WAPA predicts the IT landscape in 2014

February 11, 2014

One of the key objectives of the Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) is to add value to WAPA membership by providing additional services in line with both the growth of the industry and its members’ needs. The WAPA executive committee, comprising volunteer industry professionals, is therefore constantly monitoring the South African and global landscape, in order to understand the market context and drivers. Read more…

WAPA Announces Collaboration with WBA

January 21, 2014

The Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) is pleased to announce a partnership with Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience. WAPA and WBA have established a cross-industry working group to facilitate communication and collaboration around open access carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks. 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…

WAPA Commends Minister for Planning but Warns of Need for “High Road” Approach

August 29, 2013

WAPA has commended the new Minister of Communications, Yunus Carrim, for tabling his plan of action to the portfolio committee, but has warned that more is needed to get South Africa back on the ‘high road’ of broadband access.

This high road requires that South Africa offer its citizens fast, affordable and quality broadband access to create a more competitive nation and directly fuel economic growth. The telecommunications industry itself needs to become more competitive, create jobs, transfer skills, increase rural broadband penetration and reduce the so-called ‘digital divide’ so that all citizens can participate fully in the benefits of a digital economy. Read more…

TVWS Trial launches in South Africa today

March 25, 2013

Trial brings cutting edge of innovation to SA to bridge the digital divide

Google, WAPA and partners are announcing the launch today of a TVWS trial involving ten schools in the Cape Town region.

Television White Spaces (TVWS) are vacant frequencies in the broadcast TV spectrum and have characteristics that are highly desirable for wireless communications, offering the potential to improve Internet connectivity where they are most needed – in the developing world. Read more…

The Cape Town TV White Spaces Trial

WAPA is participating with a number of partners in the operation of the Cape Town TV White Spaces Trial.

The following information is taken with permission from the TENET website. Please go here for updates on the trial. Read more…

WAPA calls on ICASA to implement lite-licensing in the local wireless access market

December 12, 2012

WAPA calls on the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to follow the example of other parts of the world by implementing lite-licensing in the local wireless access market. Lite-Licensing is currently being trialed and employed by progressive institutions as an alternative wireless spectrum management approach. A local lite-licensing regime would improve spectrum efficiency, provide opportunities for new entrants to the market, as well as provide structure and management in the open spectrum space. Read more…

Independent WISPs are integral to SA Telecoms Landscape

September 20, 2012

Independent wireless service providers are becoming an increasingly important part of South Africa’s telecoms landscape:

Currently 36% of all internet traffic is being delivered over wireless networks. By 2015, this figure will grow to 46%, with less than 10% of traffic delivered over cellular networks. Wi-Fi will soon surpass wired traffic. This is good news for South Africa, where much of the landscape is currently not serviced by large telecommunications operators and fixed line service providers. Independent wireless internet services are an important part of South Africa’s telecommunications industry, enabling countless schools, hospitals and community institutions currently not serviced by the large telcos to connect to the internet. Read more…

WAPA AGM & Committee 2013

September 13, 2012

The WAPA Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, 12 September, from 14h30 to 16h00, at Crystal Towers Hotel in Cape Town.

Attendance was high and the agenda included a progress report from chairperson Christopher Geerdts on the objectives for the year, positive feedback from treasurer Abraham van der Merwe on the state of our finances, as well as a regulatory update from Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions. Read more…

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