Wireless Internet Service Providers Will Connect More Fiber Points As Bandwidth Consumption Increases: Broadband Breakfast
LAS VEGAS, October 6, 2022 — By employing more fiber optic points, wireless Internet service providers can improve network performance and innovation, industry players said at the WISPAPALOOZA conference at Broadband Breakfast.
Jay Andersonchief technology officer of FiberLight, which has built fiber networks in several states including Texas, Florida and Virginia, told this publication that wireless internet service providers are getting more online subscribers, existing connections to the fiber backbone can be congested without further densification of fiber points.
“The only way to get that density is to get fiber, and that allows you to get more subs with your wireless,” Anderson said.
Anderson said he expects WISPs to adopt a “hybrid architecture” in the future. FiberLight’s Texas WISP partners have grown “by leaps and bounds,” he said. “They’re using our infrastructure…to get that capability there…our job is to get as much of it as possible, [at as high a] bandwidth as possible,” he added.
mike rowell, senior vice president of operations for Hilliary Communications, shared some of his own professional experience with fiber at Broadband Breakfast. Hilliary provides Internet, telephone and television services across Texas and Oklahoma.
“We can see fiber helping us tremendously in some areas to get us to a wireless hotspot,” Rowell said, explaining that a single fiber deployment can replace a less reliable multi-device connection to a difficult area. to serve. He said this strategy has helped his company deliver faster internet speeds and reach new customers.
Rowell worked in telecommunications for four decades. He said he has seen the once prohibitive costs of fiber installation machines come down, making fiber a much more viable option than it used to be.
“The fiber – from just…two years ago – was totally different from today,” he said. “You can [now] have fiber splicers that can do a really, really good job for less than $3,000.
Rowell also stressed the importance of foresight and innovative business planning. “We never thought we would sell a gig, and here we are selling it,” he said. “It’s going to be the same thing: we don’t think we’re going to sell 10 gigs, but we will.