WIOCC Appoints APTelecom as Channel Partner for commercialisation of Africa connectivity with a focus on clients in Asia and USA

Global Telecommunications Consulting and Service Company selected to support the continued commercialisation of WIOCC’s network in Asia and the United States

 Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, recently announced that it has engaged APTelecom, a facilities-based telecom consulting and service company specialising in emerging markets, as its International Sales partner for new client markets in Asia and the United States.


“We are excited to be a part of such an important initiative in one of the world’s fastest-growing telecom markets, working within the WIOCC team to help extend their reach,” said Eric Handa, CEO of APTelecom.  “The demand for data continues to grow and this is especially true of Africa. Many of the world’s leading operators, OTTs and CDN players are seeking better ways to serve African markets and WIOCC is the logical choice as an African partner.”



WIOCC has a unique network which interconnects over 500 locations across more than 30 African countries by seamlessly linking a 55,000km pan-African terrestrial fiber-optic network with more than 40,000km of submarine cable assets, including EASSy, EIG and WACS.

Chris Wood, CEO, WIOCC

“APTelecom’s reach and expertise spans a wide range of emerging and established global markets and we are pleased to engage their services as an International Sales Partner,” commented Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC.

“Africa is in the spotlight in the context of global growth as a key region of opportunity for the telecoms industry. APTelecom will assist us in promoting our capabilities in the key markets of Asia and the United States.”

WIOCC and APTelecom will be announcing updates in the coming weeks and months as their program gets underway.



Operating exclusively as a wholesaler, WIOCC is revolutionising the delivery of high-capacity connectivity between Africa and the rest of the world. It is widely recognised as Africa’s carriers’ carrier, offering one-stop-shop, end-to-end service between more than 30 African countries and the world’s key global financial and commercial centres. WIOCC recognises that organisations’ needs differ and tailors its solutions to suit the specific requirements of each customer. Its unique, flexible, bandwidth packages are designed to enable carriers, mobile operators, internet service providers (ISPs), OTTs and Content Providers to take full advantage of Africa’s rapidly developing markets for fixed and mobile broadband, international corporate networking and access to compelling content and applications.

WIOCCs Extensive Network


About APTelecom

APTelecom is a leading telecom and fiber consulting company specializing in emerging markets. APTelecom combines superior customer service, cost-competitive telecom products, and deep experience across the submarine cable and fiber industry to help clients achieve intelligent, sustainable growth. Among the company’s core offerings are submarine cable pre-sales, established system sales, due diligence telecom consulting, cloud-based solutions and security, and strategic fiber consulting services.

Based in the United States, APTelecom’s reach and expertise spans a wide range of emerging global markets, including Angola, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Indonesia, as well as in several other countries across Asia and Africa. The company has been sought after for commentary on emerging market trends and been featured by dozens of media outlets, including Wired MagazineTechTalkWall Street JournalFox Business NetworkReutersYahoo NewsFierce TelecomSubTel Forum, and Commsday International, among others. APTelecom differentiates itself through quality, integrity, and innovation across their entire suite of products and services.



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Ryan Sher, joins roundtable at TMT Finance Africa

Ryan Sher, COO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, will be part of a roundtable discussing ‘Regulation, Spectrum and Broadband Strategies’ at  TMT Finance Africa which takes place today, Thursday 15th March 2018 at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

The roundtable is scheduled for 14.00 – 14.50 pm and will be chaired by Tracy Cohen – Director, CDH Legal. Other speakers include Prof H Sama Nwana – Managing Partner, Cenerva, Thomas Hintze – CEO, Wananchi Group, Dr Adedoyin Adeola – Telecommunication Executive Consultant and Brian Jakins – Regional Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Intelsat.

Key stakeholders, telecom executives, regulators and investors discuss the latest strategies around spectrum sharing and rolling out new broadband networks in Africa – and how regulators are impacting investment decisions. Areas to be covered during the session include:

  • Spectrum sharing – which strategies are proving most successful? Which trends will follow?
  • How is the regulatory environment impacting investment in South Africa and other key markets?
  • 4G, 5G and Fibre Rollout – What does the investment roadmap look like and where is investment having the most impact?
  • Financing Models – Including Public Private Partnerships

To reach Ryan at TMT Finance Africa, please email him at ryan.sher@wiocc.net

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WIOCC CEO, Chris Wood invited to join panel session

WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier is present at Submarine Networks Europe being held in Hilton Tower Bridge, London today Tuesday 20th  and tomorrow Wednesday 21st  February 2018.

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO takes out his crystal ball and shares his vision on what the next 5 years will bring for the subsea communications for the industry at Submarine Networks Europe, alongside four other industry leaders  including Elaine Stafford – Managing Partner, DRG Undersea Consulting being the Moderator, Andrew Edilson – VP Wholesale, Colt Technology Services,  Alasdair Wilkie – CTO, Deep Blue Cable and Byron Clatterbuck – CEO, SEACOM Ltd.

The panel is scheduled for Wednesday 21st (Day 2) at 09.10 (GMT) and is expected to focus on:

  • Emerging markets: opportunities and challenges
  • Who will be the next big players?
  • The technologies changing the future of subsea networks
  • Will it be more of the same in the next 5 years?

Chris Wood will be in the company of Mike Last, CMO & VP International Business Development and Rob Irvin, Director, Bid Management and Products. If you would like to get more insight on WIOCC offerings to the industry kindly contact marketing@wiocc.net.

WIOCC shortlisted at Global Carrier Awards 2017

Capacity wholesaler WIOCC, the leading supplier of international bandwidth for Africa, has been shortlisted for the Best African Wholesale Carrier award at this year’s Global Carrier Awards, which will be presented on Wednesday 25 October at the Intercontinental Hotel, London – O2, alongside Capacity Europe.

Mike Last, WIOCC CMO and VP, International Business Development, remarked: “This is the fourth consecutive year WIOCC has been shortlisted for this award, which demonstrates the continued high quality of seamless, end-to-end managed connectivity solutions that we provide into, out of and within Africa”.

More details about the awards, read here.


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.