Ericsson and Telarus are partnering to target the SMB sector with a subscription-based remote work platform that is 5G-ready.
The strategic partnership between the vendor and Telarus – which Ericsson calls “the largest privately held master agent in the U.S.” – focuses on the Ericsson Wireless Office, a 5G-capable and secure platform designed to enable SMBs to avoid retaining in-house IT expertise, equipment and devices.
The subscription platform fulfills all applications, compute, storage and security needs, Ericsson says. The cloud-based platform is based on the workspace-as-a-service technology it acquired from StratusWorX, a cloud technology service provider that delivers “fully managed IT environments to small and mid-sized businesses,” according to Ericsson. The acquisition of StratusWorxWaaS on July 31, 2020 gives users of the platform access to an ecosystem of more than 4,000 consultants familiar with the Stratus technology.
Ericsson cited several statistics as drivers for the initiative. It says that SMBs represent more than 6 million companies, a $90 billion market that constitutes 40% of the U.S. workforce. It also cites Omdia’s assessment that 44% of SMBs are considering an “office–in-a-box” approach and its own research that predicts that in 2030 almost 60% of white collar work will happen outside the office.
“The pandemic has changed the way we work and Ericsson Wireless Office addresses this transformation by delivering a 5G- ready office solution covering the applications, cloud, and communication needs for enterprises in one single solution regardless of their location or device, with no IT expertise required,” Dan Foster. Head of Global Sales at Ericsson Wireless Office, said in a press release about the 5G-ready remote work platform. “Telarus is known for keeping its partner ecosystem at the technology forefront. We are confident that together, we can help businesses accelerate their digital transformation.”
The past year has been rife with business, educational, health and other sectors that have pushed the boundaries of remote work. Service providers and their ecosystems have rushed to meet this demand. For instance, in May and June of last year, Cox, Comcast and AT&T Business all launched work from home services.