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.

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?

WIOCC CEO Chris Wood invited to join executive panel

Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, will be part of a top-level panel discussing what is, can and needs to be done to help unlock the potential in Africa at International Telecoms Week (8th-11th May 2016 in Chicago) – which is expected to attract more than 6,000 professionals from 150 countries, and is the largest meeting point for the global wholesale telecoms community.


Consistently named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecoms industry, Chris Wood will address the topical ‘Upgrade vs. New Build’ issue and provide expert insight and comment within the Unlocking Potential in Africa: Keeping up with data traffic’ session – which takes place between 8:30-10:30am on Tuesday 10th May at the Hyatt Regency & Swissôtel, in Swiss Tower, Gold Level, Alpine 2.

The expert panel – which will be chaired by Balancing Act CEO Russell Southwood and also include Funke Opeke from MainOne, Chris George from Google, Mike van den Bergh from PCCW Global and Willem Marais from Liquid Telecom – will discuss a range of topics including:

1. Data Traffic Pattern/Trends across Africa
⦁ Consumption by Region and a review of the factors driving usage trends
⦁ An insight into data traffic trajectories and comparison to other markets internationally.
2. Connectivity Landscape across Africa
⦁ How are fibre deployment strategies affecting data uptake?
⦁ How are businesses dealing with investment challenges of implementing fibre?
⦁ Impact of 4G/LTE networks across Africa
⦁ Impact of cheaper satellite connectivity solutions
3. Insight into Data Center Market and Content Trends Across Africa
⦁ Analysis of the current environment, key trends, business issues, opportunities and future developments in the market.

4. Overview of the key data center players across Africa

5. The impact on content uptake and the opportunities for content distribution

WIOCC at Capacity Middle East 2015

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO
Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Capacity Middle East 2015 has firmly established itself as the ultimate meeting point for all operators and service providers’ active in the Middle Eastern telecoms market and seeking global connectivity. The event is expected to attract 1200+ senior executive delegates from Africa, Asia, Middle Eastern, Europe and North America at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai on 10th – 12th March.

WIOCC will be represented at the event by Chris Wood, CEO, and Mike Last, Director, Marketing & International Business Development. They have a full set of meetings scheduled with customers to discuss WIOCC as their partner in Africa for:

  • affordable, reliable, high-speed capacity into, within and out of Africa
  • onward connectivity to Europe and the rest of the world
  • SDH or Ethernet bandwidth and interface options
  • network diversity – both terrestrial and sub-sea

WIOCC’s Mike Last interviewed on Capacity TV

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 – http://www.capacitymagazine.com/.

Customising customers’ needs

“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”.