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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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Wapa’s Paul Colmer on Why ICASA should Open Up 6GHz for WIFI

Tue, 31/05/2022 - 08:41
Wapa executive Paul Colmer joins the TechCentral podcast (listen below) to unpack why the association has made this call, and why it believes opening up the 6GHz band to unlicensed telecommunications providers could generate huge benefits for the country.
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WAPA Encourages ICASA to Release 1,200GHz of WIFI 6E Spectrum

Mon, 16/05/2022 - 10:29
South Africa could benefit by up to nearly $58 billion over the next 10 years by getting ICASA to enable 1,200 license-exempt megahertz in the 6GHz band, helping the country to bridge the digital divide, as well as improve access to remote education, work, and commerce.
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WISPS have a Golden Opportunity to Close South Africa’s Digital Divide

Mon, 25/04/2022 - 19:20
Our members get exclusive access to the full detailed report on how to make it work. WISPS (Wireless Internet Service Providers) have a golden business opportunity while also closing the economic inequality gap in South Africa.
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Why Millions of South Africans could Pay less for Better Connectivity

Wed, 19/01/2022 - 16:37
You could probably get more reliable, fast connectivity at a price you can afford. Of the 38 million South Africans who used the Internet as of January 2021, 36 million did so on mobile. Not all of them used mobile data (just the mobile device connected to Wi-Fi). But a lot of South Africans are using prepaid or contract data. It’s the most expensive way to connect in this country and among the most expensive worldwide.
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