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International tech company setting up in Kelowna

An international tech company is setting up a operations centre in Kelowna.
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March 07, 2016 - 4:30 PM

KELOWNA – An American tech company is building an operations centre in Kelowna, bringing even more jobs to a city already known for high-tech employment opportunities.

Cradlepoint calls itself a global leader in 4G LTE network solutions. They recently acquired a privately held company that pioneered the use of software-defined networking tech and now they are setting up shop in Kelowna.

“We’re pleased to have Cradlepoint bringing more tech jobs to Kelowna,” Mayor Colin Basran says in a media release. “The investment continues to highlight Kelowna as the tech hub of British Columbia.”

Cradlepoint has a previous connection to the Okanagan. In 2000 a Kelowna company called Workfire was bought for $100 million by Packeteer, a networking and communications company. Packeteer was a launched by Pertino, which was then bought by Cradlepoint in 2008.

“Our history of building a world-class development organization in Kelowna has brought us back to town,” Craig Elliott, CEO and founder of Pertino says in the release. “We’ve already hired five developers in Kelowna and are posting ten additional jobs to be filled as soon as possible. We’re also evaluating office space and hope to make decisions soon about that expansion as well. Cradlepoint wants to invest in Kelowna.”

Founded in 2006, Cradlepoint is a privately held company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with offices in California's Silicon Valley, Canada and the UK.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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