WAPA, established in 2006, is a non-profit trade association acting as a collective voice for the wireless industry. 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. WAPA offers its members regulatory advice, technical training, a code of conduct, a forum for knowledge-sharing and business-enablement opportunities.
WAPA is positioned to be an interface between the government regulator (ICASA), network operators, service providers, and consumers. WAPA regularly makes submissions and presentations to the government on regulations affecting the wireless industry. WAPA is tirelessly lobbying for more progressive and efficient spectrum management in South Africa and is focusing on the possibilities of TVWS spectrum for interference-free access.
Deputy Chair and Government Relations
Lesley Colmer - Secretariat
Marco Du Ru
Events and PR
Certainty that VANS can build network infrastructure.
WAPA AGM, new management committee elected and WAPA grows to 44 members.
The high court rules that VANS have had the right to self provide network infrastructure since 2005.
WAPA cooperates with the ISPA and officially endorses iWeek 2008.
April 7th 2008
High Court legal action asking for a declaratory order regarding the rights of VANS licensees to self-provide infrastructure.
First WAPA Spectrum Analyser Workshops.
First iWeek where WAPA has an exhibition stand.
March 16th 2007
First WAPA AGM.
WAPA grows to 29 members.
WAPA submits formal request for recognition by ICASA council.
WAPA presents the Code of Conduct to ICASA Council and enforcement management.
WAPA formally engages the regulator in Western Cape and at Council level.
WAPA formed with 15 WISP’s and 1 equipment vendor as founding members.
WAPA presented to Parliament during a visit to Knysna as self-regulation body.
WISPA presented to ICASA councilors.
Ministerial de-regulation of VANS.
Support from UNICT Taskforce, W2I, UNDP, ITU and FCC.
First meeting of WINX (The Wireless Internet Exchange).