How to become your own WISP

Tue, 06/06/2023 - 10:59
So, you want to become a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), but have no idea where to start? If you thought you could just take your existing internet connection and beam it across the neighbourhood, think again. It’s illegal to start selling internet services without a license, so you’ll want to make sure you dot your ‘i’s and cross your ‘t’s before doing anything else.
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WiFi 6E ready to supercharge internet speeds in South Africa

Wed, 24/05/2023 - 15:55
The Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has officially made a large tranche of additional 6E spectrum available to South African users, with immediate effect.
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The future of WiFi is (almost) here

Mon, 08/05/2023 - 11:14
WiFi has been a significant part of our daily lives for many years, and its importance continues to grow as more devices rely on wireless connectivity.
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A quantum leap in service delivery

Thu, 23/03/2023 - 13:13
The Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) recently called for South Africa's government to free up vast tracts of radio frequency spectrum in the 6GHz band, claiming that doing so could drive a wave of economic growth. But this isn't a plea for spectrum for cellular. This is about Wi-Fi, as Paul Colmer of the WAPA executive management committee, explained.
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Ongoing power crisis threatens 5G rollout in South Africa

Thu, 09/03/2023 - 10:07
While 5G promises to bring many benefits to consumers, including faster download speeds, lower latency, and better network capacity, it also comes with some challenges, one of the most significant being increased power consumption.
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PODCAST - Solar panels are not enough to stop your connectivity from dropping

Fri, 10/02/2023 - 16:53

The negative impact of power outages on internet access is the focus in this edition of the Business Day Spotlight. 

Our host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Paul Colmer, an executive management committee member at the Wireless Access Provider’s Association (WAPA). 

The WAPA has about 250 members across SA, 200 of which are licensed internet service providers such as Vox, BitCo and Herotel. 

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Power crisis threatening Internet access in SA

Thu, 02/02/2023 - 12:07
The ongoing power crisis is starting to threaten one of the fundamental drivers of South Africa’s digital economy: Internet access. That’s because one of the biggest unforeseen consequences of Eskom’s persistent load shedding is the increasing failure of both telecommunications and Internet services to homes around the country.
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WAPALOZA 2022: Survive and Thrive

Thu, 15/12/2022 - 14:14
WAPALOZA is back! With the Covid pandemic behind us, it was time to get back to brass tacks and chart the way forward for South African WISPS, and what better way to do that than at the biggest wireless industry event in the country.
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How Wisps could build more market traction than the big service providers

Tue, 11/10/2022 - 10:14
Many users have challenges related to their home network, what we call the last nine yards. But, what home users and many small businesses don’t understand is that, when they sign up for connectivity, sorting out their device- or home-network related issues isn’t actually part of the package. There’s an education element missing.
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SA Judges are Clear – We won’t tolerate battery theft

Wed, 13/07/2022 - 13:46
That three men were handed 30-year sentences each for stealing cell tower batteries sends a clear message from South Africa’s judiciary, the intent of which WAPA supports.
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