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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 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.

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)


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