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WIOCC CEO, Chris Wood, will be participating in an executive roundtable on Tuesday 15th May at the International Telecoms Week in Chicago.

Mr Wood will provide expert insight and comment within the Spotlight on Africa panel session entitled ‘Connectivity and opportunity’.

As capacity becomes more readily available into, within and out of African markets, the panel of industry experts at this roundtable will discuss a range of important topics including:

1.  The impact on regional development
• enterprise growth – accessing new verticals; impact on broadband
• building backhaul to support last mile delivery
• improving carrier-grade transport

2. The opportunity in-region connectivity to landlocked countries presents for carriers
• expected ROIs and challenges – security issues for personnel and cables
• route diversity – role of radio technology vs. fixed line, regional loops

3. International connectivity – evaluating transport trends and problems
• examine patterns and reasons for traffic going east and west from Africa
• impact and drivers for new subsea cables on route diversity and existing cable capacity expansion
• business case for building to South America

4. Evaluating price compression in the voice and data markets
• oversupply of capacity; monopolistic subsea cables

5. New market opportunities and competition
• track the status of newly de-regulated countries
• a look at which countries are liable to open up in the short and medium term
• impact of increased competition on the wholesale environment

“The importance of international connectivity for Africa cannot be overestimated,” said WIOCC CEO Chris Wood. “Understanding both the opportunities and the challenges presented by African markets is crucial for successful decision-making.”

“I am looking forward to a lively discussion with my fellow panel members, and hope that this will help those in the audience who are developing and refining their strategies for the continent.”

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