Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

Fixed Wireless CEO Says His Technology Has a Bright Future


  • CEO of Vistabeam, Matt Larsen, defends fixed wireless technology at WISPAMERICA conference
  • Larsen argues that fixed wireless still has a demand and meets the needs of consumers at a lower cost than fiber

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During the WISPAMERICA 2024 conference, Matt Larsen, CEO of Vistabeam, advocated for the future of fixed wireless technology. Larsen disputed the notion that fiber broadband would completely replace fixed wireless, emphasizing the continued demand for fixed wireless services by consumers.

Larsen cited research from the Leichtman Research Group showing that fixed wireless growth has been surpassing fiber in recent quarters, indicating that consumers are opting for fixed wireless due to its lower costs compared to fiber and cable options. He also noted that customer usage patterns remained consistent even after converting fixed wireless areas to fiber.

Larsen criticized fiber advocates for overselling the advantages of fiber technology and not focusing on what customers truly desire: affordable connectivity with respectful service. He highlighted the technological advancements in fixed wireless technology that provide opportunities for the service to reach its full potential.

He urged fixed wireless providers to be persistent in their efforts to gain market share, emphasizing that the technology can not only survive but thrive in the current broadband market. Steve Coran, an attorney and panel speaker, echoed Larsen’s sentiments, praising the adaptability and resilience of the fixed wireless industry.

At the conference, concerns were raised about the high costs and potential inflation associated with universal fiber deployment, as well as the lower customer satisfaction levels reported for fiber compared to fixed wireless. Larsen’s defense of fixed wireless technology as a viable and cost-effective alternative to fiber and cable resonated with attendees, challenging the prevailing narrative that fiber is the only way forward in broadband connectivity.