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10 January 2013
| Guy Matthews
Can terrestrial developments in Africa start to match its abundance of subsea capacity? Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC, is hopeful.
The WIOCC consortium is best known around the world as the
builder of the EASSy submarine cable, in capacity terms the
largest system serving Africa's east coast.
Under the leadership of CEO Chris Wood, WIOCC has been quietly
chalking up new landmarks, further transforming the continent's
connectivity. The consortium's network footprint includes
40,000km of submarine fibre-optic cable, and its shareholders
between them also now operate more than 50,000km of terrestrial
WIOCC's reach now extends into many landlocked African
economies, including Burundi, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda
and Zimbabwe, cementing its claim to be Africa's foremost
purveyor of affordable, high-speed wholesale connectivity, both
within the continent and looking well beyond. There is however
plenty more work to be done, believes Wood.
"Three or four years ago there was practically no connectivity
along Africa's east coast, but that all changed in 2009 and
2010 with the advent of several...
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