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Kontron Communications absorbs Inocybe, unveils its new strategy and pivots to edge computing

Dana Cooperson Research Director

"Kontron Communications' strategic shift towards distributed edge-computing applications will expose it to a huge opportunity and new competitive threats – the company will need to differentiate itself clearly if it is to be successful."

Kontron Communications, a Canada-based business focused on producing OEM hardware for telecoms and media applications, announced the acquisition of OpenDaylight (ODL) SDN-focused ISV Inocybe Technologies in August 2018. In the run-up to MWC 2019, the company announced a revamped product and go-to-market strategy based on ruggedised hardware integrated with automation and application software and adapted for specialised edge use cases. This comment gives a glimpse into Kontron Communications' new strategic direction, highlights what it will showcase at MWC, and suggests what it will need to do to succeed on its new path.