WIOCC Plans Johannesbug Metro Buildout

August 24th, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

There's a new metro buildout in the works over in South Africa, according to Capacity.  WIOCC has big plans for the Johanneburg metro area, and intends to build out metro access to some 40+ PoPs there. 

ScreenHunter_54 Aug. 24 07.50WIOCC is a consortium owned by some 14 of sub-Saharan African telecommunications operators.  It is the biggest shareholder in the the EASSy cable system, and has a piece of EIG and WACS as well.  On land, it acts as the wholesale glue between the various member telco's, providing wholesale access across a swath the continent from Somalia south around Cape of Good Hope to Angola.  But a metro network in Johannesburg seems like a new direction for the company, and one wonders what other metro areas in the region might be next on the menu.

That being said, it doesn't appear they are going to be digging up the streets all over the city.  WIOCC will be buying dark fiber from Dark Fibre Africa to make things happen, at least initially.  And they'll be sticking to the wholesale side of things, keeping out of their owners' enterprise backyards.

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