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Avnet merges MSC business to present united front

Steve Rogerson
March 6, 2018

Avnet has merged its MSC Technologies subsidiary, which it acquired four years ago, into Avnet Integrated to provide a more cohesive service to its global customers.
“They were two competing businesses with different management and sales forces,” said Martin Brooks (pictured), vice president for Emea, speaking at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg. “That has now changed. We can manage customers wherever they are.”
He said they had operated as two separate businesses since the takeover four years ago.
“We have now decided to merge the two companies,” said Brooks. “We needed to change our business as someone who can design and manufacture boards. That is why we acquired MSC and that is why we decided to merge the two businesses.”
However, he stressed that Avnet would continue to sell off-the-shelf products as a distributor, but said this move was because a bigger part of the business involved redesigning existing products and designing and manufacturing its own products.
“It is crucial for us to add value for our customers and bring them the engineering support,” said Brooks.
The company has design and manufacturing centres in the USA, Mexico, German, Malta and China. All the European operations were previously MSC – four in Germany and one in Malta.
“The design and manufacturing capability is a real differentiator for us as a distributor,” said Brooks.
• Avnet Silica has announced a collaboration with Arkessa, an M2M managed services provider, to deliver connectivity services for reprogrammable SIM products that will speed time-to-market for OEMs and enterprises that are developing and deploying IoT based applications.
The eUICC (embedded universal integrated circuit card), based on Avnet Global IoT SM-SR subscription management secure routing, could change how OEMs go to market with connected products and how enterprises deliver IoT services around the world. The eUICC delivers product future-proofing capability by enabling IoT application providers to change mobile network operators without having to visit manually or recall IoT end devices that are already deployed in the field.
The partnership with Arkessa will enable default global roaming connectivity, combined with the ability to switch MNO service providers, and create a localised connectivity strategy that also works globally. By putting control and flexibility directly into the hands of the enterprise, remote SIM provisioning and network switching capability will have an impact on enterprise IoT deployment.
Devices and services can be deployed internationally and then localised once in the field. For example, SIM profiles can be updated over-the-air to satisfy new business rules or to take advantage of commercial or technical advances in new and emerging cellular technologies, such as LTE Cat M and 5G.
Specifically, Arkessa and Avnet Silica will collaborate to provide eUICC managed services on MFF2 (eSIM) and 2FF/3FF removable SIM form factors. Arkessa's multi-network MVNO platform delivers managed connectivity services including global roaming, localised MNO profiles, security and subscription management services.