Second Future Wireless Technologies Forum at iWeek 2014

September 11, 2014

Following the success of the first Future Wireless Technologies Forum (FWTF), held in Johannesburg earlier this year, and support for more discussions of this nature, WAPA will be hosting the second forum at iWeek annual Internet industry conference.

The Future Wireless Technologies Forum is a series of collaborative discussions hosted by WAPA, the purpose of which is to explore trends, best practices, and opportunities for new wireless technologies and solutions in the context of the regulatory framework of South Africa. The ultimate outcome of the Future Wireless Technologies Forum is to create motivation and momentum within ICASA, to enable spectrum regulations that will lead to the overall growth of the industry. Read more…

Insights from WAPA Future Wireless Technologies Forum

June 2, 2014

The first Future Wireless Technologies Forum, held on May 29th, brought together service providers, equipment manufacturers, and stakeholders from government and the Regulator to better understand the possibilities, challenges, and commercial implications of wireless technologies. Read more…

WAPA a growing Force in South Africa’s Broadband Industry…

September 16, 2013

The Wireless Access Provider’s Association (WAPA) last week announced a 25% increase in its membership for the year ended. “The increase in our membership to 164 dynamic wireless operators demonstrates that we are a growing force in South Africa’s broadband industry,” says Christopher Geerdts, WAPA’s outgoing chairman. “However, in going forward, members will definitely need more quality spectrum to be able to provide continuously affordable and quality broadband.” Read more…

WAPA AGM 2013 & New Committee

September 13, 2013

The WAPA Annual General Meeting was held this week on Wednesday, 11 September 2013, at the iWeek Conference in Johannesburg.

The event was an opportunity for members to meet the executive committee and network with their peers in training and team-building sessions. Wednesday was the wireless-specific day and with the topic “Alternative last-mile strategies,” saw over 50 members in attendance. Project manager Arno Hart reported on the success of the Cape Town TVWS Trial, of which WAPA is a partner. Read more…

Licence Compliance enforced by ICASA

July 25, 2011

ICASA are now implementing enforcement for all licensees, in respect of both reporting requirements and other ad hoc requirements such as notifications of change of shareholders or contacts.

WAPA’s regulatory advisor, Dominic Cull from Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions, recently met with the new head of the compliance division at ICASA, Godfree Maulana, to discuss some of the challenges facing licensees in compliance matters.

ICASA feels that current levels of compliance are lacking and are intent on cleaning up the licence database. WAPA is calling on its members to comply with the reporting requirements or the ad hoc requirements and will send out advisories in this regard.

There will be a workshop on Licence Compliance presented at the WAPA General Meeting to be held at iWeek 2011. Ellipsis will run members through the Compliance Manual Regulations and the various annual reporting requirements set out therein, including the financial reports and payment of fees, compliance with the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter, and confirmation under the Standard Terms and Conditions.

If you are a WAPA member, sign up here to register for the WAPA General Meeting, to be held on Wed, 21 September, 14:30 – 16:00 in Centurion.