The West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) won the Best Pan-African Initiative Award at Africa Com 2012, for building an unrivalled, high-capacity network that seamlessly integrates more than 50,000km of African terrestrial fibre with 40,000km of international submarine cable – giving carriers diversity-rich, high-speed international connectivity to and from over 400 locations in 30 African countries.
The Best Pan-African Initiative Award recognises an initiative taken to improve telecoms services at a regional or continental level across Africa, and was presented to WIOCC CEO Chris Wood at the Africa Com 2012 awards dinner – which took place in Cape Town, South Africa, on November 14.
After receiving the award, WIOCC CEO Chris Wood commented: “This award recognises WIOCC’s unique achievement in bringing together the networks of our 14 African telco shareholders and selected partners, with strategic investments in submarine cables including EIG, WACS and EASSy – to create an unparalleled African network footprint and capability. It clearly demonstrates the power of working together in pursuit of a common goal, resulting in something far greater than the sum of its parts.”
As well as serving Africa’s coastal regions, WIOCC’s network is increasingly enabling businesses and individuals in landlocked countries – such as Botswana, Burundi, Lesotho, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe – to benefit from reliable and affordable international connectivity.
The Africa Com Awards celebrate and reward excellence in the African Telecommunications Market. 2012 is the 5th year of the Awards, which are a focal point of the AfricaCom conference and exhibition.
WIOCC has firmly established itself as Africa’s carriers’ carrier, providing international and African telcos and internet service providers with unrivalled high-speed, resilient and diverse capacity into, within and out of Africa.
Operating exclusively as a wholesaler, WIOCC offers carriers affordable, reliable connectivity to over 400 locations across 30 African countries – utilising more than 50,000km of terrestrial fibre and 40,000km of submarine fibre-optic cable. WIOCC’s international network reach currently extends to 100 cities in 29 countries in Europe and more than 700 cities in 70 countries globally.
Through strategic investments in three major international submarine cables into Africa – EASSy, EIG and WACS – WIOCC has created a unique, diversity-rich, high-capacity ‘ring’ around Africa, extending seamless regional and international services the length of Africa’s eastern, and western seaboards and into Europe and North Africa.