WAPA predicts the IT landscape in 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 a growing Force in South Africa’s Broadband Industry…

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…

Independent WISPs are integral to SA Telecoms Landscape

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…