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.

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Eric Handa, CEO, APTELECOM

“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.

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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.

 

About WIOCC

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.

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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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APTELECOM’s LIVE AND PRE-RFS ROUTES

 

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Epsilon and WIOCC Partner to Deliver On-Demand Connectivity from Africa to the Rest of the World

Epsilon, a privately owned global communications service provider, has partnered with Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC to deploy its Infiny by Epsilon on-demand connectivity platform. The partnership provides WIOCC with on-demand connectivity to major global financial and communications hubs. WIOCC customers are able to access to Epsilon’s 90+ PoPs globally and direct connectivity to world-leading Cloud and Internet Exchange providers. It is the first deployment of Infiny by Epsilon in southern Africa.

Infiny by Epsilon’s on-demand connectivity platform will be deployed in Johannesburg and Cape Town to give African Service Providers rapid access to cloud-centric networking.

The partnership supports the growing adoption of Cloud-based applications and services across the continent. It enables African service providers to seamlessly connect from South Africa to global communications hubs and peering points.

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Jerzy Szlosarek- CEO, Epsilon

“WIOCC is a unique organisation and we are proud to be supporting it as it delivers on-demand connectivity across Africa. Its customers and end users will benefit from faster access to content and the Cloud as well as optimised application performance,” said Jerzy Szlosarek, CEO at Epsilon. “We are serving truly global demand for on-demand connectivity. Our Global Interconnect Fabric has been developed over the last 15 years to provide consistent Quality of Service and Experience no matter where our partners are located.”

Jointly owned by 14 major African telecoms operators, WIOCC’s shareholder and partner networks interconnect over 500 locations across more than 30 African countries using a 55,000km terrestrial fibre-optic network. WIOCC connects its customers to key financial and commercial centres in Africa and around the world.

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Chris Wood- CEO, WIOCC

“Partnering with Epsilon further expands our capabilities and provides our customers with rapid and flexible access to global hubs. Epsilon’s Infiny platform makes it simple to connect and grow our presence globally and improves our customers’ ability to quickly roll out new applications and services,” said Chris Wood, CEO at WIOCC. “The African market wants network services that can support the Cloud, matching the speed and accessibility of other ICT solutions. Infiny helps us to deliver Cloud-centric networking to our African customers.”

The Infiny platform enables partners to rapidly provision a suite of on-demand connectivity services via a web-based portal, APIs and iOS or Android mobile apps. It makes procuring and managing global connectivity simple with 24/7 access to services via its intuitive web portal or APIs.

Infiny by Epsilon users can choose from a range of services from port-to-port, port-to-Cloud, port-to-Internet Exchange, SIP Trunking and Inbound services, last mile DIA and SD-WAN services. It is supported with bespoke intelligent networking technology that enables it to offer guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) and Experience (QoE), end-to-end and around the world.

About Epsilon

Epsilon is a global Cloud Centric Network service provider, extending carrier-grade connectivity services to the world’s Communications and Cloud ecosystems. The company offers smart networking capabilities that combine on-demand infrastructure, automation, web-based portals and APIs to give partners friction-free access to global connectivity.

All Epsilon services are powered by a next-generation hyper-scalable global backbone which connects all the leading telecoms hubs globally. Across this fabric encompasses a dense ecosystem of carriers, service operators and cloud providers offering the leading interconnect point for a diverse set of network and connectivity requirements.

For more information about Epsilon, please visit: www.epsilontel.com

About WIOCC

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.

For more information about WIOCC, please contact info@wiocc.net or visit: www.wiocc.net

 

WIOCC building Johannesburg metro network with 39 PoPs

WIOCC is building a large forty PoP metro network for the South African city of Johannesburg.

Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC, Johannesburg has told Capacity that WIOCC is building a large forty PoP (Point of Presence) metro network for the South African city of Johannesburg. This forty PoP metro network will give WIOCC access to thousands of buildings and bring them on-net and capable of delivering WIOCC’s international carrier business to their end customers doorsteps.

SOUTHThe Johannesburg metro network has three core PoPs and over 39 aggregation and customer provided (CPE) PoPs making it the largest metro network in Africa. The network covers all of the main business areas of the city. Wood said: “We are buying dark fibre from Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and that is what the 39 PoPs are being built around. This is what we need to be doing for our customers and for their enterprise clients. We are not entering the enterprise space – we are driving traffic to our core assets and the enterprise nearer to their clients.”

The amount of capacity used by the WIOCC consortium’s members and customers has doubled in volume in the last 12 months and he thinks that this volume of growth will grow over the next few months, probably doubling every nine months for the foreseeable future.

Wood made it clear that this foray into metro networks was just the beginning and that they will be working on further metro networks in the near future.

Wood made it very clear that WIOCC is not targeting the enterprise space – rather they are enabling their customers to get there. “The market is changing considerably in terms of what our customers want. So therefore, our role now is changing – the industry in Africa is becoming a lot more complex – we have to take our customers deeper into Africa. Whereas in the past our customers were looking for point-to-point bandwidth; then point-to-point bandwidth with a bit of redundancy and now its seamless protection. Moving forward they are all building more complex network solutions for their enterprise customers.”

The Johannesburg metro network will be completed by the third quarter of this year.

WIOCC’s Mike Last interviewed on Capacity TV

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.

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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’s double success at AfricaCom awards

  • WIOCC wins two awards 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
  • Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa Award recognises considerable improvement in rural, urban and under-served area’s connectivity
  • Best Network Improvement Award acknowledges significant improvement in a network’s performance or coverage

At the 7th Annual AfricaCom Awards in Cape Town (12 November), Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC won the Best Network Improvement and Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa awards for bringing direct, high-capacity, international connectivity to Somalia for the first time.

l-r: John Sihra, WIOCC Chairman; Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO; Mohamed Ahmed Jama, Dalkom Somalia CEO
l-r: John Sihra, WIOCC Chairman; Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO; Mohamed Ahmed Jama, Dalkom Somalia CEO

According to WIOCC CEO Chris Wood, “These two awards recognise the work we have done to connect Somalia to the global telecommunications network. This initiative has taken six years to achieve and has faced innumerable and seemingly impossible hurdles to overcome. We persevered, never gave up and finally achieved our goal when the EASSy cable was landed in Mogadishu in late 2013.”

“We launched service in February this year and already the impact on the country has been immense. We can see from the rapid traffic growth that more and more people are being connected on a daily basis. This growth curve will accelerate over the coming months as access is extended further into Mogadishu and across the country. “

Through WIOCC, local internet service providers (ISPs) have been able to increase their international capacity and take advantage of improved options for reliability and diversity, and latency reductions of up to 80%. This speed difference has been described as “similar to the difference between day and night”, with the BBC reporting, “… people flocking to hotels and internet cafes to experience a fast service for the first time, where some got their first sight of video platforms such as YouTube and social networking sites”.

WIOCC shortlisted for three awards at AfricaCom 2014

The shortlists for the super-prestigious AfricaCom awards have just been released: http://www.africacomawards.com/africacom-awards-shortlist-2014/

Following its successes at the last two events (Best Pan-African Initiative, 2012 and Industry Personality of the Year, 2013), WIOCC has for the first time been shortlisted in three categories:

  • Changing Lives Award
  • Best Connectivity Solution for Africa
  • Best Network Improvement

Winners will be announced at the Awards dinner in Cape Town on November 12th, 2014.

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