Cambium Networks sees 6 GHz and 60 GHz as WISP development drivers

In 2017, we had been searching for an unbiased view on the developments happening within the international ISP business and concluded no such evaluation existed – which led to our first international business survey.  4 years later, we’re nonetheless at it and have simply accomplished our fourth-annual survey and evaluation.  “Vibrant and thriving” is the manager abstract of the 2020 survey, however the development evaluation over 4 years of the 42 vendor impartial questions is fascinating and supplies perception to the state of the business. 

One of the crucial shocking outcomes from this 12 months’s survey got here within the face of COVID – general optimism is at an all-time excessive with 77% of respondents expressing optimism.  I consider this displays the market’s recognition on the criticality of broadband entry through the pandemic and the embracing of mounted wi-fi broadband to supply it.  Nevertheless, wanting on the development it’s not overly shocking with 66%, 70%, and 61% the prior three years. The priority popping out of the 2019 cycle was the determined dip in confidence and whether or not that was an anomaly.  The sturdy response in 2020 means that it’s, and the 2021 consequence will add depth to the development.

What I discover most compelling concerning the WISP business the world over is the person WISP’s entrepreneurial spirit.  That spirit is mirrored within the survey within the enlargement of providers the WISPs are providing.  WISPs are increasing into managed Wi-Fi, offering IT help providers, working CCTV networks on behalf of economic enterprises and native governments, and different providers that leverage their technical experience.  We additionally see proof of latest WISPs forming to satisfy their group’s unmet web entry wants and launching with tens of shoppers, with aspirations of tens of 1000’s of subscribers – the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and properly throughout the WISP Neighborhood!

You possibly can read more about the survey results here, however I needed to foretell a few outcomes from subsequent 12 months’s survey.  

First, with the arrival of 60 GHz options utilizing 802.11ay, we are going to see a larger share of WISPs participating in city and suburban markets, competing immediately with DOCSIS and Fiber networks.  

Second, with the worldwide opening of 6 GHz in 2021, we are going to see service ranges increase and the priority over out there spectrum diminish.  

Third, we are going to see WISPs extra aggressively supply in dwelling managed Wi-Fi providers that embody complete protection throughout the dwelling.