Molex acquires wavelength selective switching (WSS) company Nistica

The acquisition enhances Molex's offering of next-generation metro and long-haul network solutions.

Molex (Lisle, IL), a manufacturer of electronic solutions, acquired the business of Nistica (Bridgewater, NJ), developer and manufacturer of wavelength selective switching (WSS) products, with particular distinction in the rapidly emerging segment of high-port count WSS.

Molex says the comprehensive suite of Nistica wavelength management solutions will enhance Molex’s offering of solutions for next-generation architectures in the core of metro and long-haul networks. Nistica's business will be integrated into the Molex Optical Solutions Group, a global provider of optical solutions, including a wide range of optical connectivity, optoelectronics and optical transport products.

"Tremendous growth in broadband consumption is driving new innovations in the telecommunications industry," said Tim Ruff, senior VP, Molex business development. "The Nistica acquisition offers Molex a unique value proposition by deepening technical engagement and complementing our extensive solutions portfolio for customers on the forefront of developing next-generation optical architectures. This exciting technology aligns well with our Molex growth strategy.”

Founded in 2005, Nistica supplies agile optical modules that simplify, automate, and make affordable the delivery of high bandwidth applications for the global telecommunication markets. The company specializes in WSS, a signal routing engine for metro/long-haul telecom networks.

"With the build-out of 5G wireless networks and the growth in data center traffic, our customers are looking for novel optical solutions at the edge and in the core of optical networks," added Ashish Vengsarkar, CEO of Nistica. "The acquisition by Molex enables us to scale in capacity and bring a comprehensive portfolio of next-generation products to the market."

"The addition of the highly innovative Nistica team and technology portfolio to our business enables us to continue our mission of helping customers drive innovation in areas where optical technology provides them with a competitive advantage," said Doug Busch, vice president and general manager, Molex Optical Solutions business unit. "Integrating high-port count WSS capability into our optical transport portfolio will allow us to expand our offering to customers driving the dynamic growth of communications networks."

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