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WIOCC has appointed Ryan Sher as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Formerly Chief Technical Officer at WIOCC, Ryan’s expanded role reflects the success the organisation has enjoyed since July 2010 – when the 4.72Tbps, 10,000km, EASSy submarine fibre-optic cable went live. Capacity sales on EASSy have outstripped initial forecasts and Ryan will oversee the 2011 system upgrade, which will utilise the latest 40Gbps wavelength technology.

Ryan reports to WIOCC CEO Chris Wood, who commented: “Ryan’s industry knowledge, technical expertise and business acumen make him the ideal person to direct the operations of WIOCC in the exciting times that lie ahead. He will play a key role in the development and delivery of WIOCC’s reliable, high-speed, high-capacity connectivity solutions for WIOCC’s customers – both internationally and within Africa.”

As COO, Ryan is responsible for developing and managing all WIOCC product offerings, as well as pre-sales support & bid management, strategic deals, operations, provisioning, OSS/BSS, IT, procurement and supplier management. He also manages all technical aspects of WIOCC’s relationship with the EASSy consortium and is Chairman of the EASSy Technical Working Group, and Co-Chairman of the Procurement Group and the Operations & Maintenance Sub-Committee.

Prior to joining WIOCC in 2009, Ryan held senior roles with Reliance Globalcom (previously FLAG Telecom). He holds an MBA from the London Business Schooland a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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