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Wireless World Research Forum

Wireless World Research Forum

WWRF’s goal is to encourage research that will achieve unbounded communications to address key societal challenges for the future.


We are using the term “Wireless World” in this broad sense to address


- the support of innovation and business,


- social inclusion and


- infrastructural challenges


This will be achieved by creating a range of new technological capabilities from wide-area networks to short-range communications, machine-to-machine communications, sensor networks, wireless broadband access technologies and optical networking, along with increasing intelligence and virtualization in networks


This will support a dependable future Internet of people, knowledge and things and the development of a service universe. 

In partnership with

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is the official regulator of the South African communications, broadcasting and postal services sectors.


ICASA was established as a statutory body under the mandate as outlined in the Constitution. ICASA is a Chapter 9 institution (an institution which supports democracy) regarding the Constitution and is a portfolio organisation of the Department of Communications (DoC). It is established in terms of the Independent Communications Authority Act No. 36 of 2000 (the ICASA Act).


ICASA was established in July 2000 as a merger of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA) and the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA).

The Authority is responsible for regulating the telecommunications, broadcasting and postal services sectors in the public interest and ensure universal and affordable access to high-quality services for all South Africans. As part of its core mandate, the Authority issues licenses to telecommunications, postal and broadcasting service providers, enforces compliance with rules and regulations, protects consumers from unfair business practices, investigate and adjudicates disputes and complaints and controls and manages the effective use of radio frequency spectrum.

Platinum Partners



ESOA is a non-profit organisation established with the objective of serving and promoting the common interests of satellite operators from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the CIS. The Association today represents the interests of 21 satellite operators who deliver information communication services across the globe. Together ESOA Members provide invaluable communications services to the whole world including emergency communications, live broadcasting, maritime and aero communications, secure services for governments, 24-7 monitoring of industrial processes such as energy plants and a whole range of other communications capabilities that society has come to rely on.



The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences. 

Gold Sponsor



Intel is uniquely positioned to bring the worlds of wireless, computing, and cloud together in a seamlessly connected, powerfully smart 5G future.

Silver Sponsor

Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and 5G Technology Program Office (5GO)

Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and 5G Technology Program Office (5GO)


Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) 


ITRI is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Based on its long-term partnership with various industry sectors, ITRI offers a wide range of services, from technical to business consultation, to the international community– such as contract research, product and process development, and pilot runs for technological upgrades; IP strategy and licensing, industrial analysis, and talent training for hi-tech business; and the open lab and incubation for new ventures and emerging industries. The Institute has also incubated more than 240 innovative companies since 1973, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. Headquartered in Taiwan, ITRI has five branch offices in Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Berlin, Moscow, and Eindhoven to extend its R&D innovation across the globe. 


5G Technology Program Office (5GO), Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA)


5GO is responsible for planning R&D and industry development strategies of the next-generation communication technology. By implementing projects dedicated to 5G, we strive to narrow R&D gaps of the 5G industry and place focus on our forte. By consolidating resources in the industry, academia, and research sectors and urging vertical and horizontal cooperation among international brands, we support efforts to encourage global strategic cooperation. 


Under the guidance of DOIT, 5GO is dedicated to lead a long-term planning and promotional activities for the next-generation communication technology by monitoring international laws and regulations and by developing strategies and action plans to respond to industry demand and provide a reference for the government.


5GO's mission is to empower international cooperation on a strategic level by identifying global opportunities and technology strengths of legal entities; assisting 5G teams, global brands, EU, international standard, and/or promotional organizations in pursuing global strategic cooperation; broadening their involvement in the global standard-setting processes; expanding the cooperative scope to the United States and other Asian region. 



Refreshments sponsor

FTTX Council Africa

FTTX Council Africa

Established in 2010, the FTTX Council is an independent, not for profit organisation that believes that the development and deployment of fibre based broadband networks is a critical component of telecommunications networks. 


The council’s charter is to educate Africa governments, policy makers and political leaders on why and how high speed fibre connectivity can be delivered to countries within the coming years. 


Through consultation with all major stakeholders, the FTTX Council endeavours to be the voice of the industry and to help create a better future for all involved. It also supports governments with issues such as policy and regulation, best practice and minimum standards through an independent voice.


The FTTX Council believes that high speed broadband will enhance the quality of life for citizens in Africa, providing African countries with an infrastructure which will increase their effectiveness and competitiveness within the global marketplace.




Tue 29 May, 2018 09.00 to
Wed 30 May, 2018 17.30




Garden Court Marine Parade

167 O R Tambo Parade, Marine Parade, Durban, 4001, South Africa

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