First of three collaborative discussion events on July 15 brings together SA's Internet providers, government, and the regulator to find ways to bring about the ambitious South Africa Connect broadband rollout goals. The Internet provider industry, technology analysts, civic groups and Icasa, the national telecommunications regulator, have joined forces to address the desperate need to roll out better, faster and more affordable Internet access across South Africa.
Following a recent string of legal battles between municipalities and several telecommunications companies, most notably the judgement of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in favour of Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) over the Msunduzi municipality, a number of companies are beginning to build wireless networks on public (municipal) property, without the explicit permission of the municipality. This development is incredibly exciting for the industry but there are a few considerations for both the public and private sector which are important to highlight. Firstly, the legal background.
January is upon us once more, with all its promise of new beginnings, change, and big aspirations. In December, the news is full of reviews and analysis of the year gone by, whereas January sees predictions for the coming year. While predictions are notoriously difficult, WAPA has focused on the trends impacting the wireless industry and predicts the following for 2015.
The Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) has released a draft Position Paper on Spectrum, and last week hosted the second Future Wireless Technologies Forum, as part of iWeek, at the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg. Both these initiatives are for the purpose of giving real-world examples and industry insight to the Regulator and to policymakers.
The Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 18 September 2014, at the iWeek Conference in Johannesburg.
The first Future Wireless Technologies Forum, held on May 29th, brought together service providers, equipment manufacturers, and stakeholders from government and the Regulator to better understand the possibilities, challenges, and commercial implications of wireless technologies. At the moment, the Regulator does not have a licensing framework for frequencies above 30 GHz.