WIOCC’s Business Update: H1 2015

July 2, 2015

Bunsiess Update iconWIOCC publishes a business update capturing progress made in the company for its customers. This issue of the business update is on topical news relating to WIOCC’s international and Africa connectivity. Some of the updates covered in this issue are:

Bringing high-speed, international connectivity to Somalia

Individuals and businesses in Somalia, and international organisations wanting to do business with or in the country, can now benefit from reliable, direct, high-capacity fibre-optic connectivity to the global internet. This became possible when WIOCC, working in partnership with local operator Dalkom Somalia, fundamentally changed the international connectivity landscape of one of the last ‘corners’ of Africa previously without direct fibre-optic connectivity and helped create a vital platform for sustainable economic growth…….

WIOCC grows its African network

Delivering uncompromisingly high levels of customer service and satisfaction to its expanding customer base of national and international carriers and ISPs, is a cornerstone of WIOCC’s offering. By building more PoPs (Points of Presence) at key customer-driven locations within Africa, WIOCC is able to provide additional, highly cost-effective protection to customers against service interruptions along its traffic routes. Across the continent, including new locations such as Maseru in Lesotho, WIOCC now operates 23 PoPs – either solely or in partnership with its shareholders…..

Customer-led IP transit services

WIOCC has developed its IP Transit service especially for ISPs, Content Providers and other service operators who need dedicated access to the internet (IPv4 & IPv6), providing a high-quality and efficient way of achieving congestion-free internet connectivity.

It offers connectivity to the entire global internet content through access to WIOCC’s BGP routing table, including partnerships with Tier-1 operators, as well as private and public transit-free peering agreements with major global IP networks – both on a national and international level……..

You can read the full publication on Business Update May 2015

WIOCC & Dalkom Somalia win at GTB Innovation Awards 2015

May 16, 2015

GTB awardWIOCC & Dalkom Somalia win an award for bringing direct, high-capacity, international connectivity to Somalia for the first time: helping transform life in the country and grow confidence in Somalia’s economic prospects

WIOCC & Dalkom Somalia (WIOCC’s shareholder) have won the Wholesale Service Innovation Award at Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation Awards Summit 2015 for bringing direct, high-capacity, international connectivity to Somalia for the first time: helping transform life in the country and grow confidence in Somalia’s economic.

This GTB Innovation Award recognises an initiative taken to improve telecommunications services at a regional or continental level across Africa. The award was presented to Dalkom Somalia CEO Mohamed Ahmed Jama at the GTB Innovation Summit awards dinner in Piccadilly, London on 13th May 2015.

Services into Somalia were launched in February 2014. After six years’ of hard work in the face of extreme adversity (including piracy, shore-based unrest, etc.), WIOCC successfully landed the >10Tbps capacity EASSy submarine cable at Mogadishu. Already the impact on the country has been vast, and Somalia is looking forward to continuing development in the coming years.

WIOCC CEO Chris Wood commented, “working in partnership with our shareholder, Dalkom Somalia, we have fundamentally changed Somalia’s international connectivity landscape, bringing great benefit to one of the last ‘corners’ of Africa previously without direct fibre-optic connectivity.”

Other important areas of improvement include education, where classrooms are being supplemented by online libraries and digital classrooms, and public access to Government services – such as E-passports, E-National IDs and E-birth and death registrations.

The resulting new job creation is providing a very welcome boost to individuals and the Somalia economy.

Award Winners at International Telecoms Week (ITW ’15)

May 5, 2015

WIOCC, Africa carriers’ carrier, will be attending the International Telecoms Week in Chicago. ITW will take place from Sunday 10th May – 13th May, 2015 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 will comprise Sam Ndungu -CFO; James Wekesa – CCO; Ryan Sher – COO; Mike Last – Director, Marketing & International Business Development; Hitesh Desai – Director, Southern Africa Sales; Rob Irvin – Director, Products; Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development; Jason Tutty – Director, Operations; Rebecca Kariuki – Pricing Manager; Hillary Tarus – Service Delivery Manager and Winnie Karisa – PA to CEO.

Meetings are being scheduled with existing and prospective customers to discuss WIOCC as the partner in Africa for:

  • affordable, reliable, high-speed capacity into, within and out of Africa
  • onward connectivity to Europe and the rest of the world
  • SDH/Ethernet bandwidth and interface options
  • network diversity – both terrestrial and sub-sea

To arrange a meeting with the team, please contact Winnie.karisa@wiocc.net

WIOCC at Capacity Middle East 2015

March 6, 2015
Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Capacity Middle East 2015 has firmly established itself as the ultimate meeting point for all operators and service providers’ active in the Middle Eastern telecoms market and seeking global connectivity. The event is expected to attract 1200+ senior executive delegates from Africa, Asia, Middle Eastern, Europe and North America at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai on 10th – 12th March.

WIOCC will be represented at the event by Chris Wood, CEO, and Mike Last, Director, Marketing & International Business Development. They have a full set of meetings scheduled with customers to discuss WIOCC as their partner in Africa for:

  • affordable, reliable, high-speed capacity into, within and out of Africa
  • onward connectivity to Europe and the rest of the world
  • SDH or Ethernet bandwidth and interface options
  • network diversity – both terrestrial and sub-sea

WIOCC’s Mike Last interviewed on Capacity TV

February 20, 2015

The increasing demand for diverse international connectivity and WIOCC’s collaboration in Europe with Viatel are the topics of a Capacity TV interview between Mike Last, Marketing and International Business Development Director for WIOCC, and Capacity magazine Editor Alex Hawkes.

Viatel interview 2

The interview can be viewed using the link above and can currently be accessed from the Capacity magazine Home Page – http://www.capacitymagazine.com/.

WIOCC’s Mike Last named one of “50 CMOs to watch” in global telecommunications

January 6, 2015

WIOCC’s Marketing and International Business Development Director, Mike Last, has been identified by Global Telecoms Business (GTB) magazine as one of the telecommunications industry’s “50 Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) to watch”.

Mike Last, WIOCC

Mike Last, WIOCC

Executives were nominated for inclusion by colleagues in their companies, by readers and by GTB staff after many discussions with senior executives throughout the industry. This is thought to be the first attempt to identify the industry’s 50 senior marketing professionals to watch.

Responsible for all external and internal marketing, Mike joined WIOCC as employee number two in 2008 and is one of only three1 executives from Africa-based companies in the 50-strong Global Telecoms Business magazine list. Since joining the company, his marketing insight and expertise have been instrumental in helping transform Africa’s carriers’ carrier into a successful, multiple award-winning international capacity and network services wholesaler, now widely recognised as the number one supplier of high-performance bandwidth solutions into and out of Africa.

As well as developing and implementing dynamic marketing strategies, Mike has built a local marketing team in Kenya that delivers world-class communications initiatives. He also works with WIOCC’s shareholders from across Africa to help build their marketing knowledge and expertise – particularly relating to wholesale markets.

1 The other two executives from Africa-based companies are Rita Okuthe (Safaricom) and Tom Tudor (Liquid Telecom).

WIOCC’s double success at AfricaCom awards

January 6, 2015
  • WIOCC wins two awards for bringing direct, high-capacity, international connectivity to Somalia for the first time: helping transform life in the country and grow confidence in Somalia’s economic prospects
  • Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa Award recognises considerable improvement in rural, urban and under-served area’s connectivity
  • Best Network Improvement Award acknowledges significant improvement in a network’s performance or coverage

At the 7th Annual AfricaCom Awards in Cape Town (12 November), Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC won the Best Network Improvement and Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa awards for bringing direct, high-capacity, international connectivity to Somalia for the first time.

l-r: John Sihra, WIOCC Chairman; Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO; Mohamed Ahmed Jama, Dalkom Somalia CEO

l-r: John Sihra, WIOCC Chairman; Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO; Mohamed Ahmed Jama, Dalkom Somalia CEO

According to WIOCC CEO Chris Wood, “These two awards recognise the work we have done to connect Somalia to the global telecommunications network. This initiative has taken six years to achieve and has faced innumerable and seemingly impossible hurdles to overcome. We persevered, never gave up and finally achieved our goal when the EASSy cable was landed in Mogadishu in late 2013.”

“We launched service in February this year and already the impact on the country has been immense. We can see from the rapid traffic growth that more and more people are being connected on a daily basis. This growth curve will accelerate over the coming months as access is extended further into Mogadishu and across the country. “

Through WIOCC, local internet service providers (ISPs) have been able to increase their international capacity and take advantage of improved options for reliability and diversity, and latency reductions of up to 80%. This speed difference has been described as “similar to the difference between day and night”, with the BBC reporting, “… people flocking to hotels and internet cafes to experience a fast service for the first time, where some got their first sight of video platforms such as YouTube and social networking sites”.

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.


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