps of capacity throughout the system, using Alcatel-Lucent’s advanced coherent 100Gbit/s technology, and enables us to take a further step in offering our customers the ultra-broadband capacity needed for innovative services and applications.”

Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “We are pleased to continue our cooperation with EASSy owners following the initial deployment and subsequent upgrades to higher speeds. With staged upgrades until now, this latest upgrade using our 100Gbit/s technology confirms Alcatel-Lucent as the leading innovation partner to address evolving connectivity needs over time whilst meeting the low-latency and the resilience requirements that our customers demand.”

Meet WIOCC at AfricaCom and Capacity Europe

November 6, 2013

WIOCC will be present at two major telecoms exhibitions/events over the next couple of weeks.

  • If you’ll be at AfricaCom in Cape Town on November 12-14th, please visit us on our stand – D9a. We’ll have a large presence at the event and on the stand, including most of WIOCC’s executive team.
  • On November 18-20th, Mike Last (Director of Marketing & International Business Development)  will be attending Capacity Europe in Amsterdam - where WIOCC has been shortlisted for Capacity’s ‘Best African Wholesale Carrier, 2013′ award.

To arrange a meeting with WIOCC at either event, please email info@wiocc.net (including your contact details)

WIOCC CEO Chris Wood among 100 most powerful people in global telecommunications and nominated for AfricaCom Awards 2013

October 23, 2013

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

In the 6th annual GTB Power 100 listing, Chris ascended 14 places in the rankings to 65. He is one of only four executives from African businesses to appear in this Global Telecoms Business magazine-compiled list, which identifies the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

Chris is credited with masterminding impressive growth over the last 12 months at the Africa-focused international capacity wholesaler, where revenues rose by 40% and profits increased by more than 100%.

The publication highlighted that ‘Wood’s vision for improving the reach, quality and affordability of Africa’s international connectivity includes strategic investments, key partnerships, technical excellence and an absolute commitment to customer service.’

He was also acknowledged for ‘establishing WIOCC as the number one supplier of diversity-rich, high-capacity, end-to-end managed circuits into and out of Africa’.

WIOCC CEO shortlisted for AfricaCom Awards 2013

Further to his recognition by Global Telecoms Business, WIOCC’s CEO has also been shortlisted for the AfricaCom awards 2013 in the ‘Industry personality of the year’ category. Chris was nominated in October 2013 for the award based on his achievements over the past years.

Chris has led WIOCC since inception, building it quickly into a profitable, award-winning business with a unique, pan-African network footprint.

Under his stewardship, WIOCC is transforming how businesses operate and how individuals go about their daily lives in Africa. The resulting improvements in availability and affordability of broadband capabilities have been extremely beneficial in:

  • enabling African and international telecommunications service providers to roll out ever-more-advanced services into African markets
  • offering businesses opportunities to make operational savings, deliver improved capabilities and address new markets. Greater capacity and network reach are also supporting the development of a community of internet-based businesses across eastern and southern Africa.
  • allowing high-capacity links to be created between education and research establishments, helping to speed up research and shorten development times of new products and services
  • improving access to information, news, entertainment, education, social networking and a growing range of eGovernment services – improving quality of life for millions across the African continent

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


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