Martin Mutiiria speaks at Zimbabwe’s Broadband Economy Forum 2017

Today, 20th July 2017, Martin Mutiiria – WIOCC’s Director, Sales – Africa will represent WIOCC at Zimbabwe’s 4th edition of Broadband Economy Forum being held in Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Martin will share his expertise during his speaking slot titled ‘What A Broadband Driven Economy in Today’s Africa Looks Like’ between 09.00am and 09.30am. Thereafter, Mr. Mutiiria will be joined by  Joseph Machiva – Divisional Director of Retail, TelOne, Clever Isaya – COO, NetOne,  Fayaz King – COO, Econet Wireless, Wellington Makamure – CEO, Liquid Telecom, Winfred Musengeya – Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Telecel Zimbabwe and Nhena Nyagura – CEO, Dandemutande to discuss questions that businesses have particularly regarding collaboration with the telecoms sector.

The Broadband Economy Conference places top business leaders from the full diversity of industries in one room to discuss one thing: how to utilise technology right now to grow their businesses. It will be a day of presentation, discussion and networking with local and regional decision makers in the broadband industry.

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James Wekesa speaks at Zimbabwe’s Broadband Forum 2013

James Wekesa, WIOCC CCO

Today, 10th May 2013, James Wekesa – WIOCC’s CCO and Martin Mutiiria – Director, Africa Sales will represent WIOCC at Zimbabwe’s first Broadband Forum being held in Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Mr. Wekesa will be among the six speakers tackling a variety of internet-related topics at the event. He will offer his expertise during his speaking slot titled ‘Opportunities availed by increased bandwidth capacity on the continent’ between 11:15 and 11:45am.

During his presentation session, James will review the commercial opportunities created by increased bandwidth capacity on the African continent and in Zimbabwe.

This first Broadband Forum aims to unlock the value locally in mass uptake of broadband internet access, providing a platform to unbox opportunities, track progress, zero in on the challenges and explore solutions on all broadband issues. It will be a day of presentation, discussion and networking with local and regional decision makers in the broadband industry.

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Chris Wood interviewed in Capacity magazine

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO

The chief executive of WIOCC, Africa’s self-styled “carrier’s carrier”, has ruled out any push into the retail market as the provider prepares a new two-pronged expansion drive across the continent.

Speaking exclusively to Capacity magazine, Chris Wood said: “We’ve got no aspirations or desire to move into the retail space; we’re purely in the wholesale space and aim to stay there as we are doing it extremely effectively.”

Instead, Wood will target terrestrial partnerships in the west and connectivity upgrades in the south and east. Spurred by the significant amount of capacity it owns on the recently launched West Africa Cable System (WACS), WIOCC is looking to broaden its predominantly eastern focussed grid of terrestrial fibre networks through partnerships with operators on the west coast. The group is also rolling out its own western terrestrial networks through a number of suppliers.

Elsewhere WIOCC is looking to expand connectivity from the EASSy cable, on which it owns a 30% stake, inland and is now doing business in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Lesotho. The company is also working on opportunities in Swaziland, one of the few markets on Africa’s south eastern coast that has so far proven elusive for the company.

“In the next two to three years we are looking to consolidate our position as the leading African carrier’s carrier, add connectivity in west Africa and increase connectivity in eastern and southern Africa,” Wood added.

To cope with increasing bandwidth demand the EASSy cable is likely to be upgraded by as much as a terabit in the next 12 to 18 months, according to Wood. The upgrade would be the second in the cable’s recently history, with 160Gbps of capacity added in January 2012.

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BPO – the birth of a new industry for Africa

Intense competition in India’s business process outsourcing (BPO) industry has encouraged technology firm Spanco Ltd. to expand to Africa where it expects to earn nearly half of its profits within two years.

Pravin Kumar, chief executive officer of Spanco BPO Services reported earlier this year that his company sees Africa as a solid opportunity for the company due to its proximity and almost similar time difference to the firm’s major source markets — Europe and the United States — compared with India.

“By 2013, we see our BPO business in Africa generating a turnover of about US$ 100 million. This year we will do about US$ 40 million,” said Kumar. “In two years’ time at least 40% of our profits will come from here (Africa) purely in the BPO business.”

It’s yet another marker of the economic development now enabled by the availability of low-cost and reliable, high-speed internet access and improved international voice and data services between eastern and southern Africa and the world’s key commercial and financial centres.

Africa has long possessed the key requirements to become a major player in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector – a large pool of English language speakers, growing numbers of graduates, good basic infrastructure, encouraging governments.  The missing piece of the puzzle has, until now, been affordable and dependable international bandwidth.

In the past year, since the launch of the EASSy network, BPO has gained increasing focus in sub-Saharan Africa.  In January, the South African Department of Trade and Industry introduced incentive schemes by which it hopes to increase the number of BPO jobs to 40,000 by 2015 – making the industry a key socio and economic driver for the country.

Zimbabwe, which is estimated to have the continent’s highest literacy rate and most articulate English speakers, is keen to leverage its existing strengths and take advantage of the new technologies available to the country. The Ugandan government also launched a BPO program in Uganda at the start of 2011, allocating resources to train up to 3,000 graduates in BPO studies through the National Information & Technology Authority. Initially two call centres were to be set up in Kampala, with an expansion of jobs to 7,000 by the end of 2012.

And the Kenyan Ministry of Information and Communications has stated that the introduction of fibre-optic cables such as EASSy have ‘astronomically improved the quality, affordability and availability of broadband’ and are one of the factors behind the growth of the BPO industry in the country – “a new, but rapidly growing economic sector, with unprecedented government support, bursting with talent, innovation and entrepreneurship, driven by IT-enabled services that are transforming businesses and lives nationally and internationally”.

TelOne’s latest fibre build starts this week

Zimbabwe map

In Zimbabwe, the installation of the fibre-optic cable connecting Harare to Beitbridge (on the S. African border) via Bulawayo, which was due to start early this year is to commence this week.

WIOCC shareholder, TelOne’s, Managing Director Mr Hampton Mhlanga said the project was delayed because the Chinese contractors had problems in meeting immigration requirements. “We were having problems acquiring visa and work permits for the Chinese contractors. That has slowed down progress in the project we had earmarked for completion at the end of the year,” he said. He added that work on the project was scheduled to start on May 8.

In the 2011 National Budget, Government allocated US$15 million for the Harare-Bulawayo-Beitbridge and Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge fibre-optic project which covers a total distance of about 1,340km. Mr Mhlanga said TelOne was also upgrading existing backbone infrastructure for the Harare-Kariba link.

TelOne has already completed installation of the Harare to Mozambique fibre-optic cable. Before this was laid, Zimbabwe had been using the Mazowe earth satellite link, which is expensive and has limited capacity. Once complete, the fibre-optic links will enable faster Internet and telephone connection, transmission of data as well as multimedia facilities.

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More African telcos invest in WIOCC

Two leading African telcos have chosen to invest in WIOCC – the largest shareholder in EASSy, bringing to 14 the number of African telco shareholders in the company.

TelOne Zimbabwe and Libyan Post, Telecom and Information Technology Company (LPTIC) join Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Dalkom Somalia, Djibouti Telecom, Gilat Satcom Nigeria Ltd., the Government of Seychelles, the Lesotho Telecommunications Authority, ONATEL Burundi, Telkom Kenya Ltd., TDM Mozambique, U-COM Burundi, Uganda Telecom Ltd. and Zantel Tanzania. 

Both new investors are actively engaged in rolling out fibre-optic networks in their respective countries, giving WIOCC the opportunitiy to further extend its reach across Africa. 

More details will be released shortly or contact for further information.