WIOCC CEO Chris Wood on executive roundtable at ITW next week

WIOCC CEO, Chris Wood, will be participating in an executive roundtable on Tuesday 15th May at the International Telecoms Week in Chicago.

Mr Wood will provide expert insight and comment within the Spotlight on Africa panel session entitled ‘Connectivity and opportunity’.

As capacity becomes more readily available into, within and out of African markets, the panel of industry experts at this roundtable will discuss a range of important topics including:

1.  The impact on regional development
• enterprise growth – accessing new verticals; impact on broadband
• building backhaul to support last mile delivery
• improving carrier-grade transport

2. The opportunity in-region connectivity to landlocked countries presents for carriers
• expected ROIs and challenges – security issues for personnel and cables
• route diversity – role of radio technology vs. fixed line, regional loops

3. International connectivity – evaluating transport trends and problems
• examine patterns and reasons for traffic going east and west from Africa
• impact and drivers for new subsea cables on route diversity and existing cable capacity expansion
• business case for building to South America

4. Evaluating price compression in the voice and data markets
• oversupply of capacity; monopolistic subsea cables

5. New market opportunities and competition
• track the status of newly de-regulated countries
• a look at which countries are liable to open up in the short and medium term
• impact of increased competition on the wholesale environment

“The importance of international connectivity for Africa cannot be overestimated,” said WIOCC CEO Chris Wood. “Understanding both the opportunities and the challenges presented by African markets is crucial for successful decision-making.”

“I am looking forward to a lively discussion with my fellow panel members, and hope that this will help those in the audience who are developing and refining their strategies for the continent.”


WIOCC events schedule 2012

WIOCC will be attending the following events in 2012:

To set up a meeting, please contact us at info@wiocc.net.

Meet WIOCC in May at ITW & Satcom Africa

Following our successful representation at East Africa Com last month, WIOCC will be participating in two events during May.

We will be sending a delegation to Washington DC, USA for ITW ’11. Chris Wood (CEO), Ryan Sher (COO), Mike Last (Director, Marketing & International Business Development) and Winnie Karisa (Marketing) will man the WIOCC stand and meet with customers, partners, etc. from 23rd – 25th May. Chris will also be participating in the Africa panel session on Tuesday 24th May (11:00 to 12:30).

The WIOCC stand will also be at Satcom Africa in Johannesburg, S. Africa later in the month (30th May to 2nd June), where it will be manned by Hitesh Desai and Marcel Bhatti from our S. Africa office.

Please come along to the stand to meet our representatives, or send a mail to info@wiocc.net to set up a meeting.

WIOCC conference programme for H1 2011

Chris Wood on the WIOCC stand

If you would like to meet members of the WIOCC team face-to-face, there will be plenty of opportunity throughout 2011. Below is a list of the conferences and exhibitions at which we will be present during the first half of 2011 – with more events to follow in the second half of the year:

  • March 22: Innovation Africa Digital Summit, Mombasa, Kenya – James Wekesa will be attending, and participating in an International Infrastructure panel.
  • March 28-30: IIR 6th Annual Broadband Summit, Jo’burg, S. Africa. Hitesh Desai and Marcel Bhatti, from our S. Africa Sales office, will be at the summit.
  • April 5-6: East Africa Com, Nairobi, Kenya. WIOCC will be sharing a stand with Telkom Kenya Orange and many of the WIOCC team will be attending the event, including CEO Chris Wood.
  • May 23-25: ITW, Washington DC, USA. The WIOCC stand will occupy the same place as at last year’s event, and we are arranging meetings at our bilateral table. Chris Wood (CEO), Ryan Sher (COO), Mike Last (Marketing & International Business Director) and Winnie Karisa will be present. On the 24th: Chris Wood will be participating in the Africa panel at the associated conference.
  • May 30 – June 2: SatCom Africa, Jo’burg, S. Africa. Hitesh Desai and Marcel Bhatti will be attending the event.

To set up a meeting or obtain further information on attendance at any of these events, please contact us at info@wiocc.net


WIOCC’s CCO, James Wekesa will be participating in a roundtable discussion on Monday, May 24th, 10:45 – 12:15 entitled ‘AFRICA: INTERNATIONAL, CROSS-BORDER AND INTRA-AFRICAN CONNECTIVITY’. Join him and other leading decision makers in an executive roundtable in the Marriott Ballroom Salon 3, Lobby Level. All ITW delegates are invited.


James Wekesa

If you’re going to ITW, why not come along and join James Wekesa, WIOCC’s CCO, on Monday, 24 May at the  panel session on “Africa: International, Cross-Border and Intra-African Connectivity”, in the Marriott Ballroom Salon 3, Lobby Level, starting at 10:45.

This will be a valuable opportunity to gain insights into the African market from companies such as WIOCC, ANALYSYS MASON, BELGACOM ICS, GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS , KENYA DATA NETWORKS,  TELKOM SA, and others.

Mike Last

Both Ryan Sher, WIOCC’s CTO, and Mike Last, responsible for International Marketing & Business Development, will also be at the event. Please come along to the WIOCC booth – Booth 903 (in Hall B, Exhibit Level) – and talk to Winnie Karisa about arranging a meeting with either of them. Alternatively, drop us a message on info@wiocc.net, and we’ll set something up in advance.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there…

Meet WIOCC in May at ITW & SubOptic

WIOCC will be attending the International Telecoms Week (ITW) conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC, USA between May 24th and 26th, 2010.

We are in the process of arranging meetings at the event – please get in touch at info@wiocc.net if you’d like to set something up. If not, just come along to Booth 903 (in Hall B, Exhibit Level) to meet the WIOCC team, find out about our activities and get the latest news on EASSy.

We also be attending SubOptic 2010 in Yokohama, Japan, May 11-14, 2010.
Again, please contact  info@wiocc.net to schedule a meeting.