WIOCC CMO, Mike Last joins opening panel session at Capacity Middle East 2018

Capacity Middle East takes place from tomorrow, Tuesday 6th until Thursday 8th March 2018 in Dubai, UAE at Grand Hyatt Dubai with Pre Events functions today Monday 5th March 2018. Come and interact with WIOCC on this three-day conference and meet our representatives Chris Wood, CEO, Mike Last, CMO & VP, International Business Development and Rob Irvin, Director, Bid Management and Products.

Mike Last, WIOCC’s CMO, will share his expertise in one of today’s opening panel sessions about Fueling cloud infrastructure demands through innovative subsea cable technologies‘ at 3.30pm – 4.40pm, alongside four other industry leaders including Jason Mcgee-Abe – Editor, Capacity Media being the moderator, Chris Bayly – Director of Global Wholesale Solutions, Colt Technology Services, Peter Zwinkels – VP of Submarine Sales, INFINERA and Mohamed Nasr – AVP, EMEA, Cable Development, PCCW GLOBAL.

Mike and Rob are meeting with the delegates to discuss partnerships with WIOCC for access to the most extensive fibre-optic network in Africa and tailored end-to-end connectivity solutions.

To book a meeting with the WIOCC team at the ongoing event, please contact marketing@wiocc.net.

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

For the seventh consecutive year, Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has been named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

Inspirational leadership

Named within the Subsea & Data Centres section of this year’s GTB Power 100, Chris was acclaimed for his inspirational leadership, for his commitment to making an enduring contribution to African communications, and for being central to the transformation of Africa’s connectivity landscape – helping drive demand for network/service improvement initiatives that are bringing the benefits of the internet to an ever-greater number of people in ever-more countries.

Chris has led WIOCC since its formation in 2008, swiftly building it into the leading supplier of seamless, end-to-end managed service solutions into, out of and within Africa. He continues to invest in enhancing the reach, quality and diversity of WIOCC’s unique network, which currently offers customers seamless direct connectivity to over 550 locations across 30 African countries, and many more countries globally, through 55,000km of terrestrial fibre and more than 60,000km of submarine cable.

Chris also co-Chairs the EASSy Management Committee and is a leader in the submarine cable system’s deployment, extension and incremental capacity upgrades.

The 2017 GTB Power 100 – https://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/article/b14xj0qzzyc34x/gtb-announces-power100-for-2017 – 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.

 

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 martin.mutiiria@wiocc.net

WIOCC CMO, Mike Last to join Africa panel session at Subsea Connect 2017

Subsea Connect takes place from tomorrow, Tuesday 11th until Wednesday 12th July 2017 in Marseille. Mike Last, CMO & VP, International Business Development of Africa’s carriers’ carrier, WIOCC will be attending and participating in a panel discussion on ‘Africa – looking forward – How is the continent set to ride the waves as it gains increased subsea cable connectivity?’.

The panel is scheduled for Wednesday 12th July (Day 2) at 12:00 -12:50 pm, Q&A format, moderated by Andrew Lipman, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Other panellists include Artur Mendes (Angola Cables), Chris George (Google) and Byron Clatterbuck (Seacom).

Recent subsea cable rollouts increasing connectivity in Africa have been a key stimulator of economic growth on the continent, both for countries domestically and from a global perspective. This session will explore what the pathway looks like to increased reliable connectivity, who’ll be paving the way and what’s next for Africa’s digital future. Be sure not to miss this interactive panel session!

Questions to be covered will include:

  • Reflecting on what’s already been accomplished – analysing and exploring the developments made by the EASSy and Main One submarine cable systems
  • What does the pathway to increased subsea connectivity look like on the continent? Is it all plain sailing or do rough waters lie ahead?
  • Update from Angola Cables on the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) as the first direct Southern Atlantic submarine cable
  • What projections can be made as we enter the next era of Africa’s digital future?

To book a meeting with the Mike Last at the event, please contact him on mike.last@wiocc.net.

 

 

 

WIOCC shortlisted for three awards at AfricaCom 2014

The shortlists for the super-prestigious AfricaCom awards have just been released: http://www.africacomawards.com/africacom-awards-shortlist-2014/

Following its successes at the last two events (Best Pan-African Initiative, 2012 and Industry Personality of the Year, 2013), WIOCC has for the first time been shortlisted in three categories:

  • Changing Lives Award
  • Best Connectivity Solution for Africa
  • Best Network Improvement

Winners will be announced at the Awards dinner in Cape Town on November 12th, 2014.

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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:

http://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/Article/3384240/Global-Telecoms-Business-Power100-for-2014.html#.VCoGgBaKWik

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.