THE CARMEL GROUP‘S 2016 COMPETITIVE BROADBAND PROVIDER REPORT
This Report was inspired by the industry leaders and investors listed below. This “Short Version” of the Report is available through WISPA to participants of the 2016 WISPAPALOOZA conference in Las Vegas, NV.
• WISPer ISP • Huawei
• Rise Broadband • ZTE
• WISPA • Amplex
• WCA • SpeedConnect
• Cambium Networks • AtLink Services
• Mimosa • All Points Broadband
• RFElements • Safelink
A Competitive Broadband Provider (“CBP”) (also known as a Wireless Internet Services Provider (“WISP”), a Broadband Wireless Access Provider (“BWA”) or Fixed Wireless Access Provider (“FWA”)) is a fixed wireless provider of competitive broadband service, offered primarily to consumers, businesses and anchor institutions in rural and suburban areas. CBPs deliver competitive Internet broadband over a combination of licensed, shared access and unlicensed spectrum, comprised mostly of data but increasingly voice, video, security services, and related ancillary products and services are being offered.
This Report presents both an overall and a detailed view of today’s U.S. CBP industry. It further discusses the industry’s strengths, opportunities, challenges, and threats. An international CBP perspective is also offered.
Over 2,000 U.S.-based CBPs target their services toward existing, unserved and underserved consumers. It is estimated that CBPs serve more than four million users in the U.S. today and will achieve 2016 revenues of $2.3-$3 billion. More and more today CBPs are expanding beyond just rural residential to include suburban and urban residential, business, governmental and institutional users.
The Report makes the following findings: