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.


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 – – 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

WIOCC CMO, Mike Last to join Africa panel session at Subsea Connect 2017

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




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

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

Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier at Capacity Africa 2016

WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier will be present at Capacity Africa 2016 being held in Speke Resort & Conference Centre Kampala, Uganda on Tuesday 27th – Wednesday 28th September 2016. The event brings together 500+ senior-level professionals from 180+ organisations representing the entire African wholesale industry, delivering the ultimate platform to network with existing partners and establish new lucrative business partnerships within the continent.

WIOCC team will be led by WIOCC’s CEO, Chris Wood and joined by other executive team members and directors including; Ryan Sher – COO, James Wekesa – CCO, Mike Last – VP, International Business Development, Hitesh Desai – Director, Sales Southern Africa, Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development, Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales and Nikki Popoola – Director, Sales.

martin-imageMartin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales will be an expert panelist in a discussion session on “The evolution of the African wholesale market – How to keep fit for survival” on the first day (27th September 2016) at 11.40 am. Lately, there has been a paradigm shift with enterprises becoming more active in the purchase of large volumes of data. WIOCC has proven over the years that they have managed to be purely on the wholesale market business and with the new Johannesburg metro coming up which will not target the enterprise space.

The discussion is expected to focus on:

  • How much longer can traditional wholesale survive in Africa?
  • Is it already approaching the end or is the panic much ado about nothing?
  • Is entering the enterprise sector the way forward, or is it in only going to spoil prices in another area?
  • Can wholesale learn anything from retail? Which strategies could be adopted?
  • Are terminations and managed services the future? Which promise success and how should carriers approach them?
  • How can local carriers compete with the big international wholesale players?
  • Does development need to happen on a technical level?

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 or

WIOCC Establishes Peering Internet Exchange Services

Mauritius, 22nd February, 2016 – Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC  has established remote peering internet exchange points (IXPs) in Virginia (Equinix Ashburn), New York (NYIIX), Amsterdam (AMS-IX) and Frankfurt (DE-CIX ), giving its customers enhanced access to the global internet while also enhancing WIOCC’s network connectivity redundancy.


WIOCC IP SDH & Ethernet Network FEB 2016

“WIOCC is a truly customer-focussed organisation, committed to providing enhanced products and services to meet our customers’ evolving needs. By establishing these IXPs, we have made it even easier for our customers to do business around the world”, explained WIOCC COO Ryan Sher.

WIOCC now has direct connection to over 1,100 more networks through Equinix’s Ashburn Virginia Internet Exchange, an additional 700 networks on AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange), over 650 on DE-CIX (Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange in Frankfurt) and more than 160 on NYIIX (New York International Internet eXchange).

“These IXPs make even more bandwidth available to WIOCC’s international carrier and ISP customers, who can also now access a wider pool of content providers and services that rely on high-speed, low-cost connectivity”, concluded WIOCC’s Ryan Sher.

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