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

WIOCC COO, Ryan Sher invited to join an interactive polling session & panel

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Ryan Sher, COO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, will be part of an interactive polling session & panel discussion on ‘Future Proofing Subsea and Terrestrial Networks Serving the African Region’ at  Next Generation Optical Networking Africa which takes place on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th February 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Ryan Sher, WIOCC COO

Ryan Sher will participate in the discussion which takes place on the first day between 11.40 am – 1.20pm on Tuesday 14th February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town.

The panel which will be moderated by Wireless Spectrum Research Associate from NSRC, Steve Song will also include Dale Smith from NSRC, James Kanja from National Fibre Backbone Network and Mike Silber from Liquid Telecom. An interactive voting session will be conducted and participants will get a chance to have their say on how networks are developing before the topic is addressed by the panelists.

Some of the questions to be covered include:

  • Are we building fast enough to meet the demands of a bandwidth-hungry generation and how will this demand evolve?
  • Assessing the different options for enabling high capacity access into land locked African countries
  • What is driving broadband demand in the different regions and what growth rate is to be expected?
  • How are Open Networks, PoP-to-PoP connectivity, and ROADMs changing submarine architectures? How will subsea network architectures evolve to deliver to the African region?
  • How is the value chain in Africa evolving? What are the relationships with the ISPs & data centres?

WIOCC shortlisted for multiple awards at AfricaCom 2016

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Africa’s carriers’ carrier, WIOCC is in the running for a hat-trick of awards at this year’s AfricaCom Awards, which will be announced in Cape Town on the 16th November.

africacomawardslogoblack2013An experienced panel of judges drawn from across the telecoms industry shortlisted WIOCC’s ‘Connecting and extending connectivity in Somalia’ entry for the Changing Lives Award, as well as its ‘WIOCC’s Johannesburg Metropolitan Area Network: overcoming the high cost of local loop delivery’ entry in the Best Connectivity Solution category, and also its ‘Further enhancing WIOCC’s unique pan-African network‘ entry for the Best Network Improvement Award.

“WIOCC continues to push the boundaries in order to meet the ever more complex requirements of Africa’s wholesale markets. It is always a pleasure to have our work recognised by independent third-parties, but for me the ultimate reward is to see customers coming back to us year after year for solutions to their evolving communications needs – including the provision of end-to-end network solutions to an ever-growing list of locations in Africa”, commented WIOCC CEO Chris Wood.

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

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Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has once again been identified as one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

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Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO

This year’s GTB Power 100 cited Chris’ vision of making an enduring contribution to communications in Africa, while also acknowledging WIOCC’s progress in extending access to international connectivity to many new locations through the construction of WIOCC metropolitan area networks and the continued partnership with Dalkom in Somalia.

He has led WIOCC since start-up in 2008, building the capacity wholesaler into the leading supplier of seamless, end-to-end managed service solutions into, out of and within Africa. WIOCC now carries almost half of all the traffic on EASSy and seamlessly links more than 55,000km of African 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.

Chris continues to evolve WIOCC’s capabilities in alignment with changing industry needs and end-user demands: from pure point-to-point bandwidth in the early days, to the seamless protection and support for more complex network solutions that carriers and ISPs are increasingly delivering today – with support from WIOCC.

Chris commented, “Whilst I am delighted to again be selected for inclusion in the GTB Power 100, this is very much a reflection of the individual efforts put in throughout the year by the entire WIOCC team. A key element of our Mission is to set the standard by which performance is measured in the industry, and each of us in WIOCC will continue our efforts to make this so”.

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.

Q&A with Bill Boyle of Capacity Media : Chris Wood, CEO, WIOCC

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Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC speaks to Capacity Media about demand challenges, point-to-point bandwidth and how it has created Africa’s largest metropolitan area network (MAN).

What are the main challenges of operating in the African market and how are you looking to tackle those challenges?

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Chris Wood, CEO, WIOCC

As Africa’s carriers’ carrier, WIOCC now transports almost half of all the traffic on the EASSy submarine cable and is the leading supplier of wholesale bandwidth for Africa. We see our main challenge as keeping ahead of the demand. Our market is evolving considerably in terms of what carriers and ISPs want: from pure point-to-point bandwidth in the early days; to point-to-point bandwidth with partial redundancy; and now they are increasingly looking for seamless protection and support for the more complex network solutions they are delivering for their customers into multiple countries in the region.

We have to stay relevant to our customers by providing the advanced connectivity solutions that this dynamic market demands. To do this WIOCC continues to invest in building its highly scalable and cost-effective core infrastructure, technology and human capital, as well as enhancing and extending its network and service capabilities.

What have been the highlights and key developments for your company in the region in the past year?
WIOCC continues to develop its seamless, end-to-end managed services capabilities to meet the evolving demands of Africa’s wholesale markets. The main highlight this year has been the creation of Africa’s largest metropolitan area network (MAN) in Johannesburg, S. Africa, which comprises three core PoPs and over 39 aggregation and customer-provided PoPs. Additional infrastructure investments that will further extend WIOCC’s national coverage are in the pipeline. The Johannesburg MAN offers carriers the opportunity to connect directly to hundreds of customer locations across the business districts of Johannesburg and Pretoria over WIOCC’s network and is expected to go live by the end of October.

Earlier in the year, WIOCC gave its customers enhanced access to the global internet, while also enhancing WIOCC’s network connectivity redundancy, by establishing new remote peering internet exchange points in Virginia, New York, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

What are your strategic priorities as well as expansion plans for the region in 2017?
WIOCC’s mission is to make an enduring contribution to communications in Africa. Our focus moving forward is very much on continuing to invest in growing and extending our network and capabilities to help customers overcome complex connectivity challenges in Africa via seamless, end-to-end, managed connectivity solutions into, within and out of the continent.

What major trends do you see occurring in the African market this year and how do you plan to capitalise on those?
In the wholesale market, WIOCC expects to see continued demand for seamless connectivity to the internet in Europe (much of it protected via delivery on multiple cable systems), as well as growth in the provision of high-quality local IP Transit services.

In specific markets, the ability to cost-effectively terminate traffic directly to customer premises will become increasingly significant as a differentiator, as will the ability to meet customers’ demands for increasingly tailored, complex solutions. These are both areas in which WIOCC is continuing to invest.

What does your organisation hope to achieve by attending Capacity Africa 2016?
Capacity Africa is without doubt the leading event for the African wholesale telecoms industry, attracting very strong attendance from African and international carriers. We see Capacity Africa as a great environment for doing business, showcasing our capabilities and networking with existing and potential partners

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WIOCC Awarded Best East African Wholesale Carrier

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On 27th September, 2016 Africa’s carriers’ carrier, WIOCC, was named Best East African Wholesale Carrier at the inaugural Africa Carrier Awards at Capacity Africa in Kampala, Uganda.

capacity-awardThe award was accepted by Mike Last – VP, International Business Development at this week’s Capacity Africa

Mike Last commented, “WIOCC will continue to demonstrate its capability in the wholesale market, with it’s growing African and international client base a testament to the company’s ability to meet the evolving needs of the market”.

This award recognises WIOCC’s ability to deliver end-to-end connectivity solutions that are making, and will continue to make, an enduring contribution to Africa’s communication.

WIOCC shortlisted for multiple awards

awards-logoWIOCC has been shortlisted in the Best East African Wholesale Carrier, Best West African Wholesale Carrier and Best Southern African Wholesale Carrier categories at the upcoming Capacity Africa Awards, which will be announced at Capacity Africa 2016 in Kampala on 27th September.Capacity Africa will be celebrating excellence and innovation in African wholesale telecoms across the continent for the first time ever – Africa Carrier Awards.

Elsewhere, the  Global Carrier Awards judges have shortlisted WIOCC’s entry, Best African Wholesale Carrier in this year’s Global Carrier Awards, which will be presented on 8th November at Capacity Europe in Paris, France.

 

 

Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier at Capacity Africa 2016

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WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier will be present at Capacity Africa 2016 being held in Speke Resort & Conference Centre Kampala, Uganda on Tuesday 27th – Wednesday 28th September 2016. The event brings together 500+ senior-level professionals from 180+ organisations representing the entire African wholesale industry, delivering the ultimate platform to network with existing partners and establish new lucrative business partnerships within the continent.

WIOCC team will be led by WIOCC’s CEO, Chris Wood and joined by other executive team members and directors including; Ryan Sher – COO, James Wekesa – CCO, Mike Last – VP, International Business Development, Hitesh Desai – Director, Sales Southern Africa, Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development, Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales and Nikki Popoola – Director, Sales.

martin-imageMartin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales will be an expert panelist in a discussion session on “The evolution of the African wholesale market – How to keep fit for survival” on the first day (27th September 2016) at 11.40 am. Lately, there has been a paradigm shift with enterprises becoming more active in the purchase of large volumes of data. WIOCC has proven over the years that they have managed to be purely on the wholesale market business and with the new Johannesburg metro coming up which will not target the enterprise space.

The discussion is expected to focus on:

  • How much longer can traditional wholesale survive in Africa?
  • Is it already approaching the end or is the panic much ado about nothing?
  • Is entering the enterprise sector the way forward, or is it in only going to spoil prices in another area?
  • Can wholesale learn anything from retail? Which strategies could be adopted?
  • Are terminations and managed services the future? Which promise success and how should carriers approach them?
  • How can local carriers compete with the big international wholesale players?
  • Does development need to happen on a technical level?

The WIOCC event team is lining up a full set of meetings with existing and prospective customers to discuss how WIOCC can support them in Africa. To arrange a meeting with WIOCC please contact winnie.karisa@wiocc.net or marketing@wiocc.net.