WIOCC teams up with Laser Light in Africa

WIOCC teams up with Laser Light in Africa

Laser Light, the owner and operator of an emerging global optical platform and WIOCC, a major player in the deployment of carrier-scale, future-proofed network infrastructure into Africa, have signed a five-year US$129 million master services agreement.

As part of the terms, Laser Light will contract with WIOCC for capacity on terrestrial and subsea cables in and around Africa and for support services. In turn, WIOCC will use Laser Light for its global connectivity needs beyond its current network footprint and bring the Laser Light service portfolio to its African clients.

Formed in 2008 and operating exclusively as a wholesaler, WIOCC provides tailored, end-to-end solutions between 30 African countries and key financial and commercial centres around the world. WIOCC’s shareholder and partner networks interconnect over 1,000 locations across more than 30 African countries using more than 75,000 kilometres of terrestrial fibre-optic network and up to 200,000 kilometres of subsea systems.

Laser Light is currently deploying what it describes as its innovative, elastic all-optical network across all service domains – land, sea, and space – operating as a fully converged platform. Customers of the platform will be able to self-provision where, when, and how much data they need across continents, countries and the edge while only paying for the volume transported.

This does, however, appear to be one of the first uses – possibly the very first use – of Laser Light technology in a commercial context. The beginning of the Laser Light/WIOCC agreement follows hard on the heels of initial operations of the Laser Light networking platform. This is expected to begin at the end of 2023.

Africa is part of Laser Light’s Beta Program roll-out in partnership with Nokia announced in June. Exact deployment details will be announced in the coming months.

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