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The ever-evolving service provider

Some of you may have noticed a subtle difference in the title. In many of my previous posts and articles, wISP was written as WISP. Note the capitalization of W. This represents a shift from Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) becoming a more hybrid approach to service delivery. What does this mean? Are Wireless providers going away? Read on, dear reader.

Mainly due to government definitions of what broadband is, speeds being delivered by service providers are being increased. In 2015 the FCC defined broadband as a download of 25 megs and an upload of 3 megs. Several wireless equipment manufacturers were able to come out with new point-to-multipoint radios in unlicensed and 3.65 frequencies to meet this demand.

Fast forward to the “Covid years.” Demand for broadband increased. Working from home has become more mainstream than it ever has. This is the time many WISPs shined. These operators could service up new areas and increase bandwidth in existing coverage areas quickly. As with many governmental dealings,

What does this mean for the wISP? wISPs will be transforming into an overall service provider to satisfy several needs and regulations. Delivery speed will be the number one focus on all new build-outs. Many politicians and government regulators are already suggesting a 100 meg service tier.

So how are wISPs evolving? Let’s jump into it.

Automation
Automation saves money. Saving money allows for more devliery devices, whether they be Access Points, OLTs, or switches). Automation makes customer interaction faster and more efficient. From signups to support ques, automation is becoming the key to optimizing these interactions. Companies like SBR Consulting LLC provide automation. Other companies like RemoteWinbox can automate managing your large Mikrotik network.

Add on services and vertical markets.
Most government grants require you to provide Voice as part of your offerings. Why not let companies like Atheral take this load off you. You can then concentrate on acquiring customers. Video services like Realchoice can make sense if your network supports their unique data demands.

Network Quality of Service
Modern access customers are demanding. Technology is always evolving, and so are data flows. Preseem and Cambium QOE are two companies that can apply policies to flows and data endpoints as well as other traffic manipulation. This allows you to optimize your network. Latency sensitive items such as VOIP can benefit from a QOS/QOE soluiion.

High-Speed multipoint wireless
Fiber takes time to build and is costly. Wireless makes sense in so many places. 802.11-based systems are still a viable option for rural and less dense areas. However, MU-MIMO systems from the likes of Tarana and Cambium Medusa are the next generation of fixed wireless systems delivering higher bandwidth. LTE players such as Nokia have solutions for the growing wISP.

Hybrid Networks
As customer demands increase, there have to be bigger pipes pushing bandwidth to the towers and aggregation points. Licensed links are pushing more and more bandwidth. Fiber-fed towers are also becoming a thing. This means the wISP is possibly building their own fiber infrastructure to support the gigabit and muti-gigabit clusters being installed on towers. One natural progression is , as the provider passes homes, it makes sense to use strands to provide some sort of Fiber To The Home (FTTH). This is an easier cost to absorb as it can be both revenue generating and business supporting at the same time.

Peering and Interconneciton
Internet customers tend to consume much of the same data repeatedly. Pulling this from geographically close locations speeds up the customer experience while reducing latency. Internet Exchange Points (IXPSs) bring more resiliency to a fragile Internet. Companies like FD-IX and Ohio-IX are independent exchange points.

these are just a few things the xISP (wISP, fISP, etc.) can look into to migrate their networks to the next level. Many of them mentioned are at WISPAPALOOZA 2022 in Las Vegas this week.

Cambium QOE DPI

As an ISP you probably have an inkling of where your customers are pulling data from. With the new Cambium QOE software, you can know for sure.

What do you notice about this?
-Netflix
-Roku
-Youtube
-Amazon Video
-Hulu
All streaming services. Your customers are consuming more and more video content.

Awesome use of space for a rackmount

While testing a new QoE platform from Cambium Networks the test device they sent had this hidden little Gem of a feature. The Power brick actually is housed in some unused space. More routers should follow this. if you notice there are even vent holes to bring in cool air from the cold aisle. #greatidea #packetsdownrange

Something new from Cambium

Just a hint of some new topics for the blog coming soon. Can you say #QOE? Those of you who attended the Cambium presentations at #WISPAPALOOZA2021 probably know what this is. More details are on the way.

#packetsdownrange

Important Cambium Upgrade by July 1, 2021

UPDATE: Cambium has extended this to January, 31 2022.

Updated Bulletin
https://www.cambiumnetworks.com/support/field-service-bulletins/fsb9083/?fbclid=IwAR0rhizW7jkovSvBFQnUTWyqEKL41nMEceEyfGaeFMAIOIiWNGZTVU0HmTE

On July 1, 2021 Cambium will update the certificate for https://cloud.cambiumnetworks.com 14 to use a new Certificate Authority. All cnMaestro managed devices without the updated Root CA certificate will fail to connect to the cnMaestro Cloud service. Please see the following Field Service Bulletin (FSB) for ePMP upgrade instructions.
https://www.cambiumnetworks.com/support/field-service-bulletins/fsb9083/

https://community.cambiumnetworks.com/t/notice-need-for-epmp-upgrade/74457

As of the bulletin the minimum softwar versions to support the new certificate are:

Family Model Version
cnMatrix cnMatrix EX2K 2.1-r5

cnPilot
cnPilot R200, R200P 4.6-R16
cnPilot R201, R201P 4.6-R16
cnPilot R190V, R190W 4.6-R16
cnPilot e400/e500 3.11.4.1-r3
cnPilot e410/e430w/e600 3.11.4.1-r3
cnPilot R195P 4.7-R6
cnPilot R195W 4.6-R16
cnPilot e501S/e502S 3.11.4.1-r3
cnPilot e700 3.11.4.1-r3
cnPilot e425/e505 4.1-r3
cnPilot e510 3.11.4.1-r3

cnRanger
Sierra 800 1.1-r3
Tyndall 101 1.1-r3

cnReach N500 5.2.18h

Enterprise WiFi 6
XV3-8 6.1-r5
XV2-2 6.1-r5

ePMP 1000
Hotspot ePMP 1000 Hotspot 3.3.1.2-r1

ePMP
ePMP 1000, Force 180/200 4.5.0
ePMP 2000 4.5.0
ePMP Elevate XM/XW 4.5.0
ePMP Force 190 4.5.0
ePMP Force 300 4.5.0
ePMP PTP 550 4.5.0
ePMP MP 3000 4.5.0
ePMP PTP 550 E 4.5.0
ePMP Elevate SXGLITE5 4.5.0
ePMP Elevate LHG5 4.5.0
ePMP 3000 4.5.0

PMP
PMP 450i, PMP 450, PMP
450m, PMP 430 SM 20.0 Beta-6
PTP 450, PTP 450i, PMP 450
Retro 20.0 Beta-6
Micro-pop Omni/Sector 20.0 Beta-6

PTP
PTP 650 650-01-50
PTP 670 (650 Emulation) 670-01-50,
670-03-12
PTP 670, PTP 700 700-03-11