WISPAPALOOZA 2018 RECAP

WISPAPALOOZA

Bicom Systems had another successful year at WISPAPALOOZA! This was our second year entering the trade show as a Platinum Sponsor and we are looking forward to WISPAMERICA 2019!

If you were at WISPAPALOOZA this year, did you see our new booth? Or get a chance to attend our User Group Meeting? If not, check out this previous blog post on ‘Why Trade Shows are Important to Attend’.

To start, what is WISPAPALOOZA?
WISPAPALOOZA, also known as WISPA, is a 5-day event that brings together the WISP (Wireless Internet Service Providers) world. Industry experts, leading suppliers and customers like you come together to network, learn, engage in demos and become inspired. This year it was hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada and had over 160 Exhibitors showcasing their products and services.

Team members from our global company came to WISPAPALOOZA from all over. Let’s hear their story!

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Q: Was this the first time Bicom Systems attended WISPAPALOOZA?
A:
No. This was our third WISPA event and second time attending WISPAPALOOZA. WISPA also hosts a tradeshow called ‘WISPAMERICA’ that we also attended this year.

Q: Was this the first time being a Platinum Sponsor?
A:
No. We were also a Platinum Sponsor last year.

Q: What did Bicom Systems do at WISPAPALOOZA?
A:
This year was a little different for us because we hosted our first ‘User Group Meeting’. We held this on Monday, before the show officially started and had three guest speakers.

Our guests covered topics such as; marketing, user experience, regulatory and compliance and it made our session more appreciated. The speakers generated a lot of conversation and interest from the attendees. The audience became very excited to upgrade to our latest versions once they saw what they were missing.

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Q: Are there any awards or prizes given out?
A:
Yes. There are 8 categories for awards. Bicom Systems was nominated for “Manufacturer of the Year”. Although we did not win, the WISPA board of directors spoke highly of our impact on the organization.

Q: Did you participate in any information sessions?
A:
Yes! There were many information sessions going on during the 5-day trade show. Information sessions are used to share expertise, network and learn more about the topic.

Saulio Reyes (Account Manager) from our team, alongside companies such as Amarillo Wireless, Powercode and Network Business Systems,  participated in an information session called ‘Scaling WISP from 0-1500’. It focused on how to scale up business operations and the best practices to do so.

Kevin Langford (Account Manager) also from Bicom Systems, spoke at ‘Starting a WISP 101’. There were 7 other speakers for this session and they analyzed the many considerations that are involved when getting a WISP started. Kevin focused his presentation mainly on not just selling internet and guided the audience into VoIP.

Finally, Kevin (Account Manager) also spoke at ‘WISP’s in the Clouds/UCaas and ‘How WISPs Can Capitalize’. These information sessions reminded customers that they are running a business first and a network second. They were extremely educational and discussed the opportunities companies have to grow their customer base.

Q: When you sponsor WISPA, you receive a keynote speaking slot. How did that go?
A: 
That is right. When you sponsor WISPAPALOOZA as a Diamond or Platinum sponsor you are given a Vendor Spotlight. On behalf of Bicom Systems, Account Manager Kevin Langford, presented a 1-hour product description Q&A information session. The presentation dissected each product and their many editions. It gave the audience a chance to learn in depth about our current and future products, their newer updates and much more. It was so engaging that everyone who attended the keynote, stopped into our booth afterward to learn more!

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Q: Aside from businesses, who attends WISPAPALOOZA?
A: (Kevin Langford):
 In my experience, you have 4 types of people who attend trade shows like WISPAPALOOZA.
1) Curious customers who are interested in learning about the industry
2) Consumers who want to start a WISP
3) Businesses who are a WISP/ISP
4) ‘Techie’s’ (Tech-i-es: ‘a person who is very knowledgeable or enthusiastic about technology and especially high technology’) – Merriam-Webster

Q: If other businesses and customers were to ask if WISPAPALOOZA was worth attending, what would your advice be?
A: (Kevin Langford):
 Have a game plan. You cannot be in two places at one time and although the committee tries not to schedule two popular information sessions at the same time, it happens. Research the vendors who are going to be there. Plan your days. Make a schedule.

Thanks for reading and we will see you at the next trade show!

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If you are still considering attending WISPAPALOOZA as a vendor, check out this blog post by Minim. The company’s CEO seamlessly breaks down the event and all the dos/don’ts all from a newbies perspective.

If you are interested in learning more about Bicom Systems visit our website here.

 

Bicom Systems User Group Meeting

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CALLING ALL WISPS – You are invited to the first Bicom Systems User Group Meeting on Monday, October 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at WISPAPLOOZA.

Join us for a special behind-the-scenes look at:

• VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
• Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS)
• Call Center as a Service (CCaaS)

Meet your peers and learn about their successes, the challenges they are facing, and what is ultimately giving them the winning edge. Hear presentations from:

• VoIP Marketing Guru Suzanne Urash of CR8 Group will share her secrets to getting your phones ringing off the hook.

• The best kept secret in the carrier space, ThinQ will explain how their toolset has greatly increased their partners’ Quality of Service to their customers.

• And Kris Twomey from the Law Office of Kristopher Twomey and Carol Lisowski will speak on telecom compliance and the most recent regulatory issues.

Lunch will be served from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Space is filling up quickly – register now to reserve your spot!

WHEN: Monday, October 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WHERE: WISPAPALOOZA, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
FOR: ALL WISPS (you do not have to be a customer to attend)
COST: FREE

Bicom at ITEXPO

itexpoBicom Systems had a great few days at ITEXPO in Ft Lauderdale last week. We met long-term partners, made new connections, had fun, and talked business. We’re already looking forward to ITEXPO 2018 next year.

In addition to our booth and private room, two of our partners hosted booths with gloCOM on display. It was fun to walk around and see the familiar images and faces.

Are you wishing you hadn’t missed ITEXPO? Join us at Channel Partners in less than two months!

Channel Partners will be held in las Vegas from April 10 to 13th. Contact us to learn more and get a pass today!

If you cannot make it to Las Vegas, we will be attending several other conferences in 2017 including:

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2017 Telecom Conferences

ASTRICON 2017Bicom Systems is having a blast at ITEXPO 2017 in Ft Lauderdale today.

We wish you were here!

If you missed ITEXPO, don’t worry – there are still several other telecom conferences coming up in 2017.

Bicom Systems will be attending each of the following this year:

AstriCon 2017
Orlando, October 3-5
Channel Partners 2017
Las Vegas, April 10-13
Wispapalooza 2017
Las Vegas, October 9-12
Telecom Exchange NYC 2017
June 20-21
Telecom Exchange LA 2017
Postponed

Which one will we see you at?

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