The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa has successfully completed its another year of operation, and as it enters the next year, a new management committee was elected to take over the lobbying for Wi-Fi access for the majority of the country, as an affordable and viable option.
The Forum’s recent AGM, held in Johannesburg, saw myself, Bruce Pitso, Gareth Mortimer, Kervin Pillay, Mpho Mokete, Raj Wanniappa and Zanele Monnakgotla. Envir Fraser and William Stucke, who will act as co-opted members, will also assist the committee. Executive Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Wanniappa,’s sentiments on the selection were that the “2016/2017 management committee represents a veritable “who’s who” of the local ICT sector. A formidable team has been brought on board and South Africa will reap the benefits as it gets down to work and playing an active role in the country’s Wi-Fi policy development process.”
This AGM followed a business breakfast, which saw the industry’s leaders discussing policy and the technology landscape both in South Africa and abroad. This forum offered the industry’s senior executives a platform on which to share their thoughts and views on the growth of broadband. This discussion also touched on the role Wi-Fi should be playing as an access medium. Present in this discussion were representatives from Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Internet Solutions, Showmax, Facebook, Always-On, Project Isizwe, Uber and Vast network.
Some of the key resolutions taken at the AGM included the establishment of an ad-hoc policy sub-committee that will engage with the policy-makers and make inputs to the country’s Broadband Policy White Paper. This committee will also be responsible for participating in determining the possible ways in which the global Wi-Fi Standards can be adapted to the South African context. The AGM concluded with a number of sponsorship commitments made towards the forum’s annual conference, which occurs in October this year.