In ground-breaking news, the long-awaited TV White Space (TVWS) grant to support an Adaptrum-led project to help improve Internet access to rural areas in South Africa, was made by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) on 5 August in Durban.
US Consulate General in Durban political and economic chief Hala Rharrit signed the grant on behalf of USTDA, along with Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) executive committee member and Pilot Project Lead, Paul Colmer.
In November last year, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) called for comments on the draft International Mobile Telephony (IMT) Roadmap. Taking up the case of its members in this landmark initiative, WAPA sent its input to ICASA. The IMT is an important process that seeks to ensure universal availability of broadband services, a vibrant and competitive telecommunications industry as well as promote investment in the country.