The document from 2018 on “Advancing the capabilities of convergent networks within the realities of modern-day spectrum management” by WAPA – presented by Broadcast Media Africa – explores the complexities of spectrum management in the context of advancing convergent network technologies. It delves into the history and evolution of electronic communication and broadcasting, highlighting the significant milestones in South Africa’s broadcasting history.
The paper addresses the transformation of the broadcasting industry, from controlled, traditional models to the modern, internet-dominated era, which has reshaped audience control and content distribution. It also discusses the role of Wi-Fi in modern broadcasting, acknowledging that a significant portion of internet traffic is routed through Wi-Fi networks.
The document further examines the strategies for efficiently managing spectrum resources to facilitate the deployment of internet services in every home in South Africa within the next decade, emphasising the use of various frequency bands and the need for dynamic assignment to optimise spectrum use.
Some key points from the resource include:
● Addresses the evolution and complexities of spectrum management in the context of convergent network technologies.
● Highlights key milestones in South Africa’s broadcasting and electronic communication history.
● Examines the transformation from traditional broadcast models to modern, internet-centric approaches.
● Discusses the significant role of Wi-Fi in contemporary broadcasting and internet traffic.
● Explores strategies for effective spectrum resource management for internet service deployment.
● Emphasises the use of various frequency bands and the importance of dynamic spectrum assignment.