Broad Sky Achieves Cradlepoint 5G for Enterprise Branch Specialization

Broad Sky to Support Cradlepoint as a Leading Partner in Bringing 5G for Business to Life.

Broad Sky today announced that it has achieved 5G for Enterprise Branch Specialization from Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions. The 5G for Enterprise Branch Specialization identifies and recognizes partner organizations that are leaders in positioning and selling Cradlepoint’s 5G for business solutions by meeting a series of sales, technical, and business proficiency criteria. 

“We’re pleased to work with Cradlepoint to bring 5G connectivity to our customer base. This achievement serves as a great example of how we are meeting the needs of our enterprise customers and continuing to upgrade our capabilities to ensure their success – before they even know they need it.”

Ron Ireland, president at Broad Sky

By receiving the specialization, Broad Sky will support Cradlepoint’s efforts of selling the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 5G solutions to meet the business imperatives of availability, interoperability, security, and manageability. Enterprise customers look to Broad Sky to ensure that their WAN infrastructures are future-proofed to take advantage of the faster speeds and lower latency of 5G.

“EPIC IO is thrilled to see Broad Sky’s Cradlepoint 5G Status for Enterprise Branch specialization achievement.”

Ken Mills, CEO of EPIC IO Technologies, the parent company of Broad Sky.

“Cradlepoint’s advancements in 5G network edge solutions play a key role in EPIC IO’s strategy to deliver advanced, fully-integrated AI, IoT, and 5G-focused connectivity solutions, globally.”

By combining its NetCloud platform with a clean-sheet-of-paper design for its new 5G modems and antenna systems, Cradlepoint is the first to deliver comprehensive 5G solutions for business. Specific capabilities include combining LTE, Gigabit-Class LTE, and 5G in a single wireless WAN; supporting all 5G spectrums, interoperating with existing customer SD-WAN and router infrastructures; and simplifying the entire network management lifecycle.

“Cradlepoint is committed to leading the evolution of Wireless WAN and 5G and is both the first and best choice for customers in this space,” said Eric Purcell, senior vice president of global partner sales at Cradlepoint. “Our reseller, service provider, and technology partners play a crucial role in this mission. The addition of [insert partner name] to our 5G for Enterprise Branch Specialization program is another important step in leading the path to 5G for business.” 

For more information on [insert partner name]’s work in the industry, please visit [insert relevant partner webpage]. For more on Cradlepoint’s 5G for Enterprise Branch Specialization and the Cradlepoint Partner Program, please visit https://cradlepoint.com/partners/for-partners/.

5G is Here – We Make it Work

For the past several years, telecom experts have discussed and touted the power of 5G Connectivity speeds and how it will revolutionize how we interact with our world. It has received so much attention because the potential benefits of drastically increased network speeds will have a global impact – from bolstering the capabilities of mobile devices for consumers to enabling faster, more efficient data-driven results to guide business decisions. 

The Maturation of the 5G Market

We’ve seen the 5G market gain momentum in the last year or so, with internet service providers (ISPs) such as Verizon, ATT, and T-Mobile announcing nation-wide efforts in building and advancing their networks for 5G technology, as well as the recent spectrum bidding war and results that indicate who will be the early leaders in 5G.

Per our recent blog post – The Future of 5G Based on the Spectrum Bidding Results – more than a handful of telecom vendors bid more than $81 billion on 5G spectrum, with Verizon and AT&T coming out as clear winners with the most licenses purchased. 

Consumer 5G and Enterprise 5G

As 5G seems to be full steam ahead, it’s important to note that the technology behind consumer 5G and enterprise 5G is very different and will require unique workflows that will impact availability and the adoption timeline. For example, consumer 5G has been ramping up for the last couple of years, with telecom providers like Verizon and AT&T putting significant dollars behind building up their network across the U.S. for customer use.

Can your business get 5G now?  If not yet, here’s the good news!

Technology and device manufacturers are building 5G technology into their enterprise-grade products to take advantage of the updated network, where available. 5G technology is just beginning to hit the enterprise market, and we anticipate accelerated growth as businesses incorporate 5G into their network strategies to gain a competitive advantage in their market.

Broad Sky is connecting a number of businesses that are lucky enough to get enterprise 5G today.  For most customers, however, ultra-fast 4G LTE-A (CAT20) is available now with download speeds ranging from 100-200 Mbps, and for the first time, this technology bonds upload frequencies delivering speeds ranging from 15 – 50 Mbps.

And, the good news is, the 4G/5G router will automatically connect to 5G when it becomes available in your area—future proofing your network for the new era of Wireless Connectivity.

Broad Sky’s First-to-Market Bundled 5G Services

Since Broad Sky’s inception nearly twenty years ago, we have been on the cutting edge of wireless connectivity, and that remains the case as the world of 5G evolves. In Q1 of this year, Broad Sky announced the availability of 4G / 5G dual-radio devices bundled with customized data plans, enabling enterprise customers to realize the true power of this technology.

If Your Wireless Works, Your Business Works

Technology is enabling organizations to push their boundaries and capabilities by making smarter decisions backed by data. It is said that data is an organization’s most precious resource, and if harnessed correctly, could transform any company’s competitive advantage drastically and make them a leader in their given space.

We’re seeing the explosion of artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT being invested in and utilized in nearly every industry. Creating smarter environments through technology that provide these companies with constant insight into how their business and operations are performing is the goal of every modern organization, but it’s often overlooked what really powers these solutions: wireless connectivity.

Without the ability to send information in near real-time due to blazing fast network connectivity, none of these next-gen solutions would be possible.

High-speed wireless technology

As we’re approaching the advent of 5G technology and speeds, one of the highlighted benefits available for the enterprise is its high bandwidth and low latency. This combination will further the exploration of building and implementing innovative business services and solutions into the marketplace.

Broad Sky has been a leader in high-speed wireless technology and solutions since its inception nearly 20 years ago. While our tagline is “We Make Wireless Work,” the simple truth is that we make everything work. For example, the last several years have been focused on delivering breakthrough wireless internet to power machine learning, IoT, and other smart solutions to support business needs.

Last December, Broad Sky was acquired by IntelliSite’s parent corporation, EPIC IO. IntelliSite is a leader in providing AI-enabled IoT and smart solutions, which strategically positions Broad Sky with REALLY making IoT and AI work for our existing customers and prospects – with access to best-in-class AI+IoT experts and end-to-end intelligent solutions.

We Make Your Business Work

In short, Broad Sky makes everything – wireless, IoT, AI, Smart Solutions, and business – work. These are the topics you can look forward to learning more about:

  • We Make Wireless Work
  • We Make the Path to 5G Work
  • We Make IoT Work
  • We Make AI Work
  • We Make Business Work

We’re excited to dive into this campaign and showcase how Broad Sky’s advanced wireless solutions are driving the enterprise world forward. Until then, read our latest blog post that highlights how companies are using our ultra-fast 4G LTE and 5G wireless for failover solutions and other Wireless WAN applications. 

Brace for Impact – The U.S. Resumes the Race to 5G Wireless

History shows that coordinated, national leadership and spending has a big impact on the economy. Now that the pandemic is slowly receding following the successful vaccine rollout, the next target the government is taking aim at is conquering America’s persistent digital divide. And for businesses, ramping up the race to provide 5G wireless services. 

As the necessity for working remotely eases, industry analysts describe 5G connectivity as the next force multiplier accelerating business digitalization transformation plans across economic sectors. It’s true that many have been predicting 5G6’s mainstream adoption for years — including us in 2019. What’s different this time? One big number—$2 trillion!

Funding for 5G Wireless Services Key Part of ‘Tech New Deal’ 

This 2 trillion refers to President Biden’s request to Congress to fulfill his campaign promise to “Build Back Better.” The administration’s infrastructure bill, nicknamed the “Tech New Deal,” was introduced on March 31st. The proposal includes a $100 billion investment to make high-speed broadband available throughout the country, and “future-proofing” that investment with additional funding allocated to 5G R&D, constructing more 5G wireless networks, cell tower and antenna upgrades, plus reskilling and training programs so technology workers can begin overhauling the country’s transmission and communications network. 

Commentators have noted that Biden’s “Tech New Deal” is the first time that the nation’s digital infrastructure has been cited as a vital public utility, placed on equal footing with the creation and maintenance of the transnational railroad, electrical power grid, clean water resources, and interstate highway system. These bipartisan programs jumpstarted by substantial federal investment, have roots in Congressional legislation stretching back to the 19th and 20th century.

What is 5G Wireless Service? Look to Federal Agencies for Rule Updates

Currently, several federal agencies, including the FCC and the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are examining rule changes that will greatly impact the shape and speed of 5G adoption. 

Last month, we reported on the telecom players who won the FCC’s recent mid-band spectrum auction. This month, the FCC is scaling up efforts to collect and map out broadband availability. Having a publically available, data-driven map is long overdue. It will be a much better resource than drive-by reports by journalists in one of 30 U.S. cities on the state of 5G connectivity. 

Real change is in the air. Newly appointed staffers at the NTIA, long plagued by vacancies and unfilled positions, are rolling up their sleeves, developing market incentives for improved 5G security and guidelines for 5G vendors on open, interoperable architecture. 

Closing the Digital Divide

According to the White House, there are approximately 30 million U.S. households that lack access to broadband connectivity, for either geographic or economic reasons. Another proposed rule change that would impact Smart City initiatives to close the digital divide is transforming parking lots of K-12 schools, libraries, and community-based organizations into Wi-Fi hotspots and digital parks. Additional changes to FCC pricing programs such as modernizing the Universal Service Fund (USF) and E-Rate programs will also expand consumer access to broadband connectivity.

Given the price tag of Biden’s Tech New Deal, these program specifics may seem like small potatoes. The key, however, is that Biden’s action plan is calling for new and innovative public-private partnerships. 

Behind the Growth of Renewable Energy — 4G Wireless Connectivity

This month, Broad Sky is celebrating Earth Day all month long, with a look into how 4G wireless technology has helped green solutions make seismic advances. This week we take a look at renewable energy: solar and wind. 

Renewable energy is the fastest growing energy source in the United States, increasing

100 percent from 2000 to 2018; a pleasant statistic for those who are concerned over the worldwide addiction to fossil fuels, a known producer of carbon dioxide. Carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels accounts for three-quarters of the world’s carbon emissions.  

Rise in Solar

During 2019, just over 2 percent of global electricity came from solar. This rate jumps to 10 percent of generated U.S. electricity today. The growth of the Solar industry can be partially attributed to strong federal policies, the Solar Investment Tax Credit, and now the much anticipated Transportation and Infrastructure bill, which promises to pump more investment into clean energy solutions like solar. 

We would argue that the unsung hero in permitting the swell of remote solar plant sites is advanced wireless connectivity. Solar construction sites, specifically ground-mounted solar panels, are often in remote locations – think of the photos of a sea of solar panels stretching farther than multiple football fields. 

Enabling Remote Construction 

As most anyone who has tried to travel cross-country and seen Big Sky unmarred by telephone poles, these remote areas often have no wired service. To run effectively, solar construction companies must have ultra-fast, maximum bandwidth Internet to run cloud-based software. A feat utterly impossible to achieve without advanced cellular solutions that can secure reliable and redundant connectivity in remote locations. Something that is often achieved through the bundling or bonding of multiple carrier frequencies. 

Often, these large solar construction firms will have up to 35 projects going on at one time. When one project is complete the company picks up and moves to the next. All of their software, hardware, and wireless broadband connectivity must move with them, seamlessly transferring data from one location to the next in real-time. 

Rise in Wind Turbine

Not to be outdone by its sunny cousin, wind energy has grown wings of its own over the past decade. The U.S. wind capacity increased by 166 percent between 2010 and 2021, an average annual increase of 10 percent4.

Like Solar Farms, the location of Wind Turbine farms is often in wide open, remote spaces – where the wind can really whip up some speed, uninterrupted by buildings or other structures. So, it should be no surprise that the top 5 states for wind power generation are:

  1. Texas (17,813 MW)
  2. Iowa (6,212 MW)
  3. California (6,108 MW)
  4. Oklahoma (5,184 MW)
  5. Illinois (3,842 MW)

Critical Connectivity 

Wind Turbines require remote wireless connectivity, not just in their construction, but also in their ongoing function. Similar to Solar Construction, turbine generators are built and maintained onsite. So, like solar construction firms, wind engineers require the same level of high-speed, 4G wireless connectivity and evolving 5G, throughout their build. But the story doesn’t end there. 

Energy companies who build these wind farms will assist their clients by monitoring the level of electricity generated by each turbine. Something that requires a wireless connection to maintain. In addition, the same companies will allow their customers to finance their wind turbines by selling the unused electricity back to the electric company. 

Net Energy Metering laws make these wind farm projects feasible even if a customer’s operation does not run 24 hours a day. When turbine generation exceeds customer demand, or if energy is generated when a customer facility is not running, the excess energy runs back into the grid, and the customer receives a credit from their utility. 

Conversely, when the wind is idle or customer demand exceeds turbine production, the customer buys grid power as usual or a combination of grid and turbine power. The customers’ operations face no power disruption from their wind turbines; the wind turbines and grid operate seamlessly in parallel  — all made possible by always-on, reliable, high-speed, broadband connectivity. 

In Summary, Connectivity Makes Renewable Possible

  • Wireless Connectivity provides ultra-fast, maximum bandwidth to power construction sites that specialize in designing and building solar and wind energy systems—from large, single wind/solar turbines to ground-mounted solar and wind farms. 
  • Bonded wireless speed technology delivers the high bandwidth required by construction companies to run their temporary project sites and move the Internet connectivity to the next site when the project is completed. 
  • 4G wireless connectivity provided Internet access in remote areas to enable power output measurement, maintenance, and real-time performance monitoring.  
  • The ability to effectively monitor and report on power output is required by solar and wind financing companies to effectivity bills for energy services and ensure that the investments in renewable energy infrastructure produce a sustainable ROI. 

We are pleased to play such a big role in the enablement of renewable energy. Perhaps the Earth is pleased as well. 

Join us again next week when we delve into the importance of Water Preservation and the role wireless place in assisting our agricultural farms produce more efficiently. 

The Future of 5G Based on the Spectrum Bidding Results

A few weeks ago we wrote a blog post, “The Future of 5G Will be Shaped by the Mid-Band Spectrum Bidding War,” that took a hard look at the upcoming 5G Spectrum auction and, based on our perspective, shared thoughts and predictions on how we thought things would shake out with the major industry telecom players. 

As a refresher, below are the top-line highlights on how we thought the pieces would fall:

  • Verizon needed the most spectrum in this range; they were historically focused on mmWave.
  • AT&T needed Mid-Band Spectrum but they had to scrape together capital – was it in time and enough?
  • T-Mobile required the least amount of Mid-Band Spectrum, based on their acquisition of Sprint. 

On Wednesday, February 24, the FCC finally announced the winners of the auction. The bidding ended at $81 billion, which is much higher than the FCC originally projected ($20-$30 billion). Below are the results of the top license winners:

  • Verizon: 3,511 licenses
  • AT&T: 1,621 licenses
  • United States Cellular: 254 licenses
  • T-Mobile: 142 licenses
  • Canopy Spectrum: 84 licenses

Broad Sky’s Analysis

The results, for the most part, are in line with what we projected, with a couple of surprises. 

  • Verizon led the pack, spending $45 billion to become the leader in the race for 5G. We knew they had money to spend and they didn’t disappoint. 
  • We were a bit surprised to see AT&T as the runner-up—it appears like they were able to get the capital together and make a competitive bid ($21 billion).
  • United States Cellular licenses keep them in the game as a Tier 2 provider in 5G.
  • T-Mobile was in line with what we had predicted. Based on their Sprint acquisition, they didn’t need a lot. 
  • It is interesting to see investors, like Canopy Spectrum, among the 5G auction winners as they don’t have networks to deploy on. It will be interesting to see if they plan to resell spectrum to the carriers or what other strategies they may have.
  • Additionally, we were surprised to see that Charter/Comcast didn’t get much, if anything, based on Canopy’s 84 licenses (the FCC didn’t share winners outside of the top-5). We thought they would move to buy 5G spectrum to build their own networks.

It’s also important to note that the five satellite providers – Eutelsat, Intelsat, SES, Star One, and Telesat – have agreed to vacate their spectrum in order to receive incentive payments of up 

to $9.7 billion. The FCC has secured commitments from all five of these providers. This process enables the FCC to make C-band spectrum (3.7Ghz band) available for 5G more quickly. 

We expect to see more spectrum become available to the License winners as the Satellite providers transition to 4 Ghz from the C-band. 

Broad Sky continues to analyze the data to determine how much spectrum per location will be deployed by the Carriers who participated. From this data, we hope to draw a model that will represent 5G coverage to be deployed on C-Band – in particular, underserved and rural markets beyond the major Metros.

This is just the beginning of the race to 5G, and we’ll continue to actively monitor and share our perspective on industry news and trends, and how it translates to the future of this technology.

To learn more about Broad Sky’s work in 5G and other next-gen wireless connectivity solutions, we invite you to visit our LinkedIn page, or connect with Beau Barker, VP of Technology at Broad Sky, to get started today!

Wireless powers business apps- SD-WAN, VoIP, VPN and more!

Today we’re asking more and more of our enterprise networks – support reliable access to a large number of cloud apps and connect all our IoT devices and branch offices. Oh, and we also want fast speeds for remote workers while keeping our data secure at all times. Whew!

That’s quite a list of demands. Luckily, software-defined and LTE-pervasive wide-area networks (WANs) have stepped up to the plate. But some business leaders remain skeptical. So, beyond the hype, is wireless WAN really ready for the big leagues? Can cellular-based connections support mission-critical business applications? What about running Unified Communication (UC) platforms or VoIP? Or can they support Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to secure corporate data and applications? The answer is simple – yes, and yes. Check out these results from Cradelepoint’s recent State of the WAN report for evidence playing out in the enterprise. (Source: Cradlepoint).

  • 52% of the organizations surveyed are leveraging cellular connections, including 4G LTE today are using it as a primary connection. Moreover, 29% plan to shortly.
  • 45% of organizations rely on LTE for mobile offices in vehicles.
  • 33% of organizations are actively working toward using 5G for enterprise networking.

At Broad Sky Networks, we want to set the record straight about 4G LTE and cellular-based SD-WAN. If your customers are curious about the changing role of wireless WANs, consider these key points.

  • Wireless WANs, VPNs, and VoIP – Because an SD-WAN is a virtualized WAN, the technology ‘bonds’ transport links between sites using the best path available to route traffic – T1, DSL, or a wireless 4G LTE connection. The appliance finds the ideal route suited for the application, including for VPN and VoIP, based on QoS requirements and other user-defined protocols. These capabilities mean companies can take advantage of uninterrupted real-time data transmission in 4G LTE wireless networks to run business-critical applications with confidence.
  • Wireless networks for failover or primary connections – It used to be that wireless service was a ‘second tier’ connection with users experiencing frequent dropped calls, or down service. Today, however, wireless networks consistently deliver excellent speed and reliability. Cellular connections are also immune to instances where wired lines get cut, or ripped out accidentally. Another benefit is that wireless connections are resilient and generally available during inclement weather, unlike wired connections. Today, in many cases, customers are often reporting better speeds and performance of 4G LTE, compared to wired connections like T1, DSL or cable internet, making wireless ideal for both primary or secondary links.
  • Launching IoT and M2M deployments –  Whether it’s digital signage, security cameras, ATMs, or remote monitoring sensors, today’s IoT and M2M deployments are anywhere and everywhere. The good news is that these deployments help organizations seize new business opportunities, streamline operations, and reduce costs. The challenging part is keeping these devices connected to the internet cost-effectively and reliably. 4G LTE wireless links are the ideal counterpart for connected devices because they provide the visibility, security, and control that IoT requires, minus high costs and complexity.
  • Don’t forget about branch networking – In a distributed branch office environment, nearly all tools and applications now require an internet connection. Mobile workers and branch offices also need internet access quickly, and they don’t have time to wait weeks or months for connections to get installed. 4G LTE-enabled branch routers meet all of these goals, plus many are plug-and-play, with cloud-based configuration capabilities. Cellular-based connections also minimize the need for branch networks to rely on several regional ISPs for connectivity, making vendor management less of a hassle.

What’s coming with 4G LTE and 5G?

At a time when businesses are requiring more and more bandwidth for mobile connectivity and cloud-based apps, wireless WANs are a welcome shift from traditional networking. SD-WAN and wireless networks are now advanced enough to meet companies’ growing demands –  connecting people, places, and things so businesses can continue to innovate.

Looking ahead, Gigabit-class LTE is bringing even higher-speeds and lower-latency connections. These characteristics make Gigabit-class LTE an essential building block to 5G. If you’d like help talking to your customers about the benefits of 4G LTE – and soon to be 5G – talk to Broad Sky Networks! We’ll break down a plan for augmenting traditional MPLS-only WANs with wireless connections – either as a failover or primary link – without reinventing the wheel. We know the ins and outs of 4G LTE and wireless SD-WAN, so we can help customers make the decision that’s best for them. Don’t wait! Your customers will high-five you!

Extreme 25 Business Satellite

Today, enterprises rely on high-speed internet to support a dynamic and productive workforce. Employees require fast and extremely reliable access to all those applications that drive the business forward and help employees meet and exceed customer expectations. From email and SaaS applications, to inventory, point-of-sale applications and time and attendance solutions hosted in the cloud, each has become a critical driver of business productivity wherever business gets done. Not only that, Unified Communication and Collaboration (UC&C) applications, that enable file sharing, VoIP phone access, and video and audio conferencing bring teams together to support better decision making and better customer service.

However, getting reliable broadband internet with redundancy and backup options can be a challenge for those remote organizations doing business outside of the city limits. Business with dispersed offices and those that are out of the reach of fiber and cable or those limited by slow DSL need an alternative. Luckily there’s a next-generation option: high-speed business satellite services. Extreme 25 Business Satellite from Broad Sky Networks is a game changer for organizations across the U.S. because it offers speeds up to 25 Mbps x 3 Mbps as well as large data plans that can keep pace with the need for always-on internet connectivity. Broad Sky can also offer free equipment and installation for qualifying plans.

Take a fresh look at business satellite:

  • Perfect for remote offices– professional satellite installation is ideal for office buildings, gas stations, strip malls, restaurantss, warehouses, oil and green energy deployments or any business outside of the big city. Extreme 25 offers fast download speeds and upload speeds of 3 Mbps. Satellite connectivity and built-in path diversity also ensures a reliable and agile connection that can handle spikes in traffic. Extreme 25 also has back-ups in place because access runs over a hybrid of broadband satellite connections. This eliminates downtime and ensures business doesn’t stop just because one internet connection is out.
  • Reliable, always-on internet– A wide array of high-capacity satellites, including EchoStar XVII and EchoStar XIX use JUPITER™ high-throughput technology to optimize internet speed and performance for a fast, reliable internet experience on every application.
  • Big data plans– Advanced business satellite internet keeps business connected and growing with large daytime data options, even those over 500 GBs of data, and a large amount of anytime data that’s available 24/7. There’s also no hard data limits. Meaning, even if a customer exceeds their data limit because of several data intensive applications that month, connectivity won’t be cut off and costs won’t skyrocket. Instead, teams will stay connected and can use internet at reduced speeds until the next billing cycle. Broad Sky is able to offer customer large usage plans, higher than available from other providers. Free Equipment and Installation for qualifying plans, virtually eliminating CAPEX upfront.
  • Wi-Fi ready– With built-in Wi-Fi capabilities users can also connect wireless devices to business applications from wherever they are working. Whether for voice, data or broadband or video, advanced satellite internet delivers mobility options that today’s most competitive business demand. The satellite solution comes with an integrated Wi-Fi Modem that includes a modem Wi-Fi router. Dual-band 802.11ac technology delivers a strong, secure wireless connection across the business so users can use smart phones, mobile devices, tablets and laptops to access the applications they need most, whether they are accepting payment from a customer or re-ordering supplies from a supplier. *WiFi option can also be disabled if desired.

Today organizations with remote offices are no longer left with the tough decision of either costly T1 lines or slow DSL connections. Advanced satellite technology offered from Broad Sky networks can help businesses go confidently after new business and reach new customers, with reliable, always-on internet. If you’d like to learn more about how Broad Sky Networks Extreme 25 high-speed satellite internet can transform your business, email (sales@broadskynetworks.net) us or give us a call at (877) 291-9575.

4 Benefits of Cradlepoint’s NetCloud

At a time when companies are embracing the cloud model and remote workers are more reliant on mobile connectivity than ever before, IT administrators are looking for new ways to build a truly connected enterprise while keeping costs in check. To get there, many companies are turning to next-generation cloud services and WAN solutions. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and virtualization technologies are stepping up to fill this connectivity gap and in doing so they are transforming how business gets done.  

SD-WAN has been proven to reduce the cost and complexity of traditional LAN enterprise networks by automating the configuration of WAN routes. This traffic-steering capability optimizes pathways and reduces reliance on private IP connections. It does this by aggregating the best available connections at any given time. That means with an SD-WAN solution, connections are run over a hybrid of broadband options, from MPLS and broadband to 4G/LTE and even Wi-Fi networks. As a result, SD-WAN powered by software can deliver even more reliable and nimble connections that can handle spikes in demand and the need for always-on connectivity.

Those looking to reduce network complexity, hardware and operational costs, should consider cloud-based SD-WAN services which are taking software-defined WAN even further. Cradlepoint’s NetCloud model, for example, is a game changer because it combines a Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform that leverages cloud, SDN and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies together with an Enterprise Cloud Manager platform. What does it all mean for you?

It means simplified cloud-based SDN management and zero-touch deployment of 4G LTE-enabled routers and wired and wireless broadband networks. These more adaptive networks offer best in class SD-WAN functionality, managed global network connectivity and more enterprise visibility, security and control.  Before making a move, review these benefits:  

  • Full BYOD, branch office, remote worker and M2M support- In 2020, IDC expects that 72% of the U.S. workforce will be mobile.That number is huge! That’s 105.4 million mobile workers in less than five years (Source: IDC). That means the need for secure and seamless mobile connectivity is more important than ever. Because NetClould’s model offers virtual cloud network with LAN emulation, enterprises can support this new mobile era with 4GLTE, SD-WAN and cloud services. This is ideal for those that require multi-WAN environments that use one or more LTE and Wi-Fi-as-WAN connections. From wherever work is being done, users will have the ability to gain fast access to all the tools they need, from any device. This could includes apps like unified communication and collaboration tools (UC&C), GSuite from Google, DropBox, POS systems and Office 365. Also, ‘things’ like kiosks, cameras, sensors and other Internet of Things (IOT) devices can be connected to the virtual cloud network and can be managed by the NetCloud Manager efficiently, saving potentially 90% compared to traditional MPLS connections.

 

  • Subscription-based services lower Capex and Opex- Because the NetCloud Engine requires no additional hardware or configuration, it can scale up and down instantly without making expensive hardware investments. It also reduces complexity because networks are self-organizing and self-healing with orchestration and automation capabilities. SD-WAN traffic steering capabilities mean smarter WAN selection (SWANS) based on application performance and quality of service (QoS). The secret is that the connection manager allows for granular control of when, why and how wireless WAN connections are utilized, which allows for load sharing and failover protection.

 

  • Single-pane-of-glass management- Cradlepoint’s Enterprise Cloud Manager enables zero-touch deployment for rapid installation and remote management of multi-WAN branch and IoT gateways. This means IT administrators can quickly configure and scale networks across branch offices. They can also deliver mobile connectivity in vehicles (i.e. mobile police force or delivery vehicles) or for remote users. The cloud-based management module also extends management capabilities to any primary router. Admins can perform remote diagnostics and monitor 3G/4G data usage. Users can set up application-aware policies and prepare proactive alerts regarding modem connectivity issues, data usage, failed login attempts, modem removal and unauthorized users or configuration changes. These security and management capabilities also improve the user experience, because connections are monitored from an adaptive QoS point of view.

 

  • Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) reduces complexity and improves security-Delivered as NaaS model, the NetCloud Engine is fueled by network and service virtualization software and powered by cloud infrastructure. That means customers can spin up virtual networks quickly. That virtual network then works just like a virtual LAN switch in the cloud, with the same level of utility and security of traditional LANs. A cloud-based SDN model is more secure because data is encrypted in transit and includes private IP address space. The NetCloud Engine expands the Active Directory (AD) domain to wherever work is being done.

Today’s smartest enterprises employ a truly global and mobile workforce that requires anytime-and-anywhere access to VPNs, applications, data and innovative collaboration tools. This climate requires a more intelligent and responsive network that delivers secure LAN-like connectivity, without the hassle, cost and complexity of traditional private network connections. Those networks delivered as-a-service that are software-defined and cloud-based like NetCloud delivered by Broad Sky Networks, meet these challenges and provide the ultimate level of network visibility, security and control.
If you’d like to learn more about how Broad Sky Networks and Cradlepoint’s NetCloud can help your business thrive, email info@broadskynetworks.net or give us a call at (877) 291-9575.

ZeroOutages Partners with Broad Sky Networks for Wireless Connectivity

ZeroOutages (www.zeroutages.com) an industry leading supplier of SD-WAN services, and Broad Sky Networks (www.broadskynetworks.net), a Managed Service Provider of LTE based wireless internet, today announced their partnership to offer the ZeroOutages SD-WAN solution for wireless internet failover, primary internet, and out of band management.

This strategic partnership focuses on supporting ZeroOutages’ strategy, providing the best possible connection quality via fiber, cable, copper, or wireless connectivity. Broad Sky Networks’ router based connectivity provides real time diagnostics of signal quality, dual sim/dual carrier coverage, and the newest frequency aggregation “CAT6 LTE” which supports the highest speeds available from the major wireless providers.

“ZeroOutages SD-WAN enables the highest possible quality of service using its intelligent link aggregation and best path routing functionality,” stated Daren French, VP of Development for Zero Outages. “With Broad Sky Networks, we wanted to make available wireless connectivity that matched that singular focus on best in class connectivity and speed.”

“We’re excited to be part of the ZeroOutages solution for SD-WAN,” remarked Mike Mudd, President of Broad Sky Networks. “14 years of delivering wireless solutions has taught us that quality and design matter. Customers will notice the performance difference on our router powered wireless solution, providing the speed and reliability they need to run their business.”

ZeroOutages’ SD-WAN solutions include unique and patent-intelligent WAN routing with Site2Site and Dynamic Throttling technology that surpasses standard link QoS in order to deliver the highest possible throughput and quality on any Internet connection.

Broad Sky Networks Router Based connectivity for wireless delivers frequency aggregation on the new LTE-A platform and proven industrial grade routers supporting VPN tunneling, VoIP calling, and highly secure transactions.

The service is available today by combining ZeroOutages with Broad Sky Networks as an integrated service offering.
About Broad Sky Networks
Broad Sky is dedicated to providing cost-effective, timely and reliable solutions. We engineer the very best network service providers, hardware vendors and cloud services into robust solutions specific for each of our clients’ M2M/IoT requirements for primary or redundant connectivity. Simply said, Broad Sky puts more 9’s in your network uptime because they live and breathe wireless services.

About ZeroOutages
ZeroOutages is the world’s first carrier neutral managed service provider for WAN circuits. Providing Network Monitoring, QoS Optimization, and Redundancy for Internet and wide-area-network links. ZeroOutages ensures uptime for our customers through an array of patented WAN management tools.