The Wireless Access Provider’s Association (WAPA), an organisation which serves the needs of wireless service providers, said that over 100,000 South Africans use their members’ service for broadband access and telecoms services.
WAPA announced that its membership increased by 25% over the last year. “The increase in our membership to 164 wireless operators demonstrates that we are a growing force in South Africa’s broadband industry,” said Christopher Geerdts, WAPA’s outgoing chairman.
South Africa aims to finalise in November the National Broadband Policy, communications minister Yunus Carrim announced in a speech at the Satnac conference. The latest draft of the broadband policy and plan will be finalised by the Department of Communications within 14 days, after which other departments will be able to comment on the proposal in the following month.
Over the last month broadband users across South Africa performed 88,628 tests, with an average download speed of 9.6Mbps and an average upload speed of 2.3Mbps. It should be noted that these statistics include test results from business connections, test networks and even core networks.
In terms of broadband accessibility South Africa has been overtaken by competitors of a similar socio-economic status, according to communications minister Yunus Carrim. Carrim made the comments while participating in a Q&A on the Mail & Guardian’s YouTube channel. Among a number of questions, Carrim was asked what was being done to make broadband more affordable and accessible in the country.