Ericsson Private Network Portfolio Leads in Solution Choice

A range of enterprises and industries are set to benefit from a significant expansion in the Ericsson Private Network portfolio with the addition of an IT-focused offering from Ericsson subsidiary, Cradlepoint.

Called NetCloud Private Networks, the software-defined solution is a complete subscription-based offering with an initial focus on traditionally lean IT-oriented enterprises, including the logistics, light manufacturing, government, large retail, health care and hospitality sectors.

NetCloud Private Networks initially targets the United States market via the CBRS spectrum.

Ericcson claims the addition of NetCloud Private Networks means it has the most comprehensive Private Network portfolio in the industry as enterprises and industries worldwide embrace digitalization and the “fourth industrial revolution.”

Will Townsend, a senior analyst for carrier and enterprise networking at Moor Insights, said, “Whether you’re a company deploying a private cellular network or a communications service provider reselling a private network solution, having a vendor that can address a broad set of use cases is paramount. Ericsson is focused on creating a broad portfolio of private network solutions that address the diverse needs of IT and OT buyers – addressing simple to more complex environments.”

Cradlepoint CEO George Mulhern – who also is Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Enterprise Wireless Solutions for Ericsson – added, “This new launch from Cradlepoint, and its addition to the Ericsson Private Networks portfolio is another milestone in the successful integration of Cradlepoint into Ericsson. Ericsson has strengthened its leadership position in offering private cellular network solutions that address multiple use cases in enterprises of any size, and across many industries. Customers will benefit from our breadth of capabilities as they pursue wireless-driven digitalization and next-generation connectivity innovation.”

Mulhern continued, “NetCloud Private Networks is specifically focused on the unique requirements of IT organizations looking for a software-defined solution that leverages their network investments, brings enterprise-class security, enables plug-n-play deployments, and is simple to manage.”

With the addition of NetCloud Private Networks, the Ericsson Private Network portfolio now consists of:

  • Cradlepoint NetCloud Private Networks – Available through select Cradlepoint channel partners, the solution includes everything needed to build and operate a private cellular network. It includes simplified and cloud-native operations via NetCloud Manager, scalability, plug-and-play deployment, and zero-trust access.
  • Ericsson Private 5G – Available since 2021, through Ericsson channels, with deployments across several industrial sectors including manufacturing, ports, mining, energy, airports, oil and gas, Ericsson Private 5G is a next-generation private cellular 4G and 5G networking solution tailored to drive Industry 4.0 and business transformation for enterprise and industrial companies.
  • Cradlepoint Private Network Endpoints – Cradlepoint provides a comprehensive selection of private network-compatible cellular endpoints that allow enterprises to connect devices to any 4G or 5G network, including Ericsson Private Network solutions.
  • Ecosystem Partners – Ericsson and Cradlepoint have a dynamic ecosystem with easy-to-integrate solutions that facilitate digitalization, such as devices to connect and automate operations, sensors for data capture and analytics, and smart tools to augment the workforce to become more productive – purpose-built for industry verticals.

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