Complex challenges: solutions made simple

Sub Tel Forum – January 2018: Thought-leadership article by WIOCC CEO Chris Wood, about how OTT players and Content Providers are shaping Africa’s evolving connectivity landscape.

To read the article please click here.

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

For the seventh consecutive year, Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has been named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

Inspirational leadership

Named within the Subsea & Data Centres section of this year’s GTB Power 100, Chris was acclaimed for his inspirational leadership, for his commitment to making an enduring contribution to African communications, and for being central to the transformation of Africa’s connectivity landscape – helping drive demand for network/service improvement initiatives that are bringing the benefits of the internet to an ever-greater number of people in ever-more countries.

Chris has led WIOCC since its formation in 2008, swiftly building it into the leading supplier of seamless, end-to-end managed service solutions into, out of and within Africa. He continues to invest in enhancing the reach, quality and diversity of WIOCC’s unique network, which currently offers customers seamless direct connectivity to over 550 locations across 30 African countries, and many more countries globally, through 55,000km of terrestrial fibre and more than 60,000km of submarine cable.

Chris also co-Chairs the EASSy Management Committee and is a leader in the submarine cable system’s deployment, extension and incremental capacity upgrades.

The 2017 GTB Power 100 – https://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/article/b14xj0qzzyc34x/gtb-announces-power100-for-2017 – 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.

 

Meet WIOCC at Capacity Africa, 2017

WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier is today present at Capacity Africa taking place at Kampala Serena Hotel, Kampala, Uganda. Make your way to Africa’s largest carrier event on the continent. With over 450+ senior-level executives representing Africa’s entire carrier community, Capacity Africa 2017 will deliver the ultimate platform to network with existing partners and establish new lucrative business partnerships. The WIOCC team is ready to tackle any complex challenge and deliver simple solutions.

Come and visit the WIOCC team at stand 10 and engage with Mike Last – VP, International Business Development, Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development, Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales. Natasha Mzungu – Regional Sales Manager – Southern Africa and Edilson Sixpene – Country Sales Manager, Mozambique.

To arrange a meeting for the two-day event with WIOCC please contact marketing@wiocc.net.

Martin Mutiiria speaks at Zimbabwe’s Broadband Economy Forum 2017

Today, 20th July 2017, Martin Mutiiria – WIOCC’s Director, Sales – Africa will represent WIOCC at Zimbabwe’s 4th edition of Broadband Economy Forum being held in Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Martin will share his expertise during his speaking slot titled ‘What A Broadband Driven Economy in Today’s Africa Looks Like’ between 09.00am and 09.30am. Thereafter, Mr. Mutiiria will be joined by  Joseph Machiva – Divisional Director of Retail, TelOne, Clever Isaya – COO, NetOne,  Fayaz King – COO, Econet Wireless, Wellington Makamure – CEO, Liquid Telecom, Winfred Musengeya – Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Telecel Zimbabwe and Nhena Nyagura – CEO, Dandemutande to discuss questions that businesses have particularly regarding collaboration with the telecoms sector.

The Broadband Economy Conference places top business leaders from the full diversity of industries in one room to discuss one thing: how to utilise technology right now to grow their businesses. It will be a day of presentation, discussion and networking with local and regional decision makers in the broadband industry.

To reach Martin at the Broadband Economy Forum, please email him at martin.mutiiria@wiocc.net

Connect with Africa’s carriers’ carrier at ITW

Come along and interact with WIOCC, Africa’s carriers’ carrier at the ITW (International Telecoms Week) conference.  The event is the largest meeting point for the global wholesale telecoms community, running from May 14th – 17th 2017 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 comprises: Sam Ndungu -CFO; James Wekesa – CCO; Ryan Sher – COO; Mike Last – CMO & VP, Marketing & International Business Development; Hitesh Desai – Director, Southern Africa Sales; Rob Irvin – Director, Bid Management & Product; Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development; Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales; Nikki Popoola – Director West Africa; Tony Razzell – Director of Business Intelligence and Winnie Karisa – Marketing Assistant.

During the conference, Chris Wood will share his expertise at a panel discussion on Tuesday 16th May, 2017 from 08.30 – 11.30 on ‘’Achieving A Connected Continent: Leading The Data Explosion Across Africa’’ at Swiss Tower, Gold Level, Alpine.

Meetings are being scheduled with existing and prospective customers. To arrange a meeting with the team, please contact marketing@wiocc.net.

Find us at Columbus EF, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency.

WIOCC’s double success at AfricaCom awards

  • 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”.