Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Cisco and T-Mobile announced plans to offer businesses Cisco Meraki’s first-ever 5G cellular gateways for fixed wireless access (FWA), the MG51 and MG51E.
Considering the often lengthy and uncertain installation timelines, gated and restrictive bandwidth plans and inconsistent nationwide availability — wired broadband is hardly the ideal solution for all businesses. Now, Cisco and T-Mobile are smashing these common business pain points. Thanks to this joint solution, businesses of all sizes will be able to create enriching and differentiated experiences for their customers using simplified, scalable, and reliable network managed services powered by T-Mobile's 5G network and the cloud-first Cisco Meraki platform.
Connecting Businesses with Cisco Meraki Networking on T-Mobile 5G and Managed Services
The Cisco Meraki MG51 and MG51E cellular gateways introduce a new, 5G-powered, cloud-first way of doing wide area networking (WAN). With the full-stack Cisco Meraki secure software-defined branch (SD-branch) platform, T-Mobile for Business customers will be able to take advantage of the cloud-native Cisco Meraki platform on America’s largest and fastest 5G network. The T-Mobile managed service will offer a range of advanced capabilities based on the Cisco Meraki platform, including:
- Same-day connectivity: Quickly connect branches; true zero-touch provisioning with no trained on-site support needed.
- Resilient WAN: Always-on, Cisco Meraki cloud-managed 5G FWA running on T-Mobile's network offers reliable WAN services for business-critical operations, alongside improved experiences for customers and employees.
- Robust performance: Up to 2 Gbps down / 300 Mbps up.
- Lower latency: Enabling a variety of new use cases at the network’s edge with lower latency than 4G.
- Security and performance: Leading network security and SD-Branch capabilities on the Cisco Meraki platform including Cisco Meraki Auto VPN, firewall, traffic shaping, threat protection, content filtering, and native security protocols such as WPA2-Enterprise.
“We have crossed many 5G milestones and world-firsts with Cisco and today is no exception as T-Mobile is the first to offer this cutting-edge Cisco Meraki technology,” said Mishka Dehghan, SVP, Strategy, Product, and Solutions Engineering, T-Mobile Business Group. “This marks another significant achievement in how T-Mobile delivers to businesses the fastest and simplest way to scale 5G business internet anywhere.”
“The future of connectivity is wireless, and Cisco and T-Mobile are helping customers across all industries realize how 5G wireless technology can transform their business,” said Masum Mir, Senior Vice President, Provider Mobility, Cisco Networking. “Together, we are leading the new era of 5G, helping businesses from small to large with simple, secure and reliable connectivity solutions that help them go fast and grow fast.”