Toronto, Ontario — April 26, 2022 — Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today released findings from its annual State of Wireless WAN Report developed in conjunction with IDG. The results find Wireless WAN (WWAN) adoption continues to increase globally, with businesses focused on improving bandwidth and introducing new services.
Additionally, 5G is definitely top of mind as it continues to roll out across the country: More than half of Canadian respondents (54 per cent) indicated they are familiar with 5G and have researched it, while 34 per cent said they are very familiar with 5G and actively working towards it.
A key highlight of the report is the rapid growth of 4G/5G globally, which grew from 41 per cent to 67 per cent in 2021. In Canada, 64 per cent of respondents indicated they are already using 4G/5G for WWAN.
Overall, the progress for 4G and 5G is projected to continue with 68 per cent of all respondents saying they anticipate an increase in 4G/5G WAN links in the next three years.
When asked what was driving the change in usage of different types of WAN links, improving bandwidth and preparing for new services were top of mind for most respondents.
In Canada, the findings show there is much opportunity for growth and adoption, especially at the branch level.
Canadian respondents indicated current 4G/5G connectivity use is spread quite evenly across connecting vehicles (50 per cent), augmenting wired links in a location/branch (50 per cent), connecting other IoT (47 per cent), connecting digital signage (47 per cent) and as a failover link in a location/branch (47 per cent).
Having separate networks for branch and mobile can increase costs and add layers of complexity. Wireless WAN solutions enable agile, secure connectivity to people, places and things anywhere. As 5G continues to roll out across the country, Canadian organizations are in a prime position to take advantage of the benefits Wireless WAN offers, including flexibility and enhanced security.”
Jason Falovo — Vice President and General Manager, Canada, Cradlepoint
In Canada, respondents felt their impediments to deploying 4G/5G were security at 71 per cent (compared to 59 per cent globally) and cost at 65 per cent (compared to 52 per cent globally). Reliability (52 per cent) and complexity (48 per cent) were other impediments cited by Canadian respondents.
To learn more and view the full State of Wireless WAN Report 2022, click here. To learn more about the results from Canada specifically, visit: https://resources.cradlepoint.com/ca-en/report-4g-and-5g-for-wireless-wan-becomes-pervasive-canada
Cradlepoint partnered with IDG to conduct an online survey of 702 IT decision makers in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the U.K. and Australia. The report highlights key findings about what adoption/ implementation of SD-WAN and related technologies looks like in the real world — how organizations considered adoption and how they’ve managed implementation, and results.
Survey respondents were required to have a title of IT manager or higher and work for a company with 50 or more employees. The respondents represented a wide variety of industries, including ﬁnancial services, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, construction, engineering, energy/power/utilities, education and government/public safety.
Cradlepoint enables the freedom to connect people, places, and things that drive more experiences, more ways to work, and better business results — anywhere. The company is a pioneer in Wireless WAN, offering advanced 4G and 5G routers and adapters — controlled through Cradlepoint NetCloud™. Enterprise businesses and public sector agencies rely on Cradlepoint and its Cellular Intelligence to build a reliable, secure network wherever they need it, connecting fixed and temporary sites, vehicles, IoT devices, and remote employees. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Cradlepoint is a subsidiary of Ericsson’s Business Area Technologies and New Businesses division. It has international offices in Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, India, and Latin America. www.cradlepoint.com