WAPA launches Future Wireless Technologies Forum

April 25th, 2014, Published in Articles: EngineerIT


WAPA-logoThe regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), has engaged the Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) to assist in bringing stakeholders from the regulatory field and industry together to discuss new and innovative technologies, products, and services in the wireless space.

The Future Wireless Technologies Forum is a series of collaborative discussions hosted by WAPA, the purpose of which is to explore trends, best practices, and opportunities for new wireless technologies and solutions in the context of the regulatory framework of South Africa.

South African stakeholders in the business and regulatory communities will assemble for the first time to discuss topics relevant to both, such as spectrum and power output regulations, and solutions that can be brought to market through collaboration and by allowing industry to provide real-world feedback and examples to the regulator.

The first meeting of the Future Wireless Technologies Forum will focus on technology solutions and related business opportunities in the millimetre wave (mmW) band, with focus on V-Band (60 GHz) and E-Band (70 and 80 GHz).

The V band is used for high capacity terrestrial millimetre wave communications systems. In the USA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has allocated the frequency band from 57 to 64 GHz for unlicenced wireless systems. E-band is a relatively new addition to the spectrum allocated for fixed point-to-point wireless services. The E-band normally covers the sub-bands 70, 80 and 90 GHz, and comprises a total of 10 GHz in the following frequency ranges: 71 – 76 GHz and 81 – 86 GHz plus 3 GHz in the 92 to 95 GHz band. More information on E-band can be found in an article entitled “A carrier-class solution for gigabit” by Adel Demian. See http://ow.ly/wEvfp

The event will take place at 10h00 on Thursday 29 May 2014 in Johannesburg. Interested parties are requested to contact WAPA for more details.

Contact Ingi Deutschlander, WAPA, Cell 082 458-1656, ingi@wapa.org.za

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