Internet developments in Rwanda

Rwanda is just one of the countries served by WIOCC. This 5-minute video features some of the fascinating initiatives and developments taking place there:

Courtesy of Voice of America


Quotes about Internet in Africa

I personally found these quotes and statements interesting – so I’m sharing them with you…

The top internet sites in Kenya are Yahoo, Google and Facebook in that order. In fact, no local content makes the list until #14 and #15, where the news outlets The Nation and The East African Standard come in. Lifestyle blog and online magazine Haiya comes in at #19. The African mobile social network Mig33 is down at #79 but that number probablly doesn’t include all the internal use and sms traffic it gets.” Jonathan Gosier, Analyzing Africa’s Internet Traffic, Nov 2008,

Ryan Sher, WIOCC CTO
“About 75% of African Internet traffic is routed through Britain or the United States”, Ahmed M Kamara, Newstime Africa, 2009,

“EASSy will be the first east coast system to connect on a direct route to Europe, making it the lowest latency system for traffic to key internet peering points in Europe and North America. Ryan Sher, WIOCC CTO, Dec 2009,

“Africa’s undersea cables, including the Teams cable, first carry traffic from the region to India or the United Arab Emirates before switching it on to other cables for onward connectivity to Europe. The routing causes Internet traffic delays and poor voice quality.” Michael Malakata, Infoworld -Africa grapples with Internet connectivity to Europe, Nov. 2009,

“The amount of Internet traffic in Cape Town has grown exponentially over the past few years, as online media, call centers and other heavy Internet business users have flourished,” Rob Hunter, Infoworld – Africa providers finding ways to make data cheaper, Oct. 2009,

“50% of Kenyan web sites are hosted overseas”, Lynne Butler, AfrISPA, 2009,

“In Internet exchange points (IxP) measurements Africa ranges from 450 megabits per second (Mps) in Johannesburg (South Africa), 14 Mps in Nairobi (Kenya) and 12Mps in Cairo (Egypt), to 400 kilobits per second (Kbps) in Kigali (Rwanda) and 128 Kbps in Mbabane (Swaziland). Busy IxPs in the Western world, in contrast, may handle 413 gigabits per second (such as in Amsterdam. This is almost 1,000 times as much Internet traffic as Johannesburg, and 3.2 million times as much traffic as Swaziland – a staggering disparity!” Ian Henderson, The Internet & Democracy in Africa, 2009,

EASSy submarine cable nears completion

By the end of today, over 8,800km of the EASSy submarine cable will have been installed in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

Ile de Batz

The Northern Ship – the Ile de Seinlanded in Mombasa, Kenya on 22nd March 2010 . The Southern ship – the Ile de Batz – landed at Moroni, the Comores on 27th March 2010.

The cable will arrive at the Dar es Salaam landing station during the first week of April, with the joining of the two ends of the cable – the final splice – taking place later in the month.

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WIOCC sponsors 5th Broadband Summit, Jo’burg

WIOCC will be sponsoring and attending this week’s 5th Annual Broadband Summit, running from 29th to 31st March at the Hyatt Regency in Johannesburg:

James Wekesa, WIOCC CCO

The WIOCC stand will be manned throughout the event, so come along and introduce yourself to the team – they’ll be interested to find out more about you, and they can give you the latest news on EASSy, WIOCC and anything else that’s going on.

James Wekesa, WIOCC’s Chief Commercial Officer, will also be addressing the conference – at 9am on Wednesday, on the topic of, “The changing face of high-speed international Internet delivery and its impact on carriers and consumers”.

Photos of EASSy’s Mombasa landing…

As promised, some photos of the landing in Mombasa of the EASSy submarine cable: 
Speeches at EASSy's Mombasa landing

1. Speakers at the media briefing: Chris Wood – WIOCC CEO,  Samuel Poghisio – Information & Communication minister, General Hamadoun Toure –  ITU Secretary, and Charles Njoroge – Director General of  the CCK…

EASSy landing at Mombasa

2. The EASSy cable being brought ashore in Mombasa from the Ile de Sein cable laying ship…


Buoy-signing ceremony

3. Information minister Samuel Poghisio signs a buoy, watched closely by WIOCC CEO Chris Wood (right) and CCK Director-General Charles Njoroge (left)…



A recent article about the landing:

EASSy lands at Mombasa, Kenya

Today, the EASSy cable landed in Mombasa, Kenya:

Ile de Sein

Over 8,100km of the EASSy cable has now been laid, with both cable laying vessels right on schedule. The Northern ship – Ile de Sein – is currently laying cable towards the Mombasa Branching Unit, whilst the Southern ship – Ile de Batz  – is expected to arrive in Moroni, the Comores, tomorrow.

The two ends on the cable will be joined next month, when we’ll be able to start end-to-end testing of the system.

More news and pictures to follow