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.
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.
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.
James Wekesa is a deal maker. As the chief commercial officer at Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, Wekesa has an interesting and varied job which includes managing strong, mutually beneficial relationships with WIOCC’s 14 African shareholders.
These shareholders are made up from a mix of incumbent fixed-line operators, mobile challengers, wholesalers and even a regulator, some of which are submarine cable landing station owners, others being landlocked and dependent on cross-border arrangements for access to international connectivity.
These strong relationships are a key element in WIOCC’s ability to provide its own customers with excellent service, enabling it to deliver their traffic seamlessly via a unique 55,000km pan-African terrestrial network. WIOCC’s shareholders are also the company’s key channel to market in their respective domestic markets.
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Article from Capacity Magazine October/November Issue
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Subsea Connect takes place from tomorrow, Tuesday 11th until Wednesday 12th July 2017 in Marseille. Mike Last, CMO & VP, International Business Development of Africa’s carriers’ carrier, WIOCC will be attending and participating in a panel discussion on ‘Africa – looking forward – How is the continent set to ride the waves as it gains increased subsea cable connectivity?’.
The panel is scheduled for Wednesday 12th July (Day 2) at 12:00 -12:50 pm, Q&A format, moderated by Andrew Lipman, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Other panellists include Artur Mendes (Angola Cables), Chris George (Google) and Byron Clatterbuck (Seacom).
Recent subsea cable rollouts increasing connectivity in Africa have been a key stimulator of economic growth on the continent, both for countries domestically and from a global perspective. This session will explore what the pathway looks like to increased reliable connectivity, who’ll be paving the way and what’s next for Africa’s digital future. Be sure not to miss this interactive panel session!
Questions to be covered will include:
- Reflecting on what’s already been accomplished – analysing and exploring the developments made by the EASSy and Main One submarine cable systems
- What does the pathway to increased subsea connectivity look like on the continent? Is it all plain sailing or do rough waters lie ahead?
- Update from Angola Cables on the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) as the first direct Southern Atlantic submarine cable
- What projections can be made as we enter the next era of Africa’s digital future?
To book a meeting with the Mike Last at the event, please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org.