WAPA said today (16 April 2012) that its main objectives for 2012 include being an interface between the government regulator (ICASA), network operators, service providers and consumers – making the most of TV White Spaces and growing the organisation via marketing initiatives.
“Our focus will be to promote practical regulation of TV White Spaces (TVWS) by speaking at various conferences during the year,” stated WAPA Chairperson, Christopher Geerdts.
“Among these initiatives, we will be looking out for (projects) to promote TVWS.”
WAPA plays a significant role in addressing wireless regulatory and spectrum issues in the country.
WAPA’s aim to become an industry-representative body, recognized under law by the regulator, enters its final stretch this year, with Ziggy Heuer heading the project with the assistance of Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions – legal advisor to WAPA that also keeps members up to date with regulatory issues.
“Our website overhaul in 2011 has greatly increased visitor numbers and awareness of wireless internet service providers. The ‘Check Coverage’ and ‘Member Directory’ pages on the website allow South African citizens to look for wireless broadband coverage in their area,” explained Deputy Chair, Mohammad Patel.
WAPA’s treasurer for two years running, Abraham van der Merwe, is optimistic after a healthy 2011 financial year.
“Sponsorships and advertising from the many players – including the likes of Google – for various events, and a 20% membership growth in 2011, has helped to keep WAPA in the black. An ‘Income Generation Workgroup’ has been formed to ensure that WAPA’s finances stay on track in 2012,” concluded van der Merwe.