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.

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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 – 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.

 

Martin Mutiiria speaks at Zimbabwe’s Broadband Economy Forum 2017

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 martin.mutiiria@wiocc.net

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 mike.last@wiocc.net.

 

 

 

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 marketing@wiocc.net.

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

WIOCC COO, Ryan Sher invited to join an interactive polling session & panel

Ryan Sher, COO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, will be part of an interactive polling session & panel discussion on ‘Future Proofing Subsea and Terrestrial Networks Serving the African Region’ at  Next Generation Optical Networking Africa which takes place on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th February 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Ryan Sher, WIOCC COO

Ryan Sher will participate in the discussion which takes place on the first day between 11.40 am – 1.20pm on Tuesday 14th February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town.

The panel which will be moderated by Wireless Spectrum Research Associate from NSRC, Steve Song will also include Dale Smith from NSRC, James Kanja from National Fibre Backbone Network and Mike Silber from Liquid Telecom. An interactive voting session will be conducted and participants will get a chance to have their say on how networks are developing before the topic is addressed by the panelists.

Some of the questions to be covered include:

  • Are we building fast enough to meet the demands of a bandwidth-hungry generation and how will this demand evolve?
  • Assessing the different options for enabling high capacity access into land locked African countries
  • What is driving broadband demand in the different regions and what growth rate is to be expected?
  • How are Open Networks, PoP-to-PoP connectivity, and ROADMs changing submarine architectures? How will subsea network architectures evolve to deliver to the African region?
  • How is the value chain in Africa evolving? What are the relationships with the ISPs & data centres?