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  • Nov 13 / 2013
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Wi-Fi Forum Of South Africa Launched

The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa, a voluntary industry body comprising operators, service providers, technology providers and associated parties was launched at AfricaCom in Cape Town today (13 November 2013).

Wi-Fi Forum SA aims to accelerate the adoption of high-speed, reliable and cost effective broadband services in South Africa.

“The mission of this organisation is to create a collaborative and self-regulating body that promotes the effective utilisation of Wi-Fi technologies in the delivery of ubiquitous, interoperable and seamless connectivity in South Africa,” said chairman Andile Ngcaba.

Wi-Fi Forum SA intends to provide an effective collaboration and advocacy body for the Wi-Fi industry stakeholders.

It also aims to provide an effective mechanism for the self-regulation of the Wi-Fi industry to ensure adherence to international Wi-Fi agreements, standards, guidelines and practices and provide input to regulatory processes that would impact on the Wi-Fi community.

The founding members are Internet Solutions, Dimension Data, Comsol and AlwaysOn.

Further information on the Wi-Fi Forum SA can be obtained from


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  • Nov 12 / 2013
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Vodacom Developing New Wholesale Model

Vodacom said that it is developing a wholesale model with a new commercial proposition.

Vodacom said that it supports the wholesale mobile data model, and is developing a new commercial proposition in this arena.

In recent months, Afrihost and MWEB launched their own mobile data products, using wholesale data products from MTN and Cell C respectively.

Vodacom is widely seen as having the best mobile data network in the country, and with its superior quality it raised questions as to why ISPs like MWEB and Afrihost did not use Vodacom.

Industry speculation suggests that Vodacom is a difficult company to negotiate with when trying to reach a mutually beneficial deal.

Another industry player said that Vodacom has the view that a competitive wholesale data product would compete against its own products.

However, Vodacom disputed this view. “We’re supportive of the wholesale model and are developing a new commercial proposition,” said Vodacom spokesperson Richard Boorman.

It is not clear when this new product will be launched or the value it will offer service providers.

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