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.


Meet WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier at Capacity Middle East, 2017

SONY DSCAre you in Dubai, UAE?  Well, make your way to Grand Hyatt Hotel to be part of the ongoing largest carrier event in the Middle East  – Capacity Middle East 2017. WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier executive team is present and participating with  Chris Wood – WIOCC CEO, Mike Last –  CMO & VP, International Business Development, Nikki Popoola – Director Sales and Hitesh Desai – Director, Sales – Southern Africa in attendance.

Chris Wood will also share his expertise in a panel session about  ‘The surge of new submarine cables & the role they play in addressing data explosion, content demands, regional  IOT & cloud adoption’ on the second day (Wednesday 8th March 2017) at 10:00 am.

Chris, Mike, Nikki and Hitesh are having meetings with some of the attendees to discuss more about WIOCC as a Partner in Africa for:

  • High-quality WIOCC Carrier IP Transit Services
  • Technical and commercial flexibility
  • Access to the most extensive fibre-optic network in Africa
  • Tailored end- to- end solutions

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

Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier at Capacity Africa 2016

WIOCC, Africa’s Carriers’ Carrier will be present at Capacity Africa 2016 being held in Speke Resort & Conference Centre Kampala, Uganda on Tuesday 27th – Wednesday 28th September 2016. The event brings together 500+ senior-level professionals from 180+ organisations representing the entire African wholesale industry, delivering the ultimate platform to network with existing partners and establish new lucrative business partnerships within the continent.

WIOCC team will be led by WIOCC’s CEO, Chris Wood and joined by other executive team members and directors including; Ryan Sher – COO, James Wekesa – CCO, Mike Last – VP, International Business Development, Hitesh Desai – Director, Sales Southern Africa, Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development, Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales and Nikki Popoola – Director, Sales.

martin-imageMartin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales will be an expert panelist in a discussion session on “The evolution of the African wholesale market – How to keep fit for survival” on the first day (27th September 2016) at 11.40 am. Lately, there has been a paradigm shift with enterprises becoming more active in the purchase of large volumes of data. WIOCC has proven over the years that they have managed to be purely on the wholesale market business and with the new Johannesburg metro coming up which will not target the enterprise space.

The discussion is expected to focus on:

  • How much longer can traditional wholesale survive in Africa?
  • Is it already approaching the end or is the panic much ado about nothing?
  • Is entering the enterprise sector the way forward, or is it in only going to spoil prices in another area?
  • Can wholesale learn anything from retail? Which strategies could be adopted?
  • Are terminations and managed services the future? Which promise success and how should carriers approach them?
  • How can local carriers compete with the big international wholesale players?
  • Does development need to happen on a technical level?

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 winnie.karisa@wiocc.net or marketing@wiocc.net.

Connect with WIOCC at ITW 2016


WIOCC, Africa carriers’ carrier, will be present at International Telecoms Week (ITW) in Chicago. ITW will take place from Sunday 8th May – Wednesday 11th May, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL. Attended by over 6000 professionals from 150 countries across the world, the event is the largest meeting point for the global wholesale telecoms community.

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO, will lead a team representing its Kenya, South Africa and UK offices. The team will comprise Sam Ndungu -CFO; James Wekesa – CCO; Ryan Sher – COO; Mike Last – VP, Marketing & International Business Development; Hitesh Desai – Director, Southern Africa Sales; Rob Irvin – Director, Bid Management & Product; Darren Bedford – Director, Africa Business Development; Jason Tutty – Director, Operations; Rebecca Kariuki – Pricing & Sale Support Manager; Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa-Sales: Hillary Tarus – Service Delivery Manager and Winnie Karisa – Marketing Assistant.

The WIOCC team is ready to listen and work with existing and potential customers and partner on their requirements for seamless, scalable connectivity to Africa, within Africa and from Africa to the rest of the world. WIOCC is uniquely focused on the needs of carriers and ISPs, establishing true two-way dialogue and tailoring the individual customer solutions that result in successful long-term relationships.” Mike Last VP, Marketing & International Business Development.

Meetings are being scheduled with existing and prospective customers. To arrange a meeting with the team, please contact winnie.karisa@wiocc.net


WIOCC at Capacity Africa in Dar es Salaam

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 winnie.karisa@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:


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.