WISPAMERICA 2021 Is Live in Grapevine, TX!Grapevine, TX, April 27, 2021 – Today, WISPA opened its first full live trade show since October 2019 with its WISPAMERICA 2021. The annual convention is being held from April 27th – 29th at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, TX, bringing together service providers, industry experts and leading suppliers in the fixed wireless internet industry.
WISPAMERICA 2021 features more than 50 interactive sessions, including those covering technical training, business strategies, sales and marketing, human resources and regulatory updates, among others. And it showcases over 100 exhibitors, offering a wide array of products and services from wireless gear to fiber-optics, tower infrastructure, software, cloud services, VoIP solutions, financing, insurance, mapping services and more.
Claude Aiken, president and CEO of WISPA, welcomed back attendees with his “State of WISPA” address, moderated by Matt Larsen, CEO of Vistabeam. The wide-ranging, 45-minute presentation touched on a number of topics, from new WISPA member benefits on the operational side, to where legislators and the Biden Administration are headed with recently introduced broadband infrastructure bills in Congress.
As part of today’s opening events this morning, WISPA also announced its annual industry awards winners. These companies are:
- Operator of the Year – Aeronet Wireless
- Manufacturer of the Year – Cambium Networks
- Product of the Year – RF Elements Asymmetrical Horns
- Service of the Year – Preseem QoE Monitoring & Optimization Platform
- Distributor of the Year – ISP Supplies
- Triumph Award – Hudson Valley Wireless
- Triumph Award – Faster Cajun Networks
The WISP community has shown strong support for the show. Over 900 attendees have come to this year’s WISPAMERICA, putting it on par with past attendance numbers.
"I can't tell you all how happy I am to see you here today," said Aiken. "It's been a tough year, and I'm so proud and thankful to be part of an industry that has helped America stay on its feet during these incredibly trying times. It's just great to be back!"
WISPA’s 1000 members are composed of fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and the industry that supports fixed wireless broadband, including equipment suppliers, support services, and other components needed to run a successful business. Our members, and WISPs, in general, provide broadband access to millions of residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.