WISAPAPLOOZA Fall 2017 - Day 1 Show Daily

www. WISPA .org 1 www.bekabusinessmedia.com Header... A new report by analyst firm The Carmel Group forecasts robust growth for the U.S. fixed wireless broadband industry, with the nationwide number of subscribers projected to nearly double from more than 4 million at the end of 2016 to 8.1 million by 2021. During the forecast period, core broad- band wireless access (BWA) industry revenues are expected to nearly double from $2.3 billion to more than $5.2 billion. Likewise, The Carmel Group expects WISP per-customer monthly revenue also will continue to rise, in part because consumers will be willing to pay more for the improved services and speeds that will flow from network upgrades, standards-based technologies and ancillary services. Indeed, as broadband wire- less access providers expand in under-served areas and contend effectively in the burgeoning number of areas where they offer superior customer service and a local presence, the study finds lots of room for optimism for WISPs. That includes how the economics of fixed wireless make it the most cost-effective broad- band solution for rural and other under-served areas because networks can be built and upgraded faster and at a fraction of the cost of networks based on DSL, fiber or cable. Whereas upgrade changes to networks and/or CPE can lead to payback periods of 21 to 60 months for mobile, cable and fiber access providers, BWA payback can be as short at 11.5 months, show The Carmel Group findings, with average revenue per user similar to cable or mobile. “Based on a wealth of new data, The Carmel Group rates the BWA industry’s growth pros- pects as stronger than those of cable, fiber, and satellite TV,” says report author Jimmy Schaef- fler. “Optimism is in short supply in today’s pay TV and broadband markets, so the fixed wire- less industry is an exciting success story.” (See WISP Story, page 4) WISP Industry Projected to Nearly Double in Five Years ShowDaily DAY 1 By Martin Vilaboy L Z OO 2