WIOCC CMO, Mike Last joins opening panel session at Capacity Middle East 2018

Capacity Middle East takes place from tomorrow, Tuesday 6th until Thursday 8th March 2018 in Dubai, UAE at Grand Hyatt Dubai with Pre Events functions today Monday 5th March 2018. Come and interact with WIOCC on this three-day conference and meet our representatives Chris Wood, CEO, Mike Last, CMO & VP, International Business Development and Rob Irvin, Director, Bid Management and Products.

Mike Last, WIOCC’s CMO, will share his expertise in one of today’s opening panel sessions about Fueling cloud infrastructure demands through innovative subsea cable technologies‘ at 3.30pm – 4.40pm, alongside four other industry leaders including Jason Mcgee-Abe – Editor, Capacity Media being the moderator, Chris Bayly – Director of Global Wholesale Solutions, Colt Technology Services, Peter Zwinkels – VP of Submarine Sales, INFINERA and Mohamed Nasr – AVP, EMEA, Cable Development, PCCW GLOBAL.

Mike and Rob are meeting with the delegates to discuss partnerships with WIOCC for access to the most extensive fibre-optic network in Africa and tailored end-to-end connectivity solutions.

To book a meeting with the WIOCC team at the ongoing event, please contact marketing@wiocc.net.


Meet WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier at Capacity Middle East, 2017

SONY DSCAre you in Dubai, UAE?  Well, make your way to Grand Hyatt Hotel to be part of the ongoing largest carrier event in the Middle East  – Capacity Middle East 2017. WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier executive team is present and participating with  Chris Wood – WIOCC CEO, Mike Last –  CMO & VP, International Business Development, Nikki Popoola – Director Sales and Hitesh Desai – Director, Sales – Southern Africa in attendance.

Chris Wood will also share his expertise in a panel session about  ‘The surge of new submarine cables & the role they play in addressing data explosion, content demands, regional  IOT & cloud adoption’ on the second day (Wednesday 8th March 2017) at 10:00 am.

Chris, Mike, Nikki and Hitesh are having meetings with some of the attendees to discuss more about WIOCC as a Partner in Africa for:

  • High-quality WIOCC Carrier IP Transit Services
  • Technical and commercial flexibility
  • Access to the most extensive fibre-optic network in Africa
  • Tailored end- to- end solutions

To book a meeting with the executive team at the ongoing event, please contact marketing@wiocc.net

DANTE and UbuntuNet Alliance award contract to WIOCC to provide connectivity services to Sub-Saharan Africa

WIOCC globe April 2013
WIOCC’s award-winning network

28 May 2013, Cambridge, UK: DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) has awarded a 15 year contract to award-winning carrier WIOCC for connectivity services in Southern and Eastern Africa, kicking off a two year planning and procurement phase for the AfricaConnect project. In 2015, the contract will novate from DANTE to the UbuntuNet Alliance.

The connectivity procured under the AfricaConnect project complements the UbuntuNet network, a high-capacity network for research and education in Sub-Saharan Africa which creates a regional gateway for global research collaboration. Whilst the long-awaited internet backbone will improve the lives of millions of Africans through accelerated research and education, the connectivity will equally benefit collaborative scientific research the world over, in areas such as climate change, malaria, biodiversity and medicine.

Africa is a rich resource of intellect and genetic resources, as well as having the sort of large quiet spaces ideal for deep space research, and its increased involvement in global science is highly anticipated.

Detailed evaluation
A comprehensive procurement process began in October 2011. Ten organisations from Africa and Europe submitted tenders, and after a competitive negotiation process, the final shortlist comprised five potential suppliers.

Says Cathrin Stöver, Chief International Relations & Communication Officer, DANTE:
“We selected WIOCC for its excellent track record in delivering high-performance, end-to-end managed international connectivity services. The winning solution offered carefully tailored performance, reach, resilience and management, which matched the strict requirements set out in the Invitation to Tender for AfricaConnect.”

WIOCC will provide high-speed data transmission capacity between a set of Sub-Saharan Africa locations and Europe, along with housing space for UbuntuNet routing, switching and monitoring equipment.

WIOCC CEO Chris Wood adds:
“We are delighted to be partnering with DANTE and the UbuntuNet Alliance in delivering a shared vision of improved connectivity for the people of Africa, and here in particular for those involved in research and education in Southern and Eastern Africa.

“We will implement a bespoke solution based on WIOCC’s extensive African terrestrial and submarine infrastructure to deliver the cost-effective, resilient, high-capacity infrastructure required for this project. It is a real privilege to be chosen to support this initiative which will, I am sure, make an enduring contribution to the sharing of knowledge and educational resources within the region and with the global academic and research community.”

AfricaConnect governance and future plans
Funded by the European Commission and coordinated by DANTE, AfricaConnect is a collaborative partnership between Africa (represented by the UbuntuNet Alliance and its 14 member National Research and Education Networks, NRENs, as well as the Association of African Universities, AAU, and the West and Central African Research and Education Network, WACREN) and Europe – supported by 5 European NRENs (DFN – Germany; GARR – Italy; FCCN – Portugal; HEAnet – Ireland; SURFnet – Netherlands).

WIOCC successes at Africa Leadership Awards 2012

Both WIOCC and its CEO have been successful at the recent 2nd Africa Leadership Awards. These awards, which are “all about recognizing Super Achievers, Future Business Leaders and the greatest brands in various sectors”, were announced on December 12th 2012 in Mauritius.

Africa Leadership Awards logoChris Wood was selected jointly as “African CEO of the Year”. The award recognises that he has been integral to the successful establishment of WIOCC and its evolution into its current form. He is credited with spearheading WIOCC’s evolution into a leading player in Africa’s wholesale bandwidth markets and supplier of end-to-end managed capacity into and out of the continent. Chris’s vision for improving the affordability, reach and diversity of Africa’s connections to the world has seen WIOCC extend high-quality connectivity inland from the coast into many land-locked countries. The award also acknowledges that his energy, leadership and determination continue to be instrumental in securing and improving Africa’s connectivity to the world.

WIOCC was also awarded the “Industry Leadership award” for its African connectivity, based on its end-to-end managed service offerings over an unrivalled, diversity-rich, high-capacity, connectivity network, which seamlessly incorporates more than 50,000km of terrestrial fibre in Africa and 40,000km of submarine fibre-optic connectivity.

These awards bring to an end a very successful year of recognition for WIOCC, complementing the recent Africa Com 2012 award for “Best Pan-African Initiative” and the Global Telecoms Business “Power100” and “40 Under 40” placings achieved by Chris and Ryan Sher.