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Telstra Teams With Cradlepoint On Market For 5G Edge Devices

Telstra has announced – at a Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles – a partnership with Cradlepoint to develop 5G technology for deployment on customers’ premises to provide “the performance, security and management that businesses demand”.

Under the partnership, Telstra and Cradlepoint will collaborate to develop an integrated 5G modem and edge router based on Cradlepoint’s NetCloud platform.

This will will “work seamlessly” with Telstra’s 5G mobile technology.

The two say business customers require a different approach to customer edge from consumers – one with greater manageability, security and reliability, and one that fits within their overall wide-area network architectures, including SD-WAN.

Cradlepoint NetCloud is described as “a software-defined modem WAN with complete lifecycle management, robust edge security and SD-WAN traffic management for optimal performance and reliability”.

No indication of availability has been given.

However, the joint press release quotes Ovum analyst Mike Sapien as saying that: “5G for business is developing into a massive market opportunity for wireless operators”.

“Cradlepoint is a first-mover in collaborating with carriers and ecosystem partners to develop ‘5G for Business’ solutions and the new business models needed to break this market open in 2020″.

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