WISPAPALOOZA 2019 is coming! Members of the fixed wireless industry look forward to WISPA’s flagship event all year, and we’re no exception. The Preseem team will be present at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in scenic Las Vegas all week from the 14th to the 18th of October, 2019.
During WISPAPALOOZA 2019, we know that walking the floor can be a hugely valuable way to spend your time. You’ll get a chance to chat with friends and WISP colleagues, see new fixed wireless gear, new suppliers and software solutions, and also have some fun!
We also understand that the Wireless Internet Service Provider’s Association (WISPA) is planning another huge, record-breaking event for us this year. With more than 70 sessions covering all sorts of topics like regulatory concerns, business basics, vendor spotlights, technical information and more, it’s important to prioritize your team’s time. This means picking and choosing the right events for you and your team to attend and drive the maximum value out of WISPAPALOOZA 2019.
To help you get as much value as we know we’ll get, we’ve assembled a list of Must-Attend Sessions. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so make sure to check out WISPA’s full schedule here.
WISPAPALOOZA 2019 5 MUST-ATTEND SESSIONS
- Technical: Network Monitoring: More Than Just Up and Down.
When: 4:30-5:30 Tuesday October 15th
Why: Network monitoring is a grayscale, not black and white. Same way, it’s much more than your network elements being up and down. To ensure optimal subscriber experience, it’s important for network managers to go beyond polling network elements. Reporting in 1 or 5 minutes intervals and or traditional NMS solutions just cannot highlight the exact QoE (Quality of Experience) your experience have with your service. This session will talk all about network telemetry and innovations that help you get a true picture of your network performance.
- Business: Think of Your Network as a Business
When: 8-9 am Wednesday October 16
Why: I think many WISPs would agree that one of the challenging aspects of running a WISP is realizing that your network is a business that requires real business acumen to be successful. Sometimes, we see the technical side of a WISP running great while the business side lags behind. This session is a chance to expand your understanding of your WISP from just a network play to running a successful business and talk about key metrics, performance indicators and things to care about.
- Regulatory: What’s Next in CAF
When: 9:15-10:15 Wednesday October 16
Why: The Connect America Fund is the FCC’s flagship program with the stated mandate of bringing broadband access to Americans all across the country. We know that the CAF has been a game changer for many, which has allowed government to give millions of dollars to operators to expand their networks. However, this may also have created unnecessary challenges for self-owned WISPs without any funding. This session will explain CAF, it’s future and talk about how you can benefit from it.
- Marketing: Engaging Your Customer to Market for You
When: 9:15-10:15 Thursday October 17
Why: Word-of-mouth marketing, based on our research within the WISP community, is the most common way WISPs get new customers. This was highlighted when we were compliling the list of 7 best WISP Marketing Tips. However, this isn’t easy to achieve. With the right tools and planning, any WISP can understand the most effective ways to engage with your subscriber base and turn them into your best brand ambassadors. This session aims to cover all these aspects.
- Technical: Hybrid Wireless Fiber Networks
When: 8-9 Thursday October 17th
Why: We’re seeing through our research that more and more, WISPs are looking at fiber as a long-term service play. Fiber requires relatively higher amounts of capital investments but offers predictable high speeds and higher ARPU. WISPs in their aspiration to become full-service communication services provider increasingly build what is called hybrid networks. Such networks use both wireless as well as FTTP setups to deliver internet to both urban as well as rural communities. Join this session to learn more about this trend and how you can also take on the fiber journey.
One other event we would recommend attending is the Speed Dating session running Tuesday, October 15. It’s a chance to quickly network and learn in a very structured environment. Whether you’re a pro, or brand new to networking, this format allows you to get the most from your time and is a great choice for ANYONE attending WISPAPALOOZA 2019.
Bonus event – Preseem will be hosting a pre-Wispapalooza event on Monday, Oct 14, 2-5 pm and you shouldn’t miss this one. It’ll be a QoE workshop + WISP fireside chat where you can get networking & business tips from influential WISP owners and operators. Reserve a spot here.
Last but not the least, one of the best things about Wispapalooza is the informal networking that takes place around the halls, elevators, Rio bar and casino and other hangout spots. Don’t miss out on those and make sure to have some fun too! (It’s Vegas after all)