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WIOCC at Capacity Africa in Dar es Salaam

August 26, 2015

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.

Ryan Sher, WIOCC COO

Ryan Sher, WIOCC COO

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.

To arrange a meeting with WIOCC please contact

WIOCC’s Mike Last interviewed on Capacity TV

February 20, 2015

The increasing demand for diverse international connectivity and WIOCC’s collaboration in Europe with Viatel are the topics of a Capacity TV interview between Mike Last, Marketing and International Business Development Director for WIOCC, and Capacity magazine Editor Alex Hawkes.

Viatel interview 2

The interview can be viewed using the link above and can currently be accessed from the Capacity magazine Home Page –

WIOCC’s Mike Last named one of “50 CMOs to watch” in global telecommunications

January 6, 2015

WIOCC’s Marketing and International Business Development Director, Mike Last, has been identified by Global Telecoms Business (GTB) magazine as one of the telecommunications industry’s “50 Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) to watch”.

Mike Last, WIOCC

Mike Last, WIOCC

Executives were nominated for inclusion by colleagues in their companies, by readers and by GTB staff after many discussions with senior executives throughout the industry. This is thought to be the first attempt to identify the industry’s 50 senior marketing professionals to watch.

Responsible for all external and internal marketing, Mike joined WIOCC as employee number two in 2008 and is one of only three1 executives from Africa-based companies in the 50-strong Global Telecoms Business magazine list. Since joining the company, his marketing insight and expertise have been instrumental in helping transform Africa’s carriers’ carrier into a successful, multiple award-winning international capacity and network services wholesaler, now widely recognised as the number one supplier of high-performance bandwidth solutions into and out of Africa.

As well as developing and implementing dynamic marketing strategies, Mike has built a local marketing team in Kenya that delivers world-class communications initiatives. He also works with WIOCC’s shareholders from across Africa to help build their marketing knowledge and expertise – particularly relating to wholesale markets.

1 The other two executives from Africa-based companies are Rita Okuthe (Safaricom) and Tom Tudor (Liquid Telecom).

WIOCC’s double success at AfricaCom awards

January 6, 2015
  • WIOCC wins two awards for bringing direct, high-capacity, international connectivity to Somalia for the first time: helping transform life in the country and grow confidence in Somalia’s economic prospects
  • Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa Award recognises considerable improvement in rural, urban and under-served area’s connectivity
  • Best Network Improvement Award acknowledges significant improvement in a network’s performance or coverage

At the 7th Annual AfricaCom Awards in Cape Town (12 November), Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC won the Best Network Improvement and Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa awards for bringing direct, high-capacity, international connectivity to Somalia for the first time.

l-r: John Sihra, WIOCC Chairman; Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO; Mohamed Ahmed Jama, Dalkom Somalia CEO

l-r: John Sihra, WIOCC Chairman; Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO; Mohamed Ahmed Jama, Dalkom Somalia CEO

According to WIOCC CEO Chris Wood, “These two awards recognise the work we have done to connect Somalia to the global telecommunications network. This initiative has taken six years to achieve and has faced innumerable and seemingly impossible hurdles to overcome. We persevered, never gave up and finally achieved our goal when the EASSy cable was landed in Mogadishu in late 2013.”

“We launched service in February this year and already the impact on the country has been immense. We can see from the rapid traffic growth that more and more people are being connected on a daily basis. This growth curve will accelerate over the coming months as access is extended further into Mogadishu and across the country. “

Through WIOCC, local internet service providers (ISPs) have been able to increase their international capacity and take advantage of improved options for reliability and diversity, and latency reductions of up to 80%. This speed difference has been described as “similar to the difference between day and night”, with the BBC reporting, “… people flocking to hotels and internet cafes to experience a fast service for the first time, where some got their first sight of video platforms such as YouTube and social networking sites”.

WIOCC shortlisted for three awards at AfricaCom 2014

October 11, 2014

The shortlists for the super-prestigious AfricaCom awards have just been released:

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.

AfricaCom Awards 2014 event-logo2


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

September 30, 2014

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:

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.


Rob Irvin joins WIOCC as Director of Product

September 30, 2014
Rob Irvin

Rob Irvin

Experienced senior telecoms professional Rob Irvin joins Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC in the new role of Director of Product.

Previously responsible for international network development at Tata Communications, Rob will focus on continuing to expand WIOCC’s product offering to its carrier customers, including extending its Ethernet and IP Transit service portfolios.

Commenting on the appointment, WIOCC CEO Chris Wood said: “We have created this new position because of the increasing demand we are seeing for bespoke, diversity-rich, high-speed connectivity solutions into and out of Africa. Rob’s wealth of technical, commercial and managerial expertise will be invaluable as we continue to evolve our capabilities to match this demand”.

The creation of this new role is the latest in a series of expansion initiatives undertaken by the capacity wholesaler, which continues to grow to meet the needs of its expanding and increasingly bandwidth-hungry international customer base. As well as making sizeable investments in submarine and terrestrial cable capacity to maintain its carrier-scale core network, in the past year WIOCC has also increased its workforce by 40 per cent and doubled the size of its Network Operations Centre in Nairobi – where its team of Customer Champions provide 24x7x365 end-to-end support to customers.

WIOCC shortlisted for Best African Wholesale Carrier award

September 10, 2014

globalcarrierawards logoWIOCC has for the second consecutive year been shortlisted for Capacity magazine’s Global Carrier Awards in the Best African wholesale carrier category.  The winner of the award – designed to recognise innovation, vision and excellence across the wholesale industry in Africa – will be announced at the Global Carrier Awards dinner on November 4th in Amsterdam, during Capacity Europe.

Inclusion in this shortlist is another major achievement for WIOCC, demonstrating the industry’s recognition of WIOCC as a major force in African telecoms, and is a strong endorsement of the company’s strategy of providing end-to-end services over a carrier-scale network to the telco and ISP community.

NB. There is still time for vote for WIOCC’s CEO Chris Wood in the World Communications Award 2014 CEO of the Year. You just need to visit the link: To be eligible, your vote must be cast by Friday 19th September 2014.

We are also continuing to await news on whether Chris has been shortlisted for the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label. The finalists for this award will be announced shortly.

Customising customers’ needs

June 30, 2014

“Elevating Africa to New Heights” was one of the key topics in the June 2014 edition of leading industry magazine, Global Telecoms Business. Chris Wood, WIOCC’s CEO, was interviewed for this issue, expounding upon how WIOCC is playing a unique role in increasing and improving connectivity to the African continent.

In the interview, Chris outlined how WIOCC is able to meets carriers’ demands for additional capacity and diversity through significant investments in expanding and enhancing its submarine and terrestrial fibre network capacity.

To find out more on how WIOCC works with its customers to meet their needs, read the full article titled “Increased connectivity and rapid growth in demand elevate Africa to new heights”.

Connecting the Unconnected

June 19, 2014

WIOCC offers a unique, diversity-rich Pan-African network which provides direct international connectivity to more than 500 locations in 30 African countries.

Seamlessly linking in excess of 40,000km of submarine cable and more than 55,000km of terrestrial fibre, WIOCC’s network is helping to bring affordable, high-capacity international connectivity to landlocked countries such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and Lesotho. Bandwidth prices in Lesotho fell by 67% when WIOCC used its unique terrestrial network to connect the Kingdom.

Submarine Telecoms Forum magazine recently found out more about the major role WIOCC is playing in supporting economic growth in Africa in their May–June Issue, described in an article entitled ‘Africa Elevated to New Heights’.



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