Ericsson has agreed to acquire Cradlepoint, a provider of wireless edge WAN 4G and 5G enterprise solutions. It says the investment is key to its ongoing strategy of capturing market share in the rapidly expanding 5G enterprise space. The two companies have collaborated for more than a decade, starting with the launch of 4G in the U.S. market.
Cradlepoint will become a fully owned subsidiary of Ericsson while continuing to operate under its existing brand. Cradlepoint employees will remain within the company, headquartered in Boise, Idaho. It will be part of Ericsson’s business area technologies & new businesses. Founded in 2006, Cradlepoint has more than 650 employees and also operates a research and development center in Silicon Valley, California, as well as offices in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Börje Ekholm, president and CEO, Ericsson, said, “The acquisition of Cradlepoint complements our existing offerings and is key to our strategy of helping customers grow the value of their 5G network investments. Ericsson is uniquely positioned to build on Cradlepoint’s leadership position in wireless edge and the wireless WAN market. Combining the scale of our market access and established relationships with the world’s biggest mobile operators we are making a strong investment to support our customers to grow in this exciting market. I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all Cradlepoint employees.”
George Mulhern, CEO and chairman of Cradlepoint (pictured above), added, “We have led the way in bringing the power of cellular networks and technologies to enterprise and public sector customers – helping them connect beyond the limits of traditional wired WANs. Ericsson with its global 5G leadership is a great match for us and I am very excited to continue to scale and expand our business together.”
The combined offering will create valuable new revenue streams for customers by supporting full 5G-enabled services for enterprise, and boost returns on investments in the network.
The acquisition price amounts to an enterprise value of USD 1.1 b. with the transaction expected to close before the end of Q4 2020, subject to closing conditions. The purchase price, which is funded from Ericsson’s cash-in-hand, will be paid in full on closing.
Wireless wide area network (wireless WAN) edge solutions connect through 4G and 5G to deliver fast, secure, and flexible connectivity wherever and whenever it is needed for businesses, mobility and critical frontline emergency services. Cradlepoint’s subscription model combines cloud-delivered software with hardware endpoints, support and training.