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

NOT competing for Enterprise business (shock!)

Business parks and shopping malls across South Africa are firmly on the commercial radar of small to mid-sized Internet Service Providers (ISPs), wireless ISPs (WISPs) and operators because most enterprises in these areas want reliable, cost-effective direct access to the global internet.

WIOCC, which created the Johannesburg Metro Fibre Internet Access (MFIA) network, has reconfirmed its wholesale approach and will not compete directly for this end-user business. Instead, WIOCC remains firmly focused on enabling such suppliers to target enterprise customers and prospects with ever-more competitive solutions.

WIOCC COO Ryan Sher explained: “As a committed wholesaler, WIOCC is dedicated to supporting its ISP and WISP customers in targeting this important channel. We are looking to work with more of these types of businesses, offering them the ability to develop competitive, easily-scalable, high-performance solutions for the enterprise market”.

WIOCC’s Johannesburg MFIA includes more than 40 PoPs (Points of Presence) and provides direct access, over a fully redundant network, to more than 2,000 business customers’ premises across 95 business parks and numerous shopping malls in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

A key factor for enterprises in their choice of connectivity provider is the level of uptime they can expect. Providers offering a solution that’s underpinned by WIOCC’s unique, diversity-rich, high-redundancy network – incorporating 55,000km of terrestrial fibre in Africa and more than 60,000km of submarine cable – are extremely well positioned to offer excellent service levels.

…and as WIOCC has invested in building its own extremely scalable, high-capacity domestic and international network, it is also able to offer ISPs, WISPs and operators very competitive prices for carrying traffic.

Owning the network makes it easy for WIOCC to deliver scalable and flexible solutions, which can be of great value, particularly to enterprise customers operating in dynamic markets and environments.

With its new Jo’burg Metro and extensive South African network, WIOCC is now offering partnership opportunities to South African ISPs, WISPs and operators looking to profit from the growing number of enterprises seeking cost-effective, high-quality internet connectivity.

Article published in partnership with Mybroadband

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“.

WIOCC’s Mike Last: one of ‘50 Strategists to Watch’

Leading industry magazine Global Telecoms Business has named Mike Last, WIOCC’s Chief Marketing Officer & VP, International Business Development, as one of their 50 Strategists to Watch in global telecommunications.

Published in the magazine’s 150th issue, the list identifies ‘… those strategists that have hit the headlines in 2016 due to mergers and acquisitions, IPOs or (for) their vision’.

Mike worked closely with CEO, Chris Wood, on WIOCC’s original strategy eight years ago,  and has continued to play a significant part in the maintenance and update of company strategy up to the present day. During this period his marketing expertise has also been influential in transforming WIOCC into an internationally recognised, multi-award-winning capacity and network services wholesaler, widely regarded as the #1 supplier of high-performance bandwidth solutions in Africa.

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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