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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...