State of the WAN

2019 State of the WAN Report: The Continued Rise of Wireless in Enterprise Networking

The demands placed on today’s networks are higher than ever. Employees access an ever-increasing number of cloud-based applications. More and more organizations are adding Internet of Things (IoT) devices to their networks to stay competitive. And for companies with fleet vehicles, constant connectivity is a must.

In fact, as more traffic travels over the public internet, the requirements of enterprise networks extend beyond 24x7 reliability to networks that can scale, adapt, move, and grow as business needs evolve.

As a result, many organizations are turning to cloud-enabled, software-defined, and LTE-pervasive wide-area networks (WANs). Adept at connecting people, places, and things, wireless links can meet today’s branch, mobile, and IoT requirements by adding LTE to existing wired connections as a failover, augmenting traditional WAN links with additional bandwidth, and extending network connectivity to fleet and public safety vehicles.

Cradlepoint partnered with IDG in late 2018 to survey 505 IT decision-makers (vice presidents, directors, and managers) in North America. This report delves into the survey’s key findings to determine the changing role of LTE in the enterprise and what the future holds for network connectivity.

Key Findings Include:

  • More than half (52%) of organizations that leverage LTE use it as a primary connection, and 29% plan to in the near future.
  • Nearly half (45%) of organizations rely on LTE for mobile offices in vehicles.
  • One-third (33%) of organizations are actively working toward using 5G for enterprise networking.
  • On average, organizations have 2.7 types of LTE endpoints, including branch locations (77%), IoT devices (68%), fleet vehicles (51%), and pop-up networks (50%). Nearly a quarter (22%) of respondents have all these endpoints.