WIOCC CEO, Chris Wood invited to join panel session

WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier is present at Submarine Networks Europe being held in Hilton Tower Bridge, London today Tuesday 20th  and tomorrow Wednesday 21st  February 2018.

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO takes out his crystal ball and shares his vision on what the next 5 years will bring for the subsea communications for the industry at Submarine Networks Europe, alongside four other industry leaders  including Elaine Stafford – Managing Partner, DRG Undersea Consulting being the Moderator, Andrew Edilson – VP Wholesale, Colt Technology Services,  Alasdair Wilkie – CTO, Deep Blue Cable and Byron Clatterbuck – CEO, SEACOM Ltd.

The panel is scheduled for Wednesday 21st (Day 2) at 09.10 (GMT) and is expected to focus on:

  • Emerging markets: opportunities and challenges
  • Who will be the next big players?
  • The technologies changing the future of subsea networks
  • Will it be more of the same in the next 5 years?

Chris Wood will be in the company of Mike Last, CMO & VP International Business Development and Rob Irvin, Director, Bid Management and Products. If you would like to get more insight on WIOCC offerings to the industry kindly contact marketing@wiocc.net.

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Chris Wood on expert panel at Submarine Networks World

SONY DSCChris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, will be an expert panellist in a discussion session about submarine cable projects in Africa and the Middle East on the final day (Thursday, 12 September) of Submarine Networks World in Singapore.

The discussion is expected to focus upon a broad cross-section of topical issues including:
• How much more international submarine capacity does Africa need, given the number of existing submarine cable landings and the technology-driven design capacity increases on existing cables?
• The importance of seamlessly linking submarine cable connectivity to an extensive terrestrial network, and putting in place infrastructure to enable origination and termination of traffic throughout the region
• Supporting customers’ growing need for physical diversity in their international networks and the benefits of a seamless one-stop-shop interface
As the CEO of the largest shareholder in the EASSy submarine cable, Chris will be able to provide valuable insights into how the EASSy cable has been able to support capacity growth throughout the eastern and southern Africa region. WIOCC is also now assisting multiple carrier customers in delivering high-speed connectivity out of western Africa.

“Network diversity and integrated access to terrestrial and submarine networks are two of the most common discussion points being raised by our customers at the moment,” said WIOCC CEO Chris Wood.

“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 capacity strategies for the continent.”

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 events in September

This month, WIOCC will be attending both Submarine Networks World Singapore and Capacity Africa.

Between 11th and 13th September, Chris Wood will be representing WIOCC at the Submarine Networks World Singapore event at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. He will be available for meetings throughout the event at WIOCC’s exhibition table (#13), and will be participating in an expert panel session entitled “Upgrade or build: How do you justify cable system investments?” on September 12th.

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

This event will take place on 13th – 14th September at the Hyatt Regency in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. As well as sponsoring a cocktail event on the first evening, James Wekesa (WIOCC’s CCO) will participate in two panel discussions, entitled “Southern African Coastal & Landlocked Countries” on the first day and “Data and Content Growth in Africa” on the second day. James, Marcel Bhatti (Sales Manager, South Africa) and our event team will be available at the WIOCC booth (#6) throughout the event.

To arrange meetings with WIOCC’s team at either event, please contact us at info@wiocc.net.

WIOCC Event Schedule, 2012

WIOCC will be attending the following events during the second half of 2012:

WIOCC will be represented at the different events by Chris Wood – CEO, Ryan Sher – COO, James Wekesa – CCO, Mike Last – Director of Marketing & International Business Development, Hitesh Desai – Country Manager (S. Africa), Marcel Bhatti – Sales Manager (S. Africa), Winnie Karisa – Marketing Assistant & PA to CEO and Gillian Koech – Marketing Assistant.

Chris Wood will be joining a panel on ‘Upgrade or build: How do you justify cable system investments? at Submarine Networks World Singapore, James Wekesa will be on a panel discussing ‘Data and Content Growth in Africa’ at Capacity Africa and Mike Last will be discussing ‘The bandwidth revolution in Africa: status, challenges and opportunities’ at Telecoms World Middle East.

If you would like to book a meeting with WIOCC at any of the above-mentioned events, please contact us at info@wiocc.net.

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.

WIOCC’s Connected international newsletter, Issue #2

Following the publication of Issue #3 of Connected, I have been asked to add the first two issues to the blog. So here goes for Issue #2… and #1 will follow later this week.

Click here for the second issue of Connected from WIOCC, breaking opinions on topical issues relating to international connectivity.

Connected, Issue #2

The increasing availability of lower-cost, higher-speed connectivity with and within Africa is making it easier for telcos, ISPs and multi-national corporations to maximise communications network uptime by investing in additional network diversity. However, with the diversity strategy of some of these organisations slow to change, we posed the following question to our panel of experts:

To what extent will investing now in newly-available options to increase network diversity – both terrestrially and internationally – prove to be a vital element in ensuring business success for telcos, ISPs and multi-national businesses operating in Africa?

This month’s expert panel includes: Tim Gigg from Vodafone Group; David James, Principal Analyst at Ovum; Steve Song, Founder of Village Telco; Russell Southwood, CEO of Balancing Act;  Angela Partington, Editor of Capacity magazine; and WIOCC CEO, Chris Wood

Review the discussion by clicking here.