Cradlepoint’s 2020 State of the Wireless WAN report, based on a survey compiled of 194 senior business executives and IT managers within UK Organisations with 100 employees or more, confirms that the era of Wireless WAN has firmly arrived and is the critical infrastructure in driving innovation. This includes 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. Key findings from the report are as follows:
- 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. According to the results, over three-quarters (84%) of UK companies plan to use LTE to provide WAN or internet connectivity.
- Bandwidth is another significant factor in the increased use of Wireless WAN links. More than half (51%) of UK respondents said bandwidth is a reason for adopting broadband, while 43% said it was a reason for choosing LTE. This reflects the trend of today’s cellular networks approaching fibre-fast speeds and providing rapid deployment capabilities that are unparalleled.
- The results also show that UK companies believe in the promise of 5G, with more than two-thirds (67%) either confident or very confident 5G will deliver business benefits within the next year. In addition, 4 out of 5 companies (81%) believe 5G will deliver increased WAN speeds within the next year, and two-thirds (66%) think it will provide improved reliability.
- Looking further ahead, two-thirds (66%) of UK companies plan to increase their use of 5G WAN links at existing locations over the next 3 years. In addition, 7 out of 10 (71%) either use or plan to use LTE/5G connectivity as the only link in a branch, a figure which rises to 85% amongst companies with fewer than 5,000 employees.
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 currently 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,” says Donna Johnson, Vice President of Product and Solution Marketing at Cradlepoint. “With the emergence of 5G bringing faster speeds and smarter cellular networks, the ascension of Wireless WAN as critical infrastructure is inevitable.”