Future Wireless Technology Forum – 1

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About the event

WAPA engaged with the South African regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), to assist in bringing stakeholders from the regulatory field and industry together in order to discuss new and innovative technologies, products, and services in the wireless space.

This was a first in South Africa, allowing stakeholders in both the business and regulatory communities to come together to discuss topics relevant to both, such as spectrum and power output regulations, and solutions that can be brought to market through collaboration and by allowing industry to provide real-world feedback and examples to the regulator.

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.

 

FWTF I: mm Wave Spectrum

WAPA hosted the first Future Wireless Technologies Forum conference on 29 May 2014, in Johannesburg.

The first conference of the Future Wireless Technologies Forum held in May 2014 focused on technology solutions and related business opportunities in the millimetre wave (mmW) band, with focus on V-Band (60 GHz) and E-Band (70 & 80 GHz). Future discussions will involve emerging technologies such as sensing and white spaces, as well as LTE developments.

Details of the event

Date: Thursday, 29 May 2014

  • Welcome: William Stucke, ICASA Councillor
  • Introduction: Jens Langenhorst, WAPA Spectrum champion
  • Technology presentations by various vendors and operators:
    1. Worldwide regulations for 60GHz: Darko Beverin (TAGSA)
    2. License exempt and light license schemes: Simon Yomtov (Ceragon)
    3. E-Band recommendation: Francois Fourie (Comsol)
    4. Optical Wireless Broadband: Wietz Joubert (Redline)
    5. E-band: A technical overview: Graham Beneke (Multisource)
    6. mmWave Regulatory Considerations – a local vendor’s perspective: Geoff Carey (MimoTech)
    7. Wireless Rapid Deployment of Gbit links: Greg Lock (IS)
    8. Carrier view of mmWave-band use: Angus Hay (Neotel)
  • Panel discussion: Dominic Cull (Ellipsis), William Stucke (ICASA), Ronnie Seeber (ICASA), Linden Petzer (DoC), Mortimer Hope (Vodacom), Greg Lock (FTTH)
  • Closing: Mohammad Patel (WAPA)

Sponsors

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Neotel

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Neotel is South Africa’s first converged communications network operator, offering services that bring together voice, data and Internet, delivered via optical fibre or wireless access. Our services are delivered via our own independent national network.

Neotel provides a range of value-added services for business, wholesale network operators, network providers and consumers respectively. From a basic telephone handset at home to the data centres that have become the epicentres of local and international business – Neotel is an innovative disrupter in the South African telecommunications space.

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Miro Distribution

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Miro has the experience and a proven track record of supplying powerful, flexible and scalable solutions to our client’s communication requirements.

Miro positioned itself as a responsible supplier to the growing IP convergence industries with expert skills in Wireless Networking, IP Video and Voice over IP. Miro focuses on supplying only best-of-breed products, providing strong after-sales service and technical support. Miro is actively involved in the legalisation and self-regulation of the industries that we serve. Miro is the market leader in South Africa with regards to local Type Approvals on our equipment, to ensure that the industry has access to a steady supply of legal products. Miro is a member of the Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA).

We provide vendor-approved training that focuses on areas such as Wireless technologies, MikroTik training and Voice over IP (VoIP).

Internet Solutions

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Internet Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dimension Data, and is Southern Africa’s most established and experienced Internet Service Provider. Since 1993 Internet Solutions has been providing innovative end-to-end connectivity solutions and related services across the African continent and today has operations in South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana. Today IS is a provider of Internet Protocol-based solutions and services in the African market and for African clients into the global market. The company IS provides services to large public and private sector organisations, medium sized organisations, and through its value channel program to smaller organisations and consumers.

Comsol

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Comsol specialises in offering the full spectrum of wireless connectivity solutions for companies of all sizes, across all sectors throughout Africa.

Comsol is a 15 year old business which started when wireless was an extremely grey technology medium and has been involved in pioneering new wireless products and developments within the African telecoms landscape. From delivering one of the first commercial 100Mbps FSO links in the 90’s to offering 10Gbps hybrid products that can offer true fibre like capacity and availability in the present, Comsol has had a big hand in how wireless is currently used on the African continent.

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Transtech Africa Global

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Coral-i Solutions

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Letaba Wireless Networks

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Capricom Wireless Networks

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Azotel

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Presenters & Panelists

William Stucke – ICASA Councillor

William StuckeWilliam Stucke is a Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, ICASA. He was born in Kimberley, South Africa, and educated in RSA, Malaysia and the UK. He worked in London in the telecommunications industry before returning to South Africa in 1984.

He programmed his first computer in 1972, built his first underground fibre-optic and “leaky feeder” wireless networks in 1987. Started an ISP, ZAnet, in 1996, and became a pioneer in South African ICT.
Education: B.Sc. (Hons) Engineering from Thames, London, 1983. He completed a Government Certificate of Competency as an Electrical Engineer (Mines) 1985. MDP (UNISA) completed 1988.

He is a founding member and past Chairman of ISOC-ZA and AfrISPA, as well as past ManCom member and Treasurer of ISPA.

William is a committed agitator for telecommunications reform in Africa, and has written and presented a number of papers on the Internet industry, peering, deregulation and legislation, and has played an active role in the Telecommunications Symposium, E-commerce Debate and the Convergence Bill processes, which lead to the Telecommunications Amendment Act (2001), the ECT Act (2002), and the ECA (2005), respectively.

Currently, he’s making waves in Local Loop Unbundling, Spectrum Fees and Digital TV Migration spectrum coordination at ICASA.

Jens Langenhorst – WAPA Spectrum champion

Jens Langenhorst

Darko Beverin – TAGSA
Simon Yomtov – Ceragon
Francois Fourie – Comsol
Wietz Joubert – Redline
Graham Beneke – Multisource
Geoff Carey – MimoTech
Greg Lock – Internet Solutions and FTTH Council
Angus Hay – Neotel

Angus HayDr Angus Hay, PrEng, CEng, MIET, MIEEE, FSAIEE, was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has a BSc(Eng)Elec (1987) and a PhD in digital transmission (1998) from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Dr Hay joined Neotel at its inception in 2006 as employee number two, heading Strategy. He later became Chief Technology Officer, and is today responsible for Managed Services and Voice products. He was previously Chief Technology Officer of Transtel, the former telecommunications division of Transnet Ltd. He is a Director of the Number Portability Company (NPC), and was Chair of the Management Committee of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) in 2012.

Dr Hay was President of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) in 2010, and has served on the Council of the Institute for 8 years. He is a Fellow of the SAIEE, was chairman of its Electronics and Software committee in 2005, and received the Institute’s annual Young Achiever award 1999. As a postgraduate student in the early 1990s, he took part in the establishment of the Internet between academic institutions in South Africa.

Ronnie Seeber – ICASA
Linden Petzer – DoC

Linden PetzerLinden Petzer has more than30 years experience in radio frequency spectrum management and regulatory affairs in the electronic communications/ICT sector.

Linden started his career in the broadcasting and telecommunications sector with the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

In 1994 he joined the newly established Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) where he was responsible for the establishment of technical standards, monitoring and broadcast spectrum management in South Africa.

In 1998 he left the IBA to establish an independent consultancy in spectrum management and regulatory affairs.

He has undertaken numerous missions on behalf of the Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union to assist Ministries and Regulators in Africa to develop appropriate telecommunication policies and plans.

He has been a consultant to 2 international satellite companies on spectrum, regulatory and licensing issues in South Africa, and the African Continent.

In 2008 he joined the Department of Communications as Chief Director: Radio and Satellite Communication where he is responsible for the enhancement of ICT infrastructure development in South Africa through the effective deployment of radio and satellite-based technologies.

Linden is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa as a Professional Technologist (Engineering). He is a member of South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, and is a member of the South African Institute of Directors.

Mortimer Hope – Vodacom

Mortimer Hope Mortimer Hope is the Executive Head of Technical Regulation at Vodacom South Africa, where his responsibilities include Spectrum Strategy and Management. He is part of the team that helped Vodacom to develop a transmission self-build strategy, based on fibre and microwave links, to reduce dependence on the incumbent fixed line operator.

Obtaining access to sufficient microwave spectrum in various bands, at affordable prices, is one of his achievements at Vodacom. His advocacy work on the need for a revised spectrum fee regulation and level playing field resulted in the current Spectrum Fees regulation of 2010, which is based on Administrative Incentive Pricing.

Mortimer is also the Chairman of GSMA Africa Regional Interest Group (RIG) and Deputy Chairman of the GSMA Africa Chief Regulatory Officers’ Group (CROG). In these continental roles he helps to shape the priorities and positions of the GSMA on many important public policy issues such as identifying spectrum for mobile broadband, regulation of international mobile roaming and reduction of taxes that are specific to the mobile industry.

Before Vodacom Mortimer spent almost six years at the communication regulator Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in various engineering management positions including Senior Manager Frequency Spectrum, Type Approval and Licensing and in the Central Radio Monitoring team. He initiated the MoU between ICASA and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in the field of telecommunication standards and was the first chair of the resulting Technical Committee SABS/ICASA TC80.

A major achievement at ICASA was the reduction of the processing time for radio frequency spectrum and type approval licence applications from eight months to two weeks on average. Mortimer contributed to the introduction of additional competition by identifying and licensing the previously unused 1800 MHz centre gap to WBS for the iBurst system.

Mortimer previously held various engineering positions in the telecommunications, broadcasting and railway signalling fields.

Mortimer has a Master of Science Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Moscow Technical University of Telecommunications and Information Technology, a MBA from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science and completed an Advanced Executive Programme at the UNISA School of Business Leadership. He is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and a Member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IODSA).

Presentations

Useful Files

Press

TechCentral: Icasa eyes new spectrum bands
ITWeb: ICASA considers new spectrum, licensing
htxt.africa: SA no closer to Extremely High Frequency spectrum for broadband
Business Tech: Icasa shrugs off EHF spectrum licencing reports
ITWeb: Industry still pushing for spectrum