RESEARCH PAPER: Converged 5G WAN Edge: The Intersection Of 5G, SD-WAN And Zero Trust Security

By Will Townsend, Patrick Moorhead - November 1, 2022

Cellular networking continues to gain momentum within the enterprise. The promise of improved propagation, performance, and ultra-low latency with 5G will have a transformative impact across a range of use cases, especially in operational technology (OT) environments. With the prevailing economics of unlicensed spectrum and brownfield network infrastructure investments in information technology (IT) environments, Wi-Fi and software defined WAN (SD-WAN) will coexist with cellular connectivity into the foreseeable future. Because most SD-WAN platforms today consider cellular connectivity a failover, SD-WAN must adapt given the growing consideration for both 4G LTE and 5G deployments within the enterprise.

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Table Of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • What Is Converged 5G WAN Edge
  • Call To Action

Companies Cited

  • Cradlepoint
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Will Townsend manages the networking and security practices for Moor Insights & Strategy focused on carrier infrastructure providers, carrier services, enterprise networking and security. He brings over 30 years of technology industry experience in a variety of product, marketing, channel, business development and sales roles to his advisory position.

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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.