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Cradlepoint CEO: Ericsson’s $1.1B Acquisition Will Help Company Compete Against Cisco Meraki

Gina Narcisi

“Cradlepoint provides the most graceful pathway to 5G for enterprise customers that want to pursue an LTE investment today. Cisco Meraki is still generations behind on LTE … With the acquisition by Ericsson … it’s easy to see how we can dramatically improve our lead in 5G,” Cradlepoint CEO George Mulhern told CRN.

How will the combination of Ericsson's equipment with Cradlepoint's wireless solutions further 5G and edge connectivity for enterprise customers?

This acquisition, which does not close until later in Q4 2020, will build on Cradlepoint leadership in the emerging Wireless WAN market. Specific to 5G, many of its disruptive capabilities related to [fixed wireless access] and IoT will require integrating customer edge and carrier core – even more deeply than [Multi-protocol label switching] MPLS does today. It clear that the Ericsson/Cradlepoint combination will be in an excellent spot to lead the market in this area. Of course, Private Cellular Networks will also benefit significantly from an end-to-end solution that spans the EPC (core) to the UC (edge).

 
Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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