Meeting the capacity demand challenge

“Eight years ago, a typical client requirement was for 155 Megabits per second; today, 100 Gigabits per second is not unusual”, says Chris Wood, CEO of leading capacity wholesaler WIOCC.

Increasing adoption of, and reliance upon, bandwidth-intensive applications by enterprise and domestic clients is driving capacity demand amongst operators – particularly those serving the banking and trading communities – content providers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Wireless ISPs (WISPs), typically starting at 10Gbps, up to 100Gbps and beyond.

As well as delivery of the bandwidth itself, network latency, reliability and cost are all critical in the provision of connectivity. Achieving the required network scale, quality and reach demands a significant and sustained programme of investment in metropolitan, national and international infrastructure. For example, capacity wholesaler WIOCC has invested over US$300million in its unique network footprint, which is scaled to meet the ongoing capacity needs of even the most demanding of wholesale clients. The network comprises more than 55,000km of African terrestrial fibre linked seamlessly with capacity on multiple submarine cable systems, providing access to much of sub-Saharan African, including the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Tailored service offerings for Africa

Addressing connectivity requirements in Africa can be complex, typically requiring interaction with multiple service providers. A simpler solution is to use an expert Africa supplier with the expertise and relationships to deliver end-to-end managed connectivity solutions – a single point of contact, one contract and one bill.

WIOCC is such an organization: a leading African carriers’ carrier focused on implementing tailored solutions for its wholesale client base. It is playing a key role in the arrival of international carriers, ISPs and over-the-top players into African markets, with these arrivals triggering a significant migration of content, principally from Europe to Africa, to improve service performance for consumers in Africa. With this has come the need for more localised services such as IP Transit, which provides ISPs with connectivity to global internet content.

WIOCC is also increasingly supporting client migration from legacy SDH networks to new-generation, high-capacity, low-delay Layer-0 Optical Transport Network (OTN) technologies and pure Ethernet at the Metro level, enabling seamless integration of international connectivity with extensive local presence.

Johannesburg/Pretoria Metro

With its 40-PoP Johannesburg/Pretoria Metro, extensive South African network and strategic investments in international submarine cables, WIOCC enables ISPs, WISPs and operators to address the needs of enterprise clients in Jo’burg and Pretoria seeking cost-effective, high-quality internet and point-to-point connectivity.

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WIOCC Johannesburg/Pretoria metro diagram

Epsilon and WIOCC Partner to Deliver On-Demand Connectivity from Africa to the Rest of the World

Epsilon, a privately owned global communications service provider, has partnered with Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC to deploy its Infiny by Epsilon on-demand connectivity platform. The partnership provides WIOCC with on-demand connectivity to major global financial and communications hubs. WIOCC customers are able to access to Epsilon’s 90+ PoPs globally and direct connectivity to world-leading Cloud and Internet Exchange providers. It is the first deployment of Infiny by Epsilon in southern Africa.

The partnership supports the growing adoption of Cloud-based applications and services across the continent. It enables African service providers to seamlessly connect from South Africa to global communications hubs and peering points.

Jerzy Szlosarek, CEO Epsilon

“WIOCC is a unique organisation and we are proud to be supporting it as it delivers on-demand connectivity across Africa. Its customers and end users will benefit from faster access to content and the Cloud as well as optimised application performance,” said Jerzy Szlosarek, CEO at Epsilon. “We are serving truly global demand for on-demand connectivity. Our Global Interconnect Fabric has been developed over the last 15 years to provide consistent Quality of Service and Experience no matter where our partners are located.

”Jointly owned by 14 major African telecoms operators, WIOCC’s shareholder and partner networks interconnect over 500 locations across more than 30 African countries using a 55,000km terrestrial fibre-optic network. WIOCC connects its customers to key financial and commercial centres in Africa and around the world.

Chris Wood, CEO WIOCC

“Partnering with Epsilon further expands our capabilities and provides our customers with rapid and flexible access to global hubs. Epsilon’s Infiny platform makes it simple to connect and grow our presence globally and improves our customers’ ability to quickly roll out new applications and services,” said Chris Wood, CEO at WIOCC. “The African market wants network services that can support the Cloud, matching the speed and accessibility of other ICT solutions. Infiny helps us to deliver Cloud-centric networking to our African customers.”

The Infiny platform enables partners to rapidly provision a suite of on-demand connectivity services via a web-based portal, APIs and iOS or Android mobile apps. It makes procuring and managing global connectivity simple with 24/7 access to services via its intuitive web portal or APIs.

Infiny by Epsilon users can choose from a range of services from port-to-port, port-to-Cloud, port-to-Internet Exchange, SIP Trunking and Inbound services, last mile DIA and SD-WAN services. It is supported with bespoke intelligent networking technology that enables it to offer guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) and Experience (QoE), end-to-end and around the world.

For more information about Epsilon, please visit: www.epsilontel.com

For more information about WIOCC, please contact info@wiocc.net  or visit: www.wiocc.net

WIOCC CEO Chris Wood: one of the 100 most powerful people in global telecoms

For the seventh consecutive year, Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has been named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

Inspirational leadership

Named within the Subsea & Data Centres section of this year’s GTB Power 100, Chris was acclaimed for his inspirational leadership, for his commitment to making an enduring contribution to African communications, and for being central to the transformation of Africa’s connectivity landscape – helping drive demand for network/service improvement initiatives that are bringing the benefits of the internet to an ever-greater number of people in ever-more countries.

Chris has led WIOCC since its formation in 2008, swiftly building it into the leading supplier of seamless, end-to-end managed service solutions into, out of and within Africa. He continues to invest in enhancing the reach, quality and diversity of WIOCC’s unique network, which currently offers customers seamless direct connectivity to over 550 locations across 30 African countries, and many more countries globally, through 55,000km of terrestrial fibre and more than 60,000km of submarine cable.

Chris also co-Chairs the EASSy Management Committee and is a leader in the submarine cable system’s deployment, extension and incremental capacity upgrades.

 The 2017 GTB Power 100 –https://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/article/b14xj0qzzyc34x/gtb-announces-power100-for-2017 – 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.

 

WIOCC’s support for Kenya Wildlife Service – Lion conservation in Kenya

Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC is extending its support to African lions by donating 500,000 Kenyan Shillings-worth (equivalent to $4,860 US Dollars) of much-needed drugs and consumables to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). These are for use in veterinary interventions, including the safe immobilisation of lions prior to medical examinations or surgical procedures, or when lions require relocation back to areas of safety.

For many years, African wildlife has been dear to the heart of Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, which has its main office in Nairobi, Kenya.

After the sad killing of Mohawk – a majestic, 13-year-old lion with a distinctive black mane that strayed away from the Nairobi National Park in late March 2016 and was shot dead before a suitably-equipped veterinary team could reach him – Chris began raising funds for the KWS through multiple activities and initiatives, starting at a global telecommunications industry event in Chicago that May.

Mr Wood explains: “Following this initial support, I wanted to see how WIOCC could partner with KWS moving forward. Out of this came the donation of additional anaesthetic drugs and medical consumables for use by veterinarians during wildlife rescues. The hope is that this will help prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future”.

In a joint statement, Dr Isaac Lekolool, Senior Veterinary Officer at KWS, and Idza Dzilla, from the KWS Resource Mobilization Office, explained the difference this partnership with WIOCC will make: “Lions are beautiful but vulnerable animals and we are committed to helping protect and conserve them. The anesthetic drugs that WIOCC has so generously donated will help us carry out vital veterinary procedures on these wonderful and endangered animals“.

Q&A with Bill Boyle of Capacity Media : Chris Wood, CEO, WIOCC

Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC speaks to Capacity Media about demand challenges, point-to-point bandwidth and how it has created Africa’s largest metropolitan area network (MAN).

What are the main challenges of operating in the African market and hoChris Woodw are you looking to tackle those challenges?
As Africa’s carriers’ carrier, WIOCC now transports almost half of all the traffic on the EASSy submarine cable and is the leading supplier of wholesale bandwidth for Africa. We see our main challenge as keeping ahead of the demand. Our market is evolving considerably in terms of what carriers and ISPs want: from pure point-to-point bandwidth in the early days; to point-to-point bandwidth with partial redundancy;and now they are increasingly looking for seamless protection and support for the more complex network solutions they are delivering for their customers into multiple countries in the region.

We have to stay relevant to our customers by providing the advanced connectivity solutions that this dynamic market demands. To do this WIOCC continues to invest in building its highly scalable and cost-effective core infrastructure, technology and human capital, as well as enhancing and extending its network and service capabilities.

What have been the highlights and key developments for your company in the region in the past year?
WIOCC continues to develop its seamless, end-to-end managed services capabilities to meet the evolving demands of Africa’s wholesale markets. The main highlight this year has been the creation of Africa’s largest metropolitan area network (MAN) in Johannesburg, S. Africa, which comprises three core PoPs and over 39 aggregation and customer-provided PoPs. Additional infrastructure investments that will further extend WIOCC’s national coverage are in the pipeline. The Johannesburg MAN offers carriers the opportunity to connect directly to hundreds of customer locations across the business districts of Johannesburg and Pretoria over WIOCC’s network and is expected to go live by the end of October.

Earlier in the year, WIOCC gave its customers enhanced access to the global internet, while also enhancing WIOCC’s network connectivity redundancy, by establishing new remote peering internet exchange points in Virginia, New York, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

What are your strategic priorities as well as expansion plans for the region in 2017?
WIOCC’s mission is to make an enduring contribution to communications in Africa. Our focus moving forward is very much on continuing to invest in growing and extending our network and capabilities to help customers overcome complex connectivity challenges in Africa via seamless, end-to-end, managed connectivity solutions into, within and out of the continent.

What major trends do you see occurring in the African market this year and how do you plan to capitalise on those?
In the wholesale market, WIOCC expects to see continued demand for seamless connectivity to the internet in Europe (much of it protected via delivery on multiple cable systems), as well as growth in the provision of high-quality local IP Transit services.

In specific markets, the ability to cost-effectively terminate traffic directly to customer premises will become increasingly significant as a differentiator, as will the ability to meet customers’ demands for increasingly tailored, complex solutions. These are both areas in which WIOCC is continuing to invest.

What does your organisation hope to achieve by attending Capacity Africa 2016?
Capacity Africa is without doubt the leading event for the African wholesale telecoms industry, attracting very strong attendance from African and international carriers. We see Capacity Africa as a great environment for doing business, showcasing our capabilities and networking with existing and potential partners.

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