UScellular Expands Reach in Private Network Market with Cradlepoint Integration

By Greg Tavarez May 22, 2024

Reliable and secure connectivity is no longer a luxury; it's a necessity. Businesses across industries, from manufacturing to logistics, turn to private cellular networks to meet their evolving needs.

These dedicated networks offer a distinct advantage over traditional Wi-Fi – enhanced security, greater scalability and unparalleled speed. An example is a warehouse where every device, from barcode scanners to automated vehicles, operates seamlessly on a secure, high-bandwidth network. 

However, building and managing private networks is not easy. Traditionally, businesses were forced to cobble together solutions from various vendors. To help businesses overcome these hurdles,  UScellular, a full-service wireless carrier, expanded its private cellular network solutions portfolio with the addition of NetCloud Private Networks from Cradlepoint, a subsidiary of Ericsson (News - Alert). This move strengthens UScellular's ability to cater to a wider range of businesses seeking secure and reliable connectivity solutions.

UScellular already offers private cellular network options through Ericsson Private 5G and Mission Critical Networks. Solutions include:

  • Public/private hybrid networks: Combines the flexibility of a public network with the security and control of a private network.
  • Mobile virtual network operator models: Allows businesses to operate their own private network under a customized brand.
  • Localized data: Enables on-site data processing for applications that require low latency and minimal reliance on external networks.
  • Custom VPN approaches: Provides secure and encrypted communication channels for business-critical operations.

The integration of NetCloud Private Networks simplifies the deployment and management of private networks by providing an end-to-end solution.

NetCloud Private Networks is an end-to-end solution designed to simplify the building and managing of private cellular networks. It addresses the complexity that often comes with private cellular networks, which typically require piecing together components from various vendors.

NetCloud Private Networks offers a unified approach that includes cellular core, access points, endpoints, private SIMs and network planning software. All these are managed through a single interface, NetCloud Manager, which simplifies deployment, automates tasks, and provides visibility into the network.

NetCloud Private Networks is suitable for organizations that need a more reliable, secure, and scalable wireless network than what traditional Wi-Fi can offer.  This is beneficial in various industries, such as manufacturing, education and healthcare.

"With the addition of NetCloud Private Networks to our portfolio, we can better address business challenges for customers of all sizes to connect business, industry and mission critical applications," said Kim Kerr, senior vice president, enterprise sales and operations for UScellular. "The agility, flexibility and scalability of NetCloud Private Networks helps improve coverage, security, mobility and reliability for applications where Wi-Fi may not be enough."

With its expanded portfolio, UScellular only solidifies its position as a comprehensive provider of private cellular network solutions to help businesses unlock the full potential of next-generation connectivity.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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