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WIOCC at Capacity Africa in Dar es Salaam

August 26, 2015

WIOCC, Africa’s Carrier’s Carrier will be attending and participating at Capacity Africa 2015 taking place in Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Tuesday 8th – Wednesday 9th September, 2015.  Delegates attending this year’s conference will meet with over 400+ senior executives from 130+ major players and regional start-ups from 65+ countries representing the entire African wholesale industry from across the continent and beyond.

WIOCC will be represented at the event by Ryan Sher – Chief Operations Officer, James Wekesa – Chief Commercial Officer, Hitesh Desai – Director, Sales Southern Africa, Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development and Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales.

Ryan Sher will also be an expert panelist in a discussion session about “A Pan-African, inclusive vision for enabling connectivity throughout the continent” on the first day (8th September, 2015) at 10.10 am.

Ryan Sher, WIOCC COO

Ryan Sher, WIOCC COO

The discussion is expected to focus on:

  • The economics of expanding networks into rural and landlocked Africa
  • Current network developments (4G-LTE) and trends in consumer uptake
  • Examples of successful case studies of connectivity at affordable prices vs. where improvements are most needed
  • Is Africa on the brink of a fibre revolution? Spotlight on terrestrial fibre network roll outs and FTTH
  • Analysis of alternative forms of connectivity and multi-layered approaches
  • Which government and non-government initiatives (NGOs and USFs) are helping to resolve connectivity deprivation?

The WIOCC event team is lining up a full set of meetings with existing and prospective customers to discuss how WIOCC can support them in Africa.

To arrange a meeting with WIOCC please contact winnie.karisa@wiocc.net.

WIOCC’s Business Update: H1 2015

July 2, 2015

Bunsiess Update iconWIOCC publishes a business update capturing progress made in the company for its customers. This issue of the business update is on topical news relating to WIOCC’s international and Africa connectivity. Some of the updates covered in this issue are:

Bringing high-speed, international connectivity to Somalia

Individuals and businesses in Somalia, and international organisations wanting to do business with or in the country, can now benefit from reliable, direct, high-capacity fibre-optic connectivity to the global internet. This became possible when WIOCC, working in partnership with local operator Dalkom Somalia, fundamentally changed the international connectivity landscape of one of the last ‘corners’ of Africa previously without direct fibre-optic connectivity and helped create a vital platform for sustainable economic growth…….

WIOCC grows its African network

Delivering uncompromisingly high levels of customer service and satisfaction to its expanding customer base of national and international carriers and ISPs, is a cornerstone of WIOCC’s offering. By building more PoPs (Points of Presence) at key customer-driven locations within Africa, WIOCC is able to provide additional, highly cost-effective protection to customers against service interruptions along its traffic routes. Across the continent, including new locations such as Maseru in Lesotho, WIOCC now operates 23 PoPs – either solely or in partnership with its shareholders…..

Customer-led IP transit services

WIOCC has developed its IP Transit service especially for ISPs, Content Providers and other service operators who need dedicated access to the internet (IPv4 & IPv6), providing a high-quality and efficient way of achieving congestion-free internet connectivity.

It offers connectivity to the entire global internet content through access to WIOCC’s BGP routing table, including partnerships with Tier-1 operators, as well as private and public transit-free peering agreements with major global IP networks – both on a national and international level……..

You can read the full publication on Business Update May 2015

WIOCC & Dalkom Somalia win at GTB Innovation Awards 2015

May 16, 2015

GTB awardWIOCC & Dalkom Somalia win an award 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

WIOCC & Dalkom Somalia (WIOCC’s shareholder) have won the Wholesale Service Innovation Award at Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation Awards Summit 2015 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.

This GTB Innovation Award recognises an initiative taken to improve telecommunications services at a regional or continental level across Africa. The award was presented to Dalkom Somalia CEO Mohamed Ahmed Jama at the GTB Innovation Summit awards dinner in Piccadilly, London on 13th May 2015.

Services into Somalia were launched in February 2014. After six years’ of hard work in the face of extreme adversity (including piracy, shore-based unrest, etc.), WIOCC successfully landed the >10Tbps capacity EASSy submarine cable at Mogadishu. Already the impact on the country has been vast, and Somalia is looking forward to continuing development in the coming years.

WIOCC CEO Chris Wood commented, “working in partnership with our shareholder, Dalkom Somalia, we have fundamentally changed Somalia’s international connectivity landscape, bringing great benefit to one of the last ‘corners’ of Africa previously without direct fibre-optic connectivity.”

Other important areas of improvement include education, where classrooms are being supplemented by online libraries and digital classrooms, and public access to Government services – such as E-passports, E-National IDs and E-birth and death registrations.

The resulting new job creation is providing a very welcome boost to individuals and the Somalia economy.

Award Winners at International Telecoms Week (ITW ’15)

May 5, 2015

WIOCC, Africa carriers’ carrier, will be attending the International Telecoms Week in Chicago. ITW will take place from Sunday 10th May – 13th May, 2015 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 will comprise Sam Ndungu -CFO; James Wekesa – CCO; Ryan Sher – COO; Mike Last – Director, Marketing & International Business Development; Hitesh Desai – Director, Southern Africa Sales; Rob Irvin – Director, Products; Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development; Jason Tutty – Director, Operations; Rebecca Kariuki – Pricing Manager; Hillary Tarus – Service Delivery Manager and Winnie Karisa – PA to CEO.

Meetings are being scheduled with existing and prospective customers to discuss WIOCC as the partner in Africa for:

  • affordable, reliable, high-speed capacity into, within and out of Africa
  • onward connectivity to Europe and the rest of the world
  • SDH/Ethernet bandwidth and interface options
  • network diversity – both terrestrial and sub-sea

To arrange a meeting with the team, please contact Winnie.karisa@wiocc.net

WIOCC at Capacity Middle East 2015

March 6, 2015
Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Capacity Middle East 2015 has firmly established itself as the ultimate meeting point for all operators and service providers’ active in the Middle Eastern telecoms market and seeking global connectivity. The event is expected to attract 1200+ senior executive delegates from Africa, Asia, Middle Eastern, Europe and North America at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai on 10th – 12th March.

WIOCC will be represented at the event by Chris Wood, CEO, and Mike Last, Director, Marketing & International Business Development. They have a full set of meetings scheduled with customers to discuss WIOCC as their partner in Africa for:

  • affordable, reliable, high-speed capacity into, within and out of Africa
  • onward connectivity to Europe and the rest of the world
  • SDH or Ethernet bandwidth and interface options
  • network diversity – both terrestrial and sub-sea

WIOCC’s Mike Last interviewed on Capacity TV

February 20, 2015

The increasing demand for diverse international connectivity and WIOCC’s collaboration in Europe with Viatel are the topics of a Capacity TV interview between Mike Last, Marketing and International Business Development Director for WIOCC, and Capacity magazine Editor Alex Hawkes.

Viatel interview 2

The interview can be viewed using the link above and can currently be accessed from the Capacity magazine Home Page – http://www.capacitymagazine.com/.

WIOCC shortlisted for Best African Wholesale Carrier award

September 10, 2014

globalcarrierawards logoWIOCC has for the second consecutive year been shortlisted for Capacity magazine’s Global Carrier Awards in the Best African wholesale carrier category.  The winner of the award – designed to recognise innovation, vision and excellence across the wholesale industry in Africa – will be announced at the Global Carrier Awards dinner on November 4th in Amsterdam, during Capacity Europe.

Inclusion in this shortlist is another major achievement for WIOCC, demonstrating the industry’s recognition of WIOCC as a major force in African telecoms, and is a strong endorsement of the company’s strategy of providing end-to-end services over a carrier-scale network to the telco and ISP community.

NB. There is still time for vote for WIOCC’s CEO Chris Wood in the World Communications Award 2014 CEO of the Year. You just need to visit the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q7FVJ56. To be eligible, your vote must be cast by Friday 19th September 2014.

We are also continuing to await news on whether Chris has been shortlisted for the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label. The finalists for this award will be announced shortly.

Support African telecoms by registering your vote!

August 13, 2014

Chris Wood, WIOCC’s CEO, is one of only two executives in Africa (the other is Paul Taylor of Botswana Telecommunications Corp. – BTC) nominated for the World Communications Award 2014 CEO of the Year, with the winner to be decided by public vote.

SONY DSCSince joining WIOCC as CEO in 2008, Chris has grown it into the leading supplier of international bandwidth for Africa, masterminding impressive year-on-year growth. He has been a key influencer in the successful implementation and recent extension of the EASSy cable and has driven the integration and ongoing development of WIOCC’s unique, pan-African network. Chris continues to grow WIOCC to support its expanding customer base. The realisation of Chris’ vision of making an enduring contribution to Africa’s communications is helping transform how individuals go about their daily lives and revolutionising how local businesses operate in many countries across Africa.

If you would like to help raise the profile of African telecommunications by voting for Chris and/or Paul, please go to the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q7FVJ56.

Note that your vote must be cast by Friday 19th September 2014.

Chris has also been nominated for the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label. The finalists for this award will be announced shortly.

Customising customers’ needs

June 30, 2014

“Elevating Africa to New Heights” was one of the key topics in the June 2014 edition of leading industry magazine, Global Telecoms Business. Chris Wood, WIOCC’s CEO, was interviewed for this issue, expounding upon how WIOCC is playing a unique role in increasing and improving connectivity to the African continent.

In the interview, Chris outlined how WIOCC is able to meets carriers’ demands for additional capacity and diversity through significant investments in expanding and enhancing its submarine and terrestrial fibre network capacity.

To find out more on how WIOCC works with its customers to meet their needs, read the full article titled “Increased connectivity and rapid growth in demand elevate Africa to new heights”.

Connecting the Unconnected

June 19, 2014

WIOCC offers a unique, diversity-rich Pan-African network which provides direct international connectivity to more than 500 locations in 30 African countries.

Seamlessly linking in excess of 40,000km of submarine cable and more than 55,000km of terrestrial fibre, WIOCC’s network is helping to bring affordable, high-capacity international connectivity to landlocked countries such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and Lesotho. Bandwidth prices in Lesotho fell by 67% when WIOCC used its unique terrestrial network to connect the Kingdom.

Submarine Telecoms Forum magazine recently found out more about the major role WIOCC is playing in supporting economic growth in Africa in their May–June Issue, described in an article entitled ‘Africa Elevated to New Heights’.

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