WIOCC COO, Ryan Sher invited to join an interactive polling session & panel

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.

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Ryan Sher, WIOCC COO

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?
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WIOCC CEO Chris Wood on executive roundtable at ITW next week

WIOCC CEO, Chris Wood, will be participating in an executive roundtable on Tuesday 15th May at the International Telecoms Week in Chicago.

Mr Wood will provide expert insight and comment within the Spotlight on Africa panel session entitled ‘Connectivity and opportunity’.

As capacity becomes more readily available into, within and out of African markets, the panel of industry experts at this roundtable will discuss a range of important topics including:

1.  The impact on regional development
• enterprise growth – accessing new verticals; impact on broadband
• building backhaul to support last mile delivery
• improving carrier-grade transport

2. The opportunity in-region connectivity to landlocked countries presents for carriers
• expected ROIs and challenges – security issues for personnel and cables
• route diversity – role of radio technology vs. fixed line, regional loops

3. International connectivity – evaluating transport trends and problems
• examine patterns and reasons for traffic going east and west from Africa
• impact and drivers for new subsea cables on route diversity and existing cable capacity expansion
• business case for building to South America

4. Evaluating price compression in the voice and data markets
• oversupply of capacity; monopolistic subsea cables

5. New market opportunities and competition
• track the status of newly de-regulated countries
• a look at which countries are liable to open up in the short and medium term
• impact of increased competition on the wholesale environment

“The importance of international connectivity for Africa cannot be overestimated,” said WIOCC CEO Chris Wood. “Understanding both the opportunities and the challenges presented by African markets is crucial for successful decision-making.”

“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 strategies for the continent.”