Ryan Sher, COO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, will be part of a roundtable discussing ‘Regulation, Spectrum and Broadband Strategies’ at TMT Finance Africa which takes place today, Thursday 15th March 2018 at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.
The roundtable is scheduled for 14.00 – 14.50 pm and will be chaired by Tracy Cohen – Director, CDH Legal. Other speakers include Prof H Sama Nwana – Managing Partner, Cenerva, Thomas Hintze – CEO, Wananchi Group, Dr Adedoyin Adeola – Telecommunication Executive Consultant and Brian Jakins – Regional Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Intelsat.
Key stakeholders, telecom executives, regulators and investors discuss the latest strategies around spectrum sharing and rolling out new broadband networks in Africa – and how regulators are impacting investment decisions. Areas to be covered during the session include:
Spectrum sharing – which strategies are proving most successful? Which trends will follow?
How is the regulatory environment impacting investment in South Africa and other key markets?
4G, 5G and Fibre Rollout – What does the investment roadmap look like and where is investment having the most impact?
Financing Models – Including Public Private Partnerships
Ryan Sher, COO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, will be part of an interactive polling session & panel discussion on ‘Future Proofing Subsea and Terrestrial Networks Serving the African Region’ at Next Generation Optical Networking Africa which takes place on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th February 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Ryan Sher will participate in the discussion which takes place on the first day between 11.40 am – 1.20pm on Tuesday 14th February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town.
The panel which will be moderated by Wireless Spectrum Research Associate from NSRC, Steve Song will also include Dale Smith from NSRC, James Kanja from National Fibre Backbone Network and Mike Silber from Liquid Telecom. An interactive voting session will be conducted and participants will get a chance to have their say on how networks are developing before the topic is addressed by the panelists.
Some of the questions to be covered include:
Are we building fast enough to meet the demands of a bandwidth-hungry generation and how will this demand evolve?
Assessing the different options for enabling high capacity access into land locked African countries
What is driving broadband demand in the different regions and what growth rate is to be expected?
How are Open Networks, PoP-to-PoP connectivity, and ROADMs changing submarine architectures? How will subsea network architectures evolve to deliver to the African region?
How is the value chain in Africa evolving? What are the relationships with the ISPs & data centres?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mauritius, 22nd February, 2016 – Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC has established remote peering internet exchange points (IXPs) in Virginia (Equinix Ashburn), New York (NYIIX), Amsterdam (AMS-IX) and Frankfurt (DE-CIX ), giving its customers enhanced access to the global internet while also enhancing WIOCC’s network connectivity redundancy.
“WIOCC is a truly customer-focussed organisation, committed to providing enhanced products and services to meet our customers’ evolving needs. By establishing these IXPs, we have made it even easier for our customers to do business around the world”, explained WIOCC COO Ryan Sher.
WIOCC now has direct connection to over 1,100 more networks through Equinix’s Ashburn Virginia Internet Exchange, an additional 700 networks on AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange), over 650 on DE-CIX (Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange in Frankfurt) and more than 160 on NYIIX (New York International Internet eXchange).
“These IXPs make even more bandwidth available to WIOCC’s international carrier and ISP customers, who can also now access a wider pool of content providers and services that rely on high-speed, low-cost connectivity”, concluded WIOCC’s Ryan Sher.
WIOCC, Africa’s Carrier’s Carrier will be attending and participating at Capacity Africa 2015 taking place in Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Tuesday 8th – Wednesday 9th September, 2015. Delegates attending this year’s conference will meet with over 400+ senior executives from 130+ major players and regional start-ups from 65+ countries representing the entire African wholesale industry from across the continent and beyond.
WIOCC will be represented at the event by Ryan Sher – Chief Operations Officer, James Wekesa – Chief Commercial Officer, Hitesh Desai – Director, Sales Southern Africa, Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development and Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales.
Ryan Sher will also be an expert panelist in a discussion session about “A Pan-African, inclusive vision for enabling connectivity throughout the continent” on the first day (8th September, 2015) at 10.10 am.
The discussion is expected to focus on:
The economics of expanding networks into rural and landlocked Africa
Current network developments (4G-LTE) and trends in consumer uptake
Examples of successful case studies of connectivity at affordable prices vs. where improvements are most needed
Is Africa on the brink of a fibre revolution? Spotlight on terrestrial fibre network roll outs and FTTH
Analysis of alternative forms of connectivity and multi-layered approaches
Which government and non-government initiatives (NGOs and USFs) are helping to resolve connectivity deprivation?
The WIOCC event team is lining up a full set of meetings with existing and prospective customers to discuss how WIOCC can support them in Africa.
WIOCC will be present at the International Telecoms Week (ITW ’13) being held in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, USA from 13th – 15th May, 2013.
Chris Wood – CEO, Ryan Sher – COO, Mike Last – Director, Marketing and International Business Development and Winnie Karisa – Marketing will represent WIOCC at the event.
Chris Wood will be participating in a panel discussion on Tuesday 14th May, 2013 at East Tower, Gold Level, Columbus CD conference room. Mr. Wood will offer his expertise and comments within the spotlight on Africa panel session titled ‘Driving data demand in Africa’. Some of the topics to be discussed on the panel include:
• Tracking the impact of subsea cable connectivity on nascent markets
– identifying markets with the largest data needs and growth projections
• Determining terrestrial infrastructure needs for quality, redundant and reliable services
– is there sufficient deployment of additional terrestrial infrastructure
– tracking IP growth vs. terrestrial network growth across the continent
– evaluating the opportunity represented by large markets like Libya and Ethiopia if liberalized
• Motivating in-region content development to create data demand
– how can service providers promote content creation and distribution to drive demand across their networks?
– when will Africa live up to its bandwidth promise?
• Driving mobile internet uptake and adoption
– cheaper handsets = more eyeballs?
– LTE timelines and viability
– which content and applicants will drive the proliferation of bandwidth?
• Establishing a roadmap to provoke the explosion
To arrange a meeting with the WIOCC team please contact Winnie Karisa at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the third consecutive year, Ryan Sher, Chief Operating Officer at Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has been acclaimed1 as one of the 40 most influential people under the age of 40 in the global telecommunications industry.
Ryan has been a key force in the development and commercialisation of WIOCC’s unique international fibre-optic network, which won the Best Pan-African Initiative Award at AfricaCom 2012 and seamlessly links 50,000km of African terrestrial fibre with multiple international submarine cables.
In his citation, Ryan was recognised for ‘his drive, energy and business skills, which have been vital in transforming WIOCC – after less than five years trading – into Africa’s carriers’ carrier. WIOCC leads the way in delivering end-to-end-managed wholesale connectivity to Africa and offers carriers diversity-rich, high-speed international connectivity to and from over 400 locations in 30 African countries.’
Ryan’s achievements include implementing the first truly seamless, diversity-rich, high-speed network between Africa and Europe – linking WIOCC’s strategic investments in EASSy, EIG and WACS – and managing the interconnection of WIOCC shareholder and partner networks to create the largest (over 50,000km) terrestrial fibre footprint in Africa.