WIOCC CEO Chris Wood one of the 100 most powerful people in global telecoms

Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has once again been identified as one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

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Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO

This year’s GTB Power 100 cited Chris’ vision of making an enduring contribution to communications in Africa, while also acknowledging WIOCC’s progress in extending access to international connectivity to many new locations through the construction of WIOCC metropolitan area networks and the continued partnership with Dalkom in Somalia.

He has led WIOCC since start-up in 2008, building the capacity wholesaler into the leading supplier of seamless, end-to-end managed service solutions into, out of and within Africa. WIOCC now carries almost half of all the traffic on EASSy and seamlessly links more than 55,000km of African terrestrial fibre to 40,000km of submarine fibre-optic cable, offering carriers affordable, reliable connectivity to over 500 locations across 30 African countries – and more than 700 cities in 70 countries globally.

Chris continues to evolve WIOCC’s capabilities in alignment with changing industry needs and end-user demands: from pure point-to-point bandwidth in the early days, to the seamless protection and support for more complex network solutions that carriers and ISPs are increasingly delivering today – with support from WIOCC.

Chris commented, “Whilst I am delighted to again be selected for inclusion in the GTB Power 100, this is very much a reflection of the individual efforts put in throughout the year by the entire WIOCC team. A key element of our Mission is to set the standard by which performance is measured in the industry, and each of us in WIOCC will continue our efforts to make this so”.

The Power 100 list 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.

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Chris Wood selected as one of the 100 most powerful people in global telecoms

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEOChris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has today been named one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

In this year’s GTB Power 100 listing, Chris climbed the rankings to #62 – up from #65 last year and #79 in 2012. He is one of only four executives from African businesses included within this Global Telecoms Business magazine-compiled list, which names the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

Earlier this year, Chris brought the first and only direct submarine cable connectivity to the 10 million inhabitants of Somalia, masterminding the landing of the EASSy cable in Mogadishu after six years of hard work in the face of the most difficult conditions possible with piracy, shore-based unrest etc.

He has continued to expand Africa’s carriers’ carrier in line with its rapidly-growing customer base, again delivering significant year-on-year financial growth: in the past 12 months, WIOCC’s revenues increased by 40% and profits rose by more than 100%. Meanwhile, further investments were made in WIOCC’s core network, staff numbers increased by 40% and WIOCC’s Nairobi-based Network Operations Centre doubled in size. Chris was named Industry Personality of the Year Award at the 6th Annual AfricaCom Awards in Cape Town, in November 2013.

Chris has led WIOCC since start-up, building it from an unknown fledgling organisation that sold capacity on EASSy (the East Africa Submarine Cable System), into the leading wholesaler of high-speed, international bandwidth for Africa. WIOCC currently seamlessly links more than 55,000km of terrestrial fibre to 40,000km of submarine fibre-optic cable, offering carriers affordable, reliable connectivity to over 500 locations across 30 African countries and more than 700 cities in 70 countries globally.

The 2014 GTB Power 100:

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The Power 100 list 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.

 

WIOCC’s CEO named as one of the 100 most powerful people in global telecommunications

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO

Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC (www.wiocc.net), was yesterday (28-09-11) named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

Global Telecoms Business magazine has ranked WIOCC’s Chris Wood 46th in its 4th annual  Power 100 list – a  listing of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry. The list is compiled each year from nominations by worldwide readers of the magazine – including CEOs, CFOs and other senior executives of the world’s major operators, telecom vendors and industry organisations.

Over the last three years, Chris has led Nairobi-based WIOCC’s development into Africa’s carriers’ carrier – with investments in EASSy, EIG and WACS as well as access to some 50,000kms of terrestrial fibre in Africa – providing international and African carriers with reliable, affordable and diverse connectivity into, out of and within Africa.

The publication cited Chris’s ‘initiative and determination in forging strategic partnerships with major international players including Bharti Airtel, Global Crossing and Interoute, which have extended WIOCC’s end-to-end services globally.’

He was also recognised for ‘relentlessly driving the interconnection of WIOCC shareholder and partner networks, creating the largest terrestrial fibre footprint in southern and eastern Africa.’

As well as leading WIOCC, Chris was appointed Chairman of EASSy in August 2011. He has been instrumental in securing the system upgrade that will make EASSy the largest provider of capacity into sub-Saharan Africa. This is expected to be operational at the beginning of 2012.

Chris is the highest-ranked executive from an African business in the Power 100 – the others are MTN’s Sifiso Dbengwa (#67), Hannes van Rensberg (#82) from Fundamo and MTN’s Christian de Faria (#83).

The GTB Power 100