WIOCC shortlisted at Global Carrier Awards 2017

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Capacity wholesaler WIOCC, the leading supplier of international bandwidth for Africa, has been shortlisted for the Best African Wholesale Carrier award at this year’s Global Carrier Awards, which will be presented on Wednesday 25 October at the Intercontinental Hotel, London – O2, alongside Capacity Europe.

Mike Last, WIOCC CMO and VP, International Business Development, remarked: “This is the fourth consecutive year WIOCC has been shortlisted for this award, which demonstrates the continued high quality of seamless, end-to-end managed connectivity solutions that we provide into, out of and within Africa”.

More details about the awards, read here.

 

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WIOCC CEO Chris Wood: one of the 100 most powerful people in global telecoms

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For the seventh consecutive year, Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has been named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

Inspirational leadership

Named within the Subsea & Data Centres section of this year’s GTB Power 100, Chris was acclaimed for his inspirational leadership, for his commitment to making an enduring contribution to African communications, and for being central to the transformation of Africa’s connectivity landscape – helping drive demand for network/service improvement initiatives that are bringing the benefits of the internet to an ever-greater number of people in ever-more countries.

Chris has led WIOCC since its formation in 2008, swiftly building it into the leading supplier of seamless, end-to-end managed service solutions into, out of and within Africa. He continues to invest in enhancing the reach, quality and diversity of WIOCC’s unique network, which currently offers customers seamless direct connectivity to over 550 locations across 30 African countries, and many more countries globally, through 55,000km of terrestrial fibre and more than 60,000km of submarine cable.

Chris also co-Chairs the EASSy Management Committee and is a leader in the submarine cable system’s deployment, extension and incremental capacity upgrades.

The 2017 GTB Power 100 – https://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/article/b14xj0qzzyc34x/gtb-announces-power100-for-2017 – 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.

 

A day in the life of… James Wekesa, Chief Commercial Officer at WIOCC

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James Wekesa is a deal maker. As the chief commercial officer at Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, Wekesa has an interesting and varied job which includes managing strong, mutually beneficial relationships with WIOCC’s 14 African shareholders.

These shareholders are made up from a mix of incumbent fixed-line operators, mobile challengers, wholesalers and even a regulator, some of which are submarine cable landing station owners, others being landlocked and dependent on cross-border arrangements for access to international connectivity.

These strong relationships are a key element in WIOCC’s ability to provide its own customers with excellent service, enabling it to deliver their traffic seamlessly via a unique 55,000km pan-African terrestrial network. WIOCC’s shareholders are also the company’s key channel to market in their respective domestic markets.

For more read here

Article from Capacity Magazine October/November Issue

 

Meet WIOCC at Capacity Africa, 2017

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WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier is today present at Capacity Africa taking place at Kampala Serena Hotel, Kampala, Uganda. Make your way to Africa’s largest carrier event on the continent. With over 450+ senior-level executives representing Africa’s entire carrier community, Capacity Africa 2017 will deliver the ultimate platform to network with existing partners and establish new lucrative business partnerships. The WIOCC team is ready to tackle any complex challenge and deliver simple solutions.

Come and visit the WIOCC team at stand 10 and engage with Mike Last – VP, International Business Development, Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development, Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales. Natasha Mzungu – Regional Sales Manager – Southern Africa and Edilson Sixpene – Country Sales Manager, Mozambique.

To arrange a meeting for the two-day event with WIOCC please contact marketing@wiocc.net.

Martin Mutiiria speaks at Zimbabwe’s Broadband Economy Forum 2017

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Today, 20th July 2017, Martin Mutiiria – WIOCC’s Director, Sales – Africa will represent WIOCC at Zimbabwe’s 4th edition of Broadband Economy Forum being held in Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Martin will share his expertise during his speaking slot titled ‘What A Broadband Driven Economy in Today’s Africa Looks Like’ between 09.00am and 09.30am. Thereafter, Mr. Mutiiria will be joined by  Joseph Machiva – Divisional Director of Retail, TelOne, Clever Isaya – COO, NetOne,  Fayaz King – COO, Econet Wireless, Wellington Makamure – CEO, Liquid Telecom, Winfred Musengeya – Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Telecel Zimbabwe and Nhena Nyagura – CEO, Dandemutande to discuss questions that businesses have particularly regarding collaboration with the telecoms sector.

The Broadband Economy Conference places top business leaders from the full diversity of industries in one room to discuss one thing: how to utilise technology right now to grow their businesses. It will be a day of presentation, discussion and networking with local and regional decision makers in the broadband industry.

To reach Martin at the Broadband Economy Forum, please email him at martin.mutiiria@wiocc.net

WIOCC CMO, Mike Last to join Africa panel session at Subsea Connect 2017

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Subsea Connect takes place from tomorrow, Tuesday 11th until Wednesday 12th July 2017 in Marseille. Mike Last, CMO & VP, International Business Development of Africa’s carriers’ carrier, WIOCC will be attending and participating in a panel discussion on ‘Africa – looking forward – How is the continent set to ride the waves as it gains increased subsea cable connectivity?’.

The panel is scheduled for Wednesday 12th July (Day 2) at 12:00 -12:50 pm, Q&A format, moderated by Andrew Lipman, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Other panellists include Artur Mendes (Angola Cables), Chris George (Google) and Byron Clatterbuck (Seacom).

Recent subsea cable rollouts increasing connectivity in Africa have been a key stimulator of economic growth on the continent, both for countries domestically and from a global perspective. This session will explore what the pathway looks like to increased reliable connectivity, who’ll be paving the way and what’s next for Africa’s digital future. Be sure not to miss this interactive panel session!

Questions to be covered will include:

  • Reflecting on what’s already been accomplished – analysing and exploring the developments made by the EASSy and Main One submarine cable systems
  • What does the pathway to increased subsea connectivity look like on the continent? Is it all plain sailing or do rough waters lie ahead?
  • Update from Angola Cables on the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) as the first direct Southern Atlantic submarine cable
  • What projections can be made as we enter the next era of Africa’s digital future?

To book a meeting with the Mike Last at the event, please contact him on mike.last@wiocc.net.

 

 

 

Connect with Africa’s carriers’ carrier at ITW

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Come along and interact with WIOCC, Africa’s carriers’ carrier at the ITW (International Telecoms Week) conference.  The event is the largest meeting point for the global wholesale telecoms community, running from May 14th – 17th 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL.

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO, will lead a team representing its Kenya, South Africa and UK offices.  The team comprises: Sam Ndungu -CFO; James Wekesa – CCO; Ryan Sher – COO; Mike Last – CMO & VP, Marketing & International Business Development; Hitesh Desai – Director, Southern Africa Sales; Rob Irvin – Director, Bid Management & Product; Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development; Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales; Nikki Popoola – Director West Africa; Tony Razzell – Director of Business Intelligence and Winnie Karisa – Marketing Assistant.

During the conference, Chris Wood will share his expertise at a panel discussion on Tuesday 16th May, 2017 from 08.30 – 11.30 on ‘’Achieving A Connected Continent: Leading The Data Explosion Across Africa’’ at Swiss Tower, Gold Level, Alpine.

Meetings are being scheduled with existing and prospective customers. To arrange a meeting with the team, please contact marketing@wiocc.net.

Find us at Columbus EF, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency.

WIOCC’s support for Kenya Wildlife Service – Lion conservation in Kenya

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Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC is extending its support to African lions by donating 500,000 Kenyan Shillings-worth (equivalent to $4,860 US Dollars) of much-needed drugs and consumables to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). These are for use in veterinary interventions, including the safe immobilisation of lions prior to medical examinations or surgical procedures, or when lions require relocation back to areas of safety.

For many years, African wildlife has been dear to the heart of Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, which has its main office in Nairobi, Kenya.

After the sad killing of Mohawk – a majestic, 13-year-old lion with a distinctive black mane that strayed away from the Nairobi National Park in late March 2016 and was shot dead before a suitably-equipped veterinary team could reach him – Chris began raising funds for the KWS through multiple activities and initiatives, starting at a global telecommunications industry event in Chicago that May.

Mr Wood explains: “Following this initial support, I wanted to see how WIOCC could partner with KWS moving forward. Out of this came the donation of additional anaesthetic drugs and medical consumables for use by veterinarians during wildlife rescues. The hope is that this will help prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future”.

In a joint statement, Dr Isaac Lekolool, Senior Veterinary Officer at KWS, and Idza Dzilla, from the KWS Resource Mobilization Office, explained the difference this partnership with WIOCC will make: “Lions are beautiful but vulnerable animals and we are committed to helping protect and conserve them. The anaesthetic drugs that WIOCC has so generously donated will help us carry out vital veterinary procedures on these wonderful and endangered animals“.

 

WIOCC’s Mike Last: one of ‘50 Strategists to Watch’

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Leading industry magazine Global Telecoms Business has named Mike Last, WIOCC’s Chief Marketing Officer & VP, International Business Development, as one of their 50 Strategists to Watch in global telecommunications.

Published in the magazine’s 150th issue, the list identifies ‘… those strategists that have hit the headlines in 2016 due to mergers and acquisitions, IPOs or (for) their vision’.

Mike worked closely with CEO, Chris Wood, on WIOCC’s original strategy eight years ago,  and has continued to play a significant part in the maintenance and update of company strategy up to the present day. During this period his marketing expertise has also been influential in transforming WIOCC into an internationally recognised, multi-award-winning capacity and network services wholesaler, widely regarded as the #1 supplier of high-performance bandwidth solutions in Africa.

Meet WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier at Capacity Middle East, 2017

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SONY DSCAre you in Dubai, UAE?  Well, make your way to Grand Hyatt Hotel to be part of the ongoing largest carrier event in the Middle East  – Capacity Middle East 2017. WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier executive team is present and participating with  Chris Wood – WIOCC CEO, Mike Last –  CMO & VP, International Business Development, Nikki Popoola – Director Sales and Hitesh Desai – Director, Sales – Southern Africa in attendance.

Chris Wood will also share his expertise in a panel session about  ‘The surge of new submarine cables & the role they play in addressing data explosion, content demands, regional  IOT & cloud adoption’ on the second day (Wednesday 8th March 2017) at 10:00 am.

Chris, Mike, Nikki and Hitesh are having meetings with some of the attendees to discuss more about WIOCC as a Partner in Africa for:

  • High-quality WIOCC Carrier IP Transit Services
  • Technical and commercial flexibility
  • Access to the most extensive fibre-optic network in Africa
  • Tailored end- to- end solutions

To book a meeting with the executive team at the ongoing event, please contact marketing@wiocc.net