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Survey: Businesses are all in on Wireless WAN

September 1, 2020

Cradlepoint, a global player in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, has released findings from its annual State of Wireless WAN Report, compiled by IDG. The results confirm that the era of Wireless WAN has firmly arrived and is the critical infrastructure in driving innovation, including playing a role in business recovery from the pandemic. The survey findings demonstrate confidence and excitement for 5G, pointing to increasing adoption in the coming year.

“Having a secure, flexible, and reliable WAN edge is more critical to business success than ever,” says Donna Johnson, Vice President of Product and Solution Marketing at Cradlepoint. “As organisations look to adapt to a new normal and get back to business, Wireless WAN solutions uniquely enable network agility while enhancing security and scale.”

Traditional wired WANs are complex, slow to adapt, and applicable to only fixed locations. As businesses reinvent the way they serve their customers, they are increasingly turning to Wireless WAN technology to connect people, places, and things anywhere.

The agility required by pandemic-hastened business transformation and the growing number of connected devices are the top reasons businesses are turning to Wireless WAN solutions.

Bandwidth is another significant factor in the increased use of Wireless WAN links. 57 per cent of respondents said bandwidth is a reason for adopting broadband, and 49 per cent said it was a reason for choosing LTE. Today’s cellular networks are approaching fiber-fast speeds and provide rapid deployment capabilities that are unparalleled.

As businesses scramble to create new services and find new ways to engage and serve their customers, WAN flexibility is essential. 51 per cent cited the flexibility of LTE to enable new services as a top reason for turning to Wireless WAN solutions.

78 per cent of companies surveyed either use or plan to use LTE to provide WAN or internet connectivity to at least some locations, but the use of LTE is also expanding beyond just the branch. 53 per cent of companies are using it to connect in-vehicle networks, and 77 per cent are connecting IoT devices. Additionally, 40 per cent of respondents are using LTE to connect fixed locations, vehicles, and IoT, making LTE the top choice for connecting people, places, and things across the rapidly expanding WAN edge. This metric helps explain why 62 per cent of enterprises plan to increase their use of LTE in the next three years.

IT decision-makers believe in the promise of 5G, with 67 per cent either confident or very confident 5G will deliver business benefits within the next year. 82 per cent believe 5G will deliver increased WAN speeds within the next year, and 66 per cent think it will provide improved reliability.

Cradlepoint provides enterprise and government organisations with a clear pathway to 5G and has delivered the world’s first and most comprehensive 5G WAN edge solution for business. 5G solutions are available through Telstra in Australia, with additional carrier partners and markets to be announced later in 2020.

“It’s no secret that the ongoing pandemic has forced businesses to be more innovative and creative than ever, and Wireless WAN has proven to be a critical enabler,” Johnson says. “With the emergence of 5G bringing faster speeds and smarter cellular networks, the ascension of Wireless WAN as critical infrastructure is inevitable.”

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