The newly-established Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa (Wi-Fi Forum SA) began its inaugural conference March 12, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Wi-Fi Forum SA will play an active and positive role in the development of the Wi-Fi industry in South Africa, and will represent the views of all stakeholders in the sector, as well serve as provide for a knowledge-sharing and networking platform.
Established in November 2013, the inaugural conference will highlight significant new developments in the Wi-Fi sector and discuss the development of an effective self-regulatory framework for South Africa. The speakers include Dr Siyabonga Cwele (Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services), Andile Ngcaba (Convergence Partners and Dimension Data), Ton Brand (Wireless Broadband Alliance) and a host of knowledgeable and well-respected industry and regulatory experts. Also on the agenda is the changing regulatory landscape and role of self-regulatory models for the industry. Commercial models for developing and deploying Wi-Fi infrastructure alongside technical discussions on new standards and technologies in the wireless access space will also be included.
More than 200 delegates are expected to attend and participate in the event from the various stakeholder groups. In addition, the conference will be followed by the inaugural Annual General Meeting of the Wi-Fi Forum SA where a new management committee will be elected.