WIOCC and EXA infrastructure team up to accelerate digital transformation across Africa
21 November 2022
EXA Infrastructure, the largest digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe & North America, and WIOCC Group, Africa’s leading provider of converged open-access digital infrastructure, have signed a deal to diversify Europe-to-Africa connectivity.
The deal will develop a new terrestrial transport route interconnecting Africa and Europe.
It comes hot on the heels of EXA’s recent announcement that it is investing in a new terrestrial transport route to Lisbon and Sines in Portugal, connecting the Iberian peninsula to EXA’s European network.
WIOCC will be utilising this new gateway to support its growth as the wholesale carrier of choice across the African continent.
“Our expanded partnership with EXA Infrastructure enables us to harness EXA’s robust transport routes to Europe through Portugal on a high-capacity network,” said WIOCC Group Chief Executive Chris Wood.
“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.
“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.”
Africa has around 570 million internet users in 2022 with social media, online shopping and fintech growing in popularity and rising internet penetration, according to Statista.
The demand for content both within and outside of Africa is growing and WIOCC has been a key catalyst for internet growth in Africa, investing over $500 million in creating open-access, hyper-scale digital infrastructure.
“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.
“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,” said EXA Infrastructure Chief Commercial Officer Nicholas Collins.
“EXA will continue to expand our network in line with customer demand to ensure we are the most compelling choice for our customers who are looking for fast, secure and scalable infrastructure,” said Collins.