First Future Wireless Technologies Forum of 2015 Tackles SA’s Broadband Rollout Objectives

July 3, 2015

First of three collaborative discussion events on July 15 brings together SA’s Internet providers, government, and the regulator to find ways to bring about the ambitious South Africa Connect broadband rollout goals. Read more…

Advice from WAPA on deploying networks in municipalities

January 12, 2015

Following a recent string of legal battles between municipalities and several telecommunications companies, most notably the judgement of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in favour of Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) over the Msunduzi municipality, a number of companies are beginning to build wireless networks on public (municipal) property, without the explicit permission of the municipality. Read more…

WAPA Predictions for 2015

January 7, 2015

January is upon us once more, with all its promise of new beginnings, change, and big aspirations. In December, the news is full of reviews and analysis of the year gone by, whereas January sees predictions for the coming year. While predictions are notoriously difficult, WAPA has focused on the trends impacting the wireless industry and predicts the following for 2015. Read more…

Spectrum Policy Key to Achieving Objectives of SA Connect

September 22, 2014

The Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) has released a draft Position Paper on Spectrum, and last week hosted the second Future Wireless Technologies Forum, as part of iWeek, at the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg. Both these initiatives are for the purpose of giving real-world examples and industry insight to the Regulator and to policymakers. This context will better enable the various government bodies to achieve their stated objectives. Read more…

WAPA Announces New Leadership

September 19, 2014

The Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 18 September 2014, at the iWeek Conference in Johannesburg.

WAPA’s primary objective is to promote the growth of the wireless industry by facilitating self-regulation, promoting best practices, and educating both members and the market about new wireless technologies and business models. Read more…

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 Stance on Incoming Cabinet & Neotel Acquisition

May 27, 2014

The Wireless Access Providers’ Association of South Africa (WAPA), with a membership nearing 200 entities, acts as a collective voice for the wireless industry and for independent wireless network operators. Read more…

WAPA launches Future Wireless Technologies Forum

April 24, 2014

The Regulator, ICASA, has engaged the Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) to assist in bringing stakeholders from the regulatory field and industry together to discuss new and innovative technologies, products, and services in the wireless space. Read more…

WAPA Partnerships Boost to Wireless Industry

March 4, 2014

The Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) is growing in numbers as an ever-wider circle of stakeholders join its membership ranks. WAPA currently has 185 members, an increase from 143 at this time last year, representing 28% year over year growth.

One of WAPA’s aims is to enable partnerships between members by providing context, in the form of industry best practices and resources, along with opportunities for business partnerships, such as Wi-Fi training webinars in collaboration with the Wireless Broadband Alliance. While WAPA has traditionally comprised largely wireless ISPs (WISPs), its mandate is to ensure the sustainability of the wireless industry as a whole by providing regulatory and business support to all entities playing in this space. Read more…

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