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


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.

Viatel interview 2

The interview can be viewed using the link above and can currently be accessed from the Capacity magazine Home Page –

Zantel to expand to rural areas

WIOCC shareholder Zantel Tanzania has set aside $70 million (Tsh 110.74 billion) to expand its network to rural areas.

Zantel’s CEO, Mr Ali Jarsh said that their rural areas investment plan aimed at boosting wireless communication technology, 3G, mobile broadband and internet services networking. “This will see Zantel earn 20% market share in the next two years from the current 7%,” Jarsh said. Jarsh said that the two-year investment plan would enable the mobile phone operator to increase its existing two million subscriber base in Tanzania by a further six million subscribers. “We are expecting the investment would enable Zantel to achieve its target of controlling 20% market share in the next two years, equivalent to an increase of 13%,” he said.

According to Mr Jarsh, Zantel has already invested over $150 million (Tsh 237 billion) in the mainland since it started operations in the country. “We have charted out strategies to make sure that we narrow the market gap with other competitors in the mobile phone industry as well as internet services,” he explained. Besides network expansion plans, Zantel has also reduced tariffs to enable its subscribers to enjoy calling each other with affordable rates.

The company’s CCO and SVP for the Etisalat Group, Mr. Ahmed Mokhles said that the offer was designed to offer maximum value over voice, data and SMS and reduce prices of making calls. “Apart from free calls and reduced SMS tariffs in SMS, we are now offering free 50MB for internet users in a move that aims at taking the telecom industry to a new level,” he said.

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WIOCC and C&W Worldwide partner for improved African connectivity

Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC has entered into a strategic partnership with Cable&Wireless Worldwide, a global mission critical communications provider, to improve the reliability, performance and reach of international connectivity in and out of Africa. This initiative will enable WIOCC to provide the first truly seamless low-latency network from Africa to Europe and reinforces its position as the carriers’ choice for high-bandwidth, low-latency, EASSy capacity.

WIOCC’s African footprint & high-capacity Europe-Africa ring

Through C&W Worldwide, WIOCC has invested in two new submarine cable systems – the Europe India Gateway (EIG) and West Africa Cable System (WACS). These additional investments enable WIOCC to create a unique, diversity-rich, high-capacity ring around Africa and into Europe, delivering the highest capacity at the lowest possible cost base, thereby extending its existing end-to-end managed regional and international services the length of Africa’s western seaboard.

“This strategic investment in new high-capacity submarine cable systems strengthens our existing ‘east+west coast diversity’ proposition and provides our carrier clients with even greater network resilience and redundancy. C&W Worldwide is an ideal partner as we share a similar vision of investing in strategic telecom infrastructure to support the growth of Africa,” said WIOCC CEO Chris Wood, who was recently named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecoms industry.

WIOCC already offers telcos and internet service providers (ISPs) affordable, reliable connectivity to over 400 locations across 20 southern and eastern African countries, utilising more than 50,000 km of shareholder and partner-owned terrestrial fibre. This new agreement will enable WIOCC to reach up to 10 additional countries on Africa’s west coast, extending its seamless end-to-end connectivity offering between Africa and Europe to maximise WIOCC’s EASSy investment.

C&W Worldwide Managing Director for Global Wholesale & Carrier, Diarmid Massey, added: “C&W Worldwide provisioned its first submarine cables in Africa more than 100 years ago and our commitment to this market has only increased over the years. We are committed to working with partners like WIOCC to foster the infrastructure needed for both international and local businesses to prosper in the burgeoning African market.”

WIOCC’s Connected international newsletter, Issue #2

Following the publication of Issue #3 of Connected, I have been asked to add the first two issues to the blog. So here goes for Issue #2… and #1 will follow later this week.

Click here for the second issue of Connected from WIOCC, breaking opinions on topical issues relating to international connectivity.

Connected, Issue #2

The increasing availability of lower-cost, higher-speed connectivity with and within Africa is making it easier for telcos, ISPs and multi-national corporations to maximise communications network uptime by investing in additional network diversity. However, with the diversity strategy of some of these organisations slow to change, we posed the following question to our panel of experts:

To what extent will investing now in newly-available options to increase network diversity – both terrestrially and internationally – prove to be a vital element in ensuring business success for telcos, ISPs and multi-national businesses operating in Africa?

This month’s expert panel includes: Tim Gigg from Vodafone Group; David James, Principal Analyst at Ovum; Steve Song, Founder of Village Telco; Russell Southwood, CEO of Balancing Act;  Angela Partington, Editor of Capacity magazine; and WIOCC CEO, Chris Wood

Review the discussion by clicking here.

WIOCC’s ‘Connected’ international newsletter, Issue #3

Click here for the third issue of Connected from WIOCC, breaking opinions on topical issues relating to international connectivity.

Connected, Issue #3

Fuelled by massive improvements in capacity, connectivity and reliability, Africa is in the midst of a staggering explosion in internet users – up from 4.5 million in 2000 to around 111 million users today. The increased affordability of mobile handsets, combined with a relative lack of legacy systems, has led to the African continent embracing mobile broadband and leading the world in mobile banking.

This month’s expert panel includes: John Davis from Intel; Ms Robyn Milham from Research In Motion (RIM); Angel Dobardziev, Practice Leader at Ovum; Bradley Shaw, Editor of Africa Telecoms magazine; and WIOCC COO, Ryan Sher.

We asked our experts to name three other sectors or services they think will flourish in this new way of working and living, and at least one  which they believe is particularly vulnerable unless it adapts…

Review the discussion by clicking here.

Zambia turns to Internet to fight climate change

Another interesting article has reached my in-box – this time about rural application of the internet in Africa…

Farmers will need access to up-to-the-minute information to adapt effectively to climate change, experts say, but in rural Zambia few have access to the Internet.

A southern African communication group hopes to change that by rolling out rural “telecentres” that will act as one-stop shops for communications services in rural areas, offering Internet access, photocopying, credit for mobile phones and other services.

Zambia, like many southern African nations, is seeing increasing prolonged dry seasons and short periods of heavy rainfall, changes believed linked to climate shifts. With most of the country’s population reliant on small-scale farming for a living, the changes are forcing farmers to rethink the way they operate.

Whether it’s used to look up drought-resistant crops, determine which crops to plant after each harvest to boost nutrients in the soil, or figure out how to retain water in the soil to prepare for dry spells, the Internet has the potential to provide local communities with help in changing practices. It also allows two-way communication, letting farmers ask questions and pass on their own techniques, rather than simply absorbing information.

Reliable information about current market prices and availability, machinery, fertiliser, seed, and hardy crop varieties also can help farmers in rural areas boost production, plan ahead and consider their options, he said.

Courtesy of SATNET

The telecentre project focuses on providing services including internet access, photocopying, radios, mobile phone and credit sales and phone charging to rural communities, as well as offering brochures promoting advice about farming practises.

Altogether, more than 30 telecentres are now operating around the country, each with an average of more than 800 users.

Calvin Kaleyi, a spokesman for the Zambia National Farmers Union, said that since only the a minority of people in the country have access to the internet – about 6 percent – information centres are hugely beneficial to local communities for finding out about a wide range of agricultural issues, including how to adapt to climate change.

Click here to view the full, original article.