Boise, Idaho – May 5, 2021 – Cradlepoint, a global leader in cloud-delivered 4G and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today unveiled its second-generation 5G product portfolio at its 2021 Virtual Global Partner Summit. The comprehensive, global product launch spans low-band to millimeter-wave solutions and external adapters to integrated 5G routers, all with a clean-slate design to support the full speed and capabilities of 5G. Cradlepoint is a cellular technology innovator shipping its second-generation 5G solutions before most companies have announced their first, giving its global channel partners a head start in the lucrative Wireless WAN and 5G market opportunity.
The need for agile, fast, and reliable wireless connectivity within the enterprise wide-area network (WAN) is exploding as businesses continue to undergo digital transformation and accelerate the adoption of the cloud, mobile, and IoT technology that enables it. According to IDC, the Wireless WAN market opportunity will approach $3.0B by 2024, with public 5G growing at almost 130% CAGR. Today's announcement cements Cradlepoint’s position as a market leader in enterprise Wireless WAN and 5G and solution-provider-of-choice for channel partners — carriers, managed service providers, alliance partners, resellers, and integrators want to be at the forefront of this massive opportunity.
“Network providers and their partners have only scratched the surface in terms of the possibilities that can be enabled through 5G networks,” said Cindy Whelan, practice leader enterprise networks & wholesale at OMDIA. “As with every technology cycle, enterprise organizations seek out trusted partners to help them assess requirements, determine the right solution, and find strategic vendors that can deliver the most efficient, effective solutions. With the company’s move towards its second-generation 5G platform, Cradlepoint brings proven experience that bolsters its position as a trusted partner helping the enterprise navigate 5G business transformation opportunities.
Cradlepoint’s second-generation 5G product portfolio will commence shipping this month and roll out globally over the next 90 days based on the completion of carrier certifications.
Cradlepoint has developed high-performing wireless edge routers for 5G branch and mobile use cases and a 5G modular modem that is field-upgradable:
The W-Series 5G Wideband Adapters offer an Ethernet-remotable 5G modem and antenna system that supports the entire 5G spectrum with the ultimate deployment flexibility. Customers can pair an adapter with a Cradlepoint or third-party router and achieve optimal 5G reception anywhere using standard Power Over Ethernet (PoE) cabling.
Cradlepoint started investing millions into 5G research and prototyping in 2018, working directly with Qualcomm and a leading Original Device Manufacturer (ODM). This investment led to introducing the world’s first 5G for Business solution in July 2020 with Telstra and Taylor Construction, delivering over 400 Mbps to a construction site. The company used its three-year head start to perfect 5G hardware designs, help advance 5G global modem modules, which the company adopted in its second generation, and enhance its NetCloud platform.
Massive market opportunities will attract attention from every networking vendor, but not all solutions will be the same. Many will choose to enter the market by simply slapping a radio on a legacy platform. That did not work for Wireless LANs, and it will not work for 5G and Wireless WANs either. Enterprises will demand robust solutions that bring together purpose-built hardware and software to create a secure, controllable, and manageable infrastructure.
“Like SD-WAN a decade ago, Cradlepoint recognized early the role 5G would play in WAN transformation and invested in leading the market,” said George Mulhern, CEO at Cradlepoint. “I’m pleased to say that, because of our foresight and investment, our customers and partners can embrace 5G with confidence today as we launch our second-generation enterprise 5G solutions – addressing every flavor of 5G in every part of the world.”
Refer to the chart below for Cradlepoint 5G product availability details:
To learn more about Cradlepoint’s 5G product portfolio and start a trial today, visit /products/5g-for-business/
Cradlepoint is a global leader in cloud-delivered 4G and 5G wireless network edge solutions. Cradlepoint’s NetCloud™ platform and cellular routers deliver a pervasive, secure, and software-defined Wireless WAN edge to connect people, places, and things – anywhere. More than 25,000 businesses and government agencies worldwide, including many Global 2000 organizations and top public sector agencies, rely on Cradlepoint to keep mission-critical sites, points of commerce, field forces, vehicles, and IoT devices always connected. Cradlepoint was founded in 2006, acquired by Ericsson in 2020, and operates today as a standalone subsidiary within Ericsson’s Business Area Technologies and New Businesses. Cradlepoint headquarters is in Boise, Idaho, with development centers in Silicon Valley and India and international offices in the UK and Australia.