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WAPA and WBA in partnership

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WAPA-logoThe Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) has announced a partnership with Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience. WAPA and WBA have established a cross-industry working group to facilitate communication and collaboration around open access carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks. Recent predictions from industry analysts point towards 2014 being a breakthrough year for Wi-Fi in South Africa, as some of the larger telecommunications providers move towards providing connectivity via Wi-Fi or mobile data ‘offload’ in public areas, such as transport hubs and shopping centres.“WAPA has long highlighted the importance of Wi-Fi to our members and the industry,” says WAPA chairperson Mohammad Patel, “and we are pleased to announce the formation of this partnership with WBA, the unquestioned worldwide expert in guidelines for high-quality Wi-Fi networks.” WAPA and the WBA share similar aims in that both organisations are dedicated to growing the wireless industry through the dissemination of information around best practices. According to Ton Brand, senior director marketing and industry development for WBA, “The similarity of objectives between WBA and WAPA is very prominent. We look forward to engaging with the telecoms industry in South Africa through this partnership and working together to drive the adoption of next generation Wi-Fi in this region that will ultimately secure a seamless Wi-Fi user experience for end users.”

Contact Ingi Deutschlander, WAPA, Tel 021 701-2511, ingi@wapa.org.za

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