Baicells at the WiscNet Connections Conference
WiscNet Connections took place on May 8th-9th in the backyard of our Madison office, overlooking the beautiful lake Monona. We didn’t know what to expect going into the conference, however as the days progressed we grew more excited as opportunities began to present themselves in various, albeit unexpected, forms.
To give you a bit of a background on the conference itself, WiscNet is an organization that works to connect educational institutions, libraries, municipalities and hospitals with innovative tech solutions to further support tech growth and adoption within Wisconsin. This meant that many of the players that we talked to at the conference were school administrators and community leaders that were interested in expanding their networks and finding an efficient solution to solving “last-mile” problems. The perfect application for our LTE small cells.
However, it turns out the information about LTE is severally lacking within this space itself. Many of the individuals we were talking to told us they had been recommended WiMax as the best solution for their connectivity problems. As we began to discuss alternate solutions (LTE) we were often met with excitement at seeing a far more advanced solution that would be useful in a greater variety of deployments while retaining a “future-proof” quality that isn’t applicable under WiMax technology.
The primary problem stemming within these opportunities seem to arise from a lack of education and knowledge of the alternative technologies that exist today. Any operator savvy enough stands a lot to gain should they be able to position themselves to assist in further developing these municipal and educational networks, and we met several individuals who were there for exactly that reason.
But educating this space was at the forefront of our minds as we left the conference the second day. Clearly there needs to be more information on the potential solutions – promoting WiMax for such critical deployments seems almost criminal as it’s a dying technology that will soon become completely obsolete. We will definitely be in attendance next year, with an intention on speaking at the wireless session. We hope to better educate the audience when it comes to deploying equipment, how school districts can best utilize their 2.5GHz licenses and where the future of technology is heading.
All in all, the food was great, the networking better and the view was fantastic. If any operators would like to take advantage of market desperate for current solutions we’d recommend you stop by next year and start talking.