A day in the life of… James Wekesa, Chief Commercial Officer at WIOCC

James Wekesa is a deal maker. As the chief commercial officer at Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, Wekesa has an interesting and varied job which includes managing strong, mutually beneficial relationships with WIOCC’s 14 African shareholders.

These shareholders are made up from a mix of incumbent fixed-line operators, mobile challengers, wholesalers and even a regulator, some of which are submarine cable landing station owners, others being landlocked and dependent on cross-border arrangements for access to international connectivity.

These strong relationships are a key element in WIOCC’s ability to provide its own customers with excellent service, enabling it to deliver their traffic seamlessly via a unique 55,000km pan-African terrestrial network. WIOCC’s shareholders are also the company’s key channel to market in their respective domestic markets.

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Article from Capacity Magazine October/November Issue

 

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Connect with WIOCC at ITW 2016

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WIOCC, Africa carriers’ carrier, will be present at International Telecoms Week (ITW) in Chicago. ITW will take place from Sunday 8th May – Wednesday 11th May, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL. Attended by over 6000 professionals from 150 countries across the world, the event is the largest meeting point for the global wholesale telecoms community.

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO, will lead a team representing its Kenya, South Africa and UK offices. The team will comprise Sam Ndungu -CFO; James Wekesa – CCO; Ryan Sher – COO; Mike Last – VP, Marketing & International Business Development; Hitesh Desai – Director, Southern Africa Sales; Rob Irvin – Director, Bid Management & Product; Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development; Jason Tutty – Director, Operations; Rebecca Kariuki – Pricing & Sale Support Manager; Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales: Hillary Tarus – Service Delivery Manager and Winnie Karisa – Marketing Assistant.

The WIOCC team is ready to listen and work with existing and potential customers and partner on their requirements for seamless, scalable connectivity to Africa, within Africa and from Africa to the rest of the world. WIOCC is uniquely focused on the needs of carriers and ISPs, establishing true two-way dialogue and tailoring the individual customer solutions that result in successful long-term relationships.” Mike Last VP, Marketing & International Business Development.

Meetings are being scheduled with existing and prospective customers. To arrange a meeting with the team, please contact winnie.karisa@wiocc.net

 

WIOCC CCO James Wekesa on expert panel at Capacity Africa, Dar es Salaam

ImageOn 17th  September, James Wekesa, Chief Commercial Officer at Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, will take part in a broad-ranging discussion about connectivity infrastructure – from network development and integration, to diversity and service continuity – at Capacity Africa,  Dar es Salaam.

As CCO at WIOCC, with its unique, 50,000km pan-African terrestrial network, James is ideally placed to provide valuable insights into the importance of unifying national networks in multiple countries into a single, seamless network offering.

According to Mr Wekesa, “With diversity also set to be a key topic for discussion, there will be keen interest in WIOCC’s approach to providing carriers with cost-effective, international network diversity. WIOCC has made strategic investments in core terrestrial and submarine assets, which we supplement with additional capacity on other systems, all packaged into a seamless, one-stop-shop, end-to-end service offering.”

Other topical issues set to be covered within the panel session include:

  • Creating reliable terrestrial routes and building efficiency in the network
  • The challenges of keeping fibre networks up and running
  • Can governments intervene to help protect cable infrastructure?
  • Assessing developments in subsea
  • Integrating supplier diversity within connectivity strategies
  • How can integrated regional infrastructure be achieved?

Meet WIOCC in September

This month, WIOCC will be attending Submarine Networks World Singapore and Capacity Africa in Dar es Salaam.

Between 10th and 12th September, Chris Wood (WIOCC CEO) and John Sihra (WIOCC Chairman) will be representing WIOCC at the Submarine Networks World Singapore event at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. They will be available for meetings throughout the event and  Chris will be participating in an expert panel session entitled “Middle East & Africa cable project showcase” on Thursday 12th September.

WIOCC are also Gold Sponsors of Capacity Africa 2013 – the meeting place for carriers active in African wholesale markets.

This event will take place on 17th and 18th September, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. WIOCC will  sponsor a cocktail event on the first evening and James Wekesa (WIOCC’s CCO) will participate in a panel discussion, entitled “Building reliable infrastructure & capitalising on infrastructure efficiency”.  WIOCC’s events, sales and marketing teams – and WIOCC’s local shareholder, Zantel – will be available at the WIOCC booth (#5) throughout the event to answer your questions.

To arrange meetings with the WIOCC team at either event, please contact Winnie at Winnie.karisa@wiocc.net

WIOCC at East Africa Com, 21st – 22nd May

WIOCC be joining 600+ senior level representatives from telecom companies, mobile and fixed-line operators, ISP’s, regulators, investors, telecoms solution vendors, among others at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on May 21st and 22nd at the East Africa Com conference and exhibition.

Africa’s leading carriers’ carrier will be represented at the event by James Wekesa – CCO; Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa Sales; Hitesh Desai – Country Manager, South Africa and Gillian Koech – Marketing.

WIOCC will be exhibiting its products and services at the 2-day strategic conference together with local partner Frontier Optical Networks.  If you have any questions for WIOCC or would just like to meet us, please visit our stand (#24) where you will be able to meet the team led by our Chief Commercial Officer.

To arrange a meeting with WIOCC please contact gillian.koech@wiocc.net.

James Wekesa speaks at Zimbabwe’s Broadband Forum 2013

James Wekesa, WIOCC CCO

Today, 10th May 2013, James Wekesa – WIOCC’s CCO and Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa Sales will represent WIOCC at Zimbabwe’s first Broadband Forum being held in Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Mr. Wekesa will be among the six speakers tackling a variety of internet-related topics at the event. He will offer his expertise during his speaking slot titled ‘Opportunities availed by increased bandwidth capacity on the continent’ between 11:15 and 11:45am.

During his presentation session, James will review the commercial opportunities created by increased bandwidth capacity on the African continent and in Zimbabwe.

This first Broadband Forum aims to unlock the value locally in mass uptake of broadband internet access, providing a platform to unbox opportunities, track progress, zero in on the challenges and explore solutions on all broadband issues. It will be a day of presentation, discussion and networking with local and regional decision makers in the broadband industry.

To reach James or Martin at the Broadband Forum, please email them at james.wekesa@wiocc.net or martin.mutiiria@wiocc.net.

James Wekesa to discuss market growth in West Africa

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James Wekesa, WIOCC CCO

Later this month, WIOCC CCO, James Wekesa, will be participating in a panel discussion at the West Africa Connect event in Dakar, Senegal.  Mr. Wekesa will offer expert insight and comments within the ‘building successful regional and international partnerships’ panel session entitled ‘Facilitating market growth through effective cooperation.’

During the session, which will take place on Wednesday 17th April, 2013, Mr. Wekesa will represent WIOCC – together with other industry experts – in discussing a range of significant topics including:

  • Evaluating the current status of market collaboration

– Co-operation between the West African markets

– Partnerships with international providers

  • International perspective: what are international carriers seeing as key growth drivers in the West African marketplace?
  • How are traffic patterns changing between West Africa and Europe vs. West Africa and the rest of the world and what impact is it having on your business?
  • What are the criteria for an effective co-operation?  Selecting the right partner to meet your business needs, building mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Implementing effective partnerships to facilitate market growth and capitalise on the growth potential of the West African wholesale market

WIOCC is at the forefront of delivering connectivity to/from West Africa including key markets such as Congo, Ghana, Namibia and Nigeria. Other countries expected to come on board soon in West Africa include DRC and Cameroon. WIOCC works closely with customers, developing flexible technical and commercial solutions including:

  • Seamless international connectivity
  • West Africa origination/termination at

– Customer site

– Carrier PoP

– Cable landing station

  • High levels of redundancy

– West & East coast diversity

  • Large capacity on WACS

– Meeting carrier-scale requirements

To arrange a meeting at this event with James Wekesa – CCO, Hitesh Desai – Country Manager (S. Africa) or Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development please contact Winnie Karisa Winnie.karisa@wiocc.net or info@wiocc.net.