WIOCC wins Best Pan-African Initiative Award at Africa Com 2012

“The winner of the Best Pan-African category is charging ahead with the task of fusing African communication channels, and it could be giving a glimpse of the connected African map in 10 years’ time… The winner is WIOCC.”

Chris Wood receiving the award on behalf of WIOCC

WIOCC won the Best Pan-African Initiative Award at Africa Com 2012, for building an unrivalled, high-capacity network that seamlessly integrates more than 50,000km of African terrestrial fibre with 40,000km of international submarine cable – giving carriers diversity-rich, high-speed international connectivity to and from over 400 locations in 30 African countries.

The Best Pan-African Initiative Award recognises an initiative taken to improve telecommunications services at a regional or continental level across Africa, and was presented to WIOCC CEO Chris Wood at the Africa Com 2012 awards dinner – which took place in Cape Town, South Africa on 14th November.

After receiving the award, WIOCC CEO Chris Wood commented, “This award recognises WIOCC’s unique achievement in bringing together the networks of our 14 African telco shareholders and selected partners, together with strategic investments in submarine cables including EIG, WACS and EASSy, to create an unparalleled African network footprint and capability. It clearly demonstrates the power of working together in pursuit of a common goal, resulting in something far greater than the sum of its parts.

As well as serving Africa’s coastal regions, WIOCC’s network is increasingly enabling businesses and individuals in landlocked countries – such as Botswana, Burundi, Lesotho, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe – to benefit from reliable and affordable international connectivity.

A high-resolution version of the photograph is available on request from info@wiocc.net


WIOCC events schedule 2012

WIOCC will be attending the following events in 2012:

To set up a meeting, please contact us at info@wiocc.net.

Meet WIOCC & Telkom Kenya Orange at East Africa Com ’11

The 7th annual East Africa Com returns to Nairobi on April 5th & 6th. The conference will take place at the Kenyatta Convention Centre, and is designed to deliver  market insight, practical solutions and best-practice benchmarks. 

The core of the event for WIOCC/Telkom Kenya Orange is networking, so we are preparing speed networking sessions for visitors to our exhibition stand, to ensure you are able to meet key people from both two companies. WIOCC’s team will be led by Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO, and will include James Wekesa (CCO), Winnie Karisa (PA to CEO & Marketing) and Gillian Koech (Marketing).

From Telkom Kenya Orange, Nemaisa Kiereini (Products & Marketing) and Robert Mutai will be ready to answer all your questions about Telkom Kenya Orange’s portfolio and the relationship between our two companies.

Visit the WIOCC/Telkom Kenya Orange exhibition stand to find out more about our network, our service offerings and what we can do for your business.  This is a great place for you to exchange ideas and to get your questions answered face-to-face.

For more information or to arrange a meeting/speed networking session, please email us at: info@wiocc.net

WIOCC Event Schedule for 2010

WIOCC will be participating in a number of events over the coming months, both in Africa and around the globe. Please contact us at info@wiocc.net if you’d like to arrange a meeting, or look out for the WIOCC stand if you are attending one of these events.

James Wekesa

7-8: AITEC Kenya ICT Congress, Nairobi, Kenya

James Wekesa, WIOCC CCO,  will be speaking on:“WIOCC-EASSy: The Opportunity for East African ISPs and Carriers.”

13-16: Telecoms World Africa, Cape Town, S. Africa

James Wekesa will be participating in a Panel session on: “Infrastructure Deployment and Utilising Cost-effective Broadband Strategies.”

21-22: Capacity Africa, Nairobi, Kenya – Gold Sponsor

Chris Wood

John Sihra, WIOCC Chainrman,  be participating in a Keynote Panel session on: “Bridging The Fibre Gap: Transforming Africa’s Infrastructure & Promoting Market Innovation.”

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO, will be participating in a Keynote Panel session on: Subsea Perspective: Connecting  Africa to the International Backbone.


4-7: Telecoms World Middle East (and Carriers World), Dubai, UAE – Silver Sponsor

Mike Last, Director of Business Development & International Marketing will be participating in the Subsea Panel session.

12-14: Submarine Networks World, Singapore

Chris Wood will be moderating the ”Middle East and Africa” Keynote Panel session, and participating in the Panel session on Piracy.

13-14: AITEC Mozambique, Maputo, Mozambique

James Wekesa will be speaking on: “WIOCC-EASSy: The Opportunity for  ISPs and Carriers.”


10-11: Africa Com, Cape Town, S. Africa

Chris Wood will be speaking on: “Submarine Cable Developments: Update on How New Cables are Linking Africa to Broadband.”

15-17: Capacity Europe, Amsterdam, NL

Mike Last

Mike Last will be participating in a Panel session on: “Connecting to Africa: a Growing Opportunity for European Carriers?”

28-1 DECEMBER: NEPAD ICT Africa Summit, Cape Town, S. Africa

James Wekesa will be speaking on: “Case study: Connecting Africa to the Rest of the World with the EASSy Submarine Cable System.”

Please contact us at info@wiocc.net if you’d like to arrange a meeting.