Network operators are squarely positioned to lead the way in delivering fully managed Wireless WAN services for businesses
According to market research firm MarketsandMarkets, the managed network services market continues to grow at an exponential rate and is expected to reach $71.6 billion in 2025. Research shows that managed services can help businesses improve operational efficiency and reduce operating expenses, enabling them to more effectively focus valuable and limited internal IT resources on core competencies or strategic transformational projects. According to research firm Morodor Intelligence, successful deployment of a managed services model can help businesses reduce IT cost by as much as 45% and increase operational efficiency anywhere from 45% to 65%.
Additionally, with the increased focus on cost management, companies can maximize the benefit of outsourcing to managed service providers to reduce their overall number of suppliers while minimizing upfront capital expense.
Wireless WAN as a managed service
The benefits of an outsourced IT managed services model can be a clearly compelling proposition for businesses and are key factors in the forecasted growth for the managed network services market. A managed network service model enables businesses to optimize their internal resource allocation and utilization to improve overall operational efficiency and profitability.
As a result, businesses are now showing interest in options to extend those benefits to their Wireless WAN infrastructures. They’ve recognized that thousands of cellular routers and adapters can be deployed in a fraction of the time of a traditional wireline installation, configured remotely, and centrally managed, all without the need for onsite IT staff.
Additionally, the managed Wireless WAN model can be an ideal fit for organizations looking to take advantage of Wireless WAN technology in an OpEx fashion, whether it’s a new deployment or an upgrade of an existing SD-WAN infrastructure.
Network operators and managed Wireless WAN
As network operators continue to build out their solution portfolios, they are uniquely positioned to deliver the benefits of managed services to Wireless WAN solutions. Managed Wireless WAN extends the value of their network with LTE and 5G wireless edge solutions that solve for common connectivity challenges across a wide array of use cases for businesses of all sizes and all sectors.
Unlike many emerging providers, network operators have already made the investments in infrastructure necessary to deliver end-to-end managed Wireless WAN services. They deliver 4G LTE or 5G wide-area connectivity today, have deep networking expertise with the resources to provide 24x7 technical support, and have the ability to provide consolidated billing for organizations looking to extend their network edge in a cost-effective and scalable fashion.
Telstra leads the way down under
Telstra, a leading telecommunications provider in Australia, recently announced the launch of a fully managed 5G network access solution leveraging the Telstra 5G wideband network and Wireless WAN technology. Telstra Managed Network Service enables businesses to purchase wideband adapters with Telstra Adaptive Mobility plans and offers customers the ability to view and manage devices with Telstra providing installation, configuration changes, proactive monitoring with alerts and software upgrades. Telstra’s managed Wireless WAN solution is a notable example of a network operator evolving its business models to address the fixed wireless access connectivity needs of business customers.
Network operators rely on Cradlepoint
As network operators expand their business solution portfolios, they are looking to Cradlepoint to power their managed Wireless WAN service offerings. With Cradlepoint’s portfolio of purpose-built cellular routers and adapters combined with the NetCloud platform for cloud-based network management, network operators have the ability to provide an end-to-end managed Wireless WAN service to address a wide array of branch office, home office, mobile, in-vehicle, and IoT use cases.
With Cradlepoint, network operators have the flexibility to scope, deploy, and remotely manage a solution and provide it to businesses in a predictable, monthly recurring fashion. Additionally, with the Cradlepoint portfolio of both LTE and 5G routers and adapters, network operators have the flexibility needed to provide the right solution depending on their customers’ unique needs.