The WIOCC Group, Africa’s leading provider of converged open access digital infrastructure, and EXA Infrastructure, the largest dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe and North America, have announced the signing of a new deal.
This deal for capacity - which was finalised during the Africa Tech Festival show in Cape Town - will see the two connectivity giants establish a new terrestrial transport route, interconnecting Africa and Europe.
Improving connectivity infrastructure across Africa
Africa has around 570 million internet users, and the demand for content is rising rapidly. Already, WIOCC has been a key catalyst for internet growth in Africa, investing over $500mn in the creation of open access, hyperscale digital infrastructure.
WIOCC will be utilising this new gateway to support its growth, and affirm its reputation as one of Africa’s leading wholesale carriers.
“Our expanded partnership with EXA Infrastructure enables us to harness EXA’s robust transport routes to Europe through Portugal on a high-capacity network. WIOCC is continually investing to strengthen Africa’s global connectivity, expand open access digital footprint and ICT capabilities, and thereby extend Africa’s influence and capabilities,” commented Chris Wood, WIOCC Group Chief Executive.
“Africa’s internet economy is growing fast, the mobile-first continent unites almost 1.4 billion people and connectivity is fundamental to Africa’s digital transformation. We are pleased to have secured this partnership and transport route with EXA.”
“WIOCC has been a pioneer in connecting Africa to the world, and we are delighted to be chosen to support them in Europe as they continue to scale to support the demands of their clients,” added Nicholas Collins, EXA Infrastructure’s Chief Commercial Officer.
“The African connectivity landscape is rapidly changing with the growing demand for internet traffic and bandwidth. Reliable digital infrastructure is pivotal to improve the quality of people’s lives and drive business growth across the continent.”