WIOCC: helping meet South Africa’s connectivity needs

Business Tech – Award-winning capacity wholesaler WIOCC is the leading supplier of international bandwidth for Africa and now carries almost half of all the traffic on EASSy.

Since its formation in 2008, WIOCC has played a key role in South Africa’s emergence as an international hub for traffic to and from the southern half of the continent, bringing significant amounts of traffic into the country from Europe and Asia, from Africa’s eastern seaboard, and from landlocked countries such as Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In this period the market has changed 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 seamless protection and support for the more complex network solutions they are increasingly delivering – which WIOCC is helping them with.

As the market has developed WIOCC has grown its presence in South Africa, setting up its WIOCC South Africa operating company in 2012 to serve the needs of its expanding customer base in the southern Africa region.

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WIOCC creates Africa’s largest metropolitan area network
In 2016 WIOCC created the Johannesburg metropolitan area network (MAN), which is due to go live by the end of September.The Johannesburg MAN will give carriers and ISPs easy access direct to their customers’ doorsteps and 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.To support customers with their diversity requirements, WIOCC invests in all the major cable systems serving South Africa and continues to expand a diversely-routed terrestrial network that interconnects key cities and provides East-West coast diversity.