This morning at Mobile World Congress Americas, Cradlepoint and Verizon jointly announced the launch of a “Pathway to 5G for Business” program. Highlighted this week by a LIVE panel discussion and enterprise 5G demo at the Verizon booth. The program plans to leverage Verizon’s LTE Advanced technologies and new 5G broadband internet service with Cradlepoint’s wireless network solutions at the customer edge.

Cradlepoint has worked closely with Verizon on early 5G lab deployments and numerous customer trials with our AER2200 serving as the on-premise wireless router. Through the experience gained in these deployments, Cradlepoint has enhanced its NetCloud service, the AER2200 itself, and all future products to be 5G Pathway ReadyTM.

Under this exciting new program, Cradlepoint and Verizon will provide business customers with a 5G trial program based on Verizon’s 5G broadband internet service, Cradlepoint’s NetCloud service, and an AER2200 on-premise wireless router. The AER2200 will provide Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi for site connectivity, unified edge security for direct internet access, and automatic 4G LTE-Advanced fallback to ensure an optimal customer experience. Cradlepoint NetCloud Manager will enable technicians to monitor, manage and troubleshoot the deployments remotely.

Here’s what Verizon, Cradlepoint, and an industry analyst Ovum are saying:

“There is a lot of excitement and anticipation within the business community regarding the transformative role 5G will play in next-generation wide-area networks,” said Justin Blair, Executive Director of Business Products of Verizon. “We’re excited to collaborate with Cradlepoint on their ‘Pathway to 5G for Business’ program and to leverage their enterprise experience with the capabilities of our LTE Advanced and 5G network technologies.”

“From one of the world’s first 4G LTE enterprise network deployments to early 5G customer trials and today’s announcement on developing a ‘Pathway to 5G for Business’ program, Cradlepoint and Verizon have worked together to deliver innovative wireless solutions to business customers,” said George Mulhern, Cradlepoint Chairman and CEO. “Together, we are committed to providing an evolutionary path to 5G that delivers the pervasive connectivity and network agility that enterprises need to embrace digital transformation fully and connect people, places and things.”

“Given their expertise and dominance in the enterprise space for advanced 4G LTE network solutions, Cradlepoint is the best choice to build a ‘Pathway to 5G for Business” program. In the short-term, the B2B market represents one of the most significant opportunities for 5G and this partnership can only speed its development and delivery,” said Mike Sapien, VP and Chief Analyst at OVUM.

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