Preseem kicked off WISPAPALOOZA 2019 by hosting a WISP Fireside Chat. We invited an audience filled with members of the fixed wireless community to ask questions to three successful WISP operators: Adair Winter of Amarillo Wireless / AW Broadband, Darin Steffl of Minnesota WiFi, and Brian Gray of Joink. Reflecting on their years of experience within the fixed wireless industry, these network operators shared many insights; from their thoughts on the future of fixed wireless to whether drones are viable option for surveying an area’s network potential.
We begin the final part of this blog series by learning about the panelist’s thoughts on the future of fixed wireless. We go on to discover how traditional WISP businesses may pivot into being hybrid Internet service providers in order to meet changing consumer demands. Moreover, we learn about some costly mistakes that the panelists have made in the past, and what they have learned as a result. Additional topics covered range from the specific technical problems they’d like to see solved in their networks, to how one can strategically approach acquiring new vehicles for a WISP business.
The specific questions answered in this part of our WISP Fireside Chat series are:
- What percentage of your network is fixed wireless today? What percentage do you think it will be in the future?
- Can you use a drone to survey areas to identify network potential?
- What is the biggest mistake you have made with your network?
- Do you buy new or used vehicles for your WISP business?
- If you could solve one technical problem in your network, what would it be?
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