Nov. 1, 2007
Broadband network providers Arris Group (Suwanee, GA) and C-Cor (State College, PA) have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Arris will acquire C-Cor for approximately $730 million in a mix of cash and Arris stock.

Arris acquires C-Cor

Broadband network providersArris Group (Suwanee, GA) and C-Cor (State College, PA) have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Arris will acquire C-Cor for approximately $730 million in a mix of cash and Arris stock. With more than 250 customers around the world, the companies collectively reported revenues of over $1.2 billion over the past 12 months and the merged company will be the largest pure-play provider of equipment and solutions to the communications industry.

“Arris and C-Cor have had a long-standing business relationship,” said Bob Stanzione, Arris chairman and CEO. “The combined company will be extremely well positioned to deliver cross-platform solutions aimed at key customer spending initiatives including switched digital video, next-generation video-on-demand and digital advertising infrastructure.”

Kotura and CyOptics to develop Terabit ICs

Silicon-photonic-components provider Kotura (Monterey Park, CA) and CyOptics (Lehigh Valley, PA), provider of indium phosphide optical-chip and component technologies, announced that the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Technology Program awarded them $5.9 million to fund a three-year project to develop next-generation Terabit Photonic Integrated Circuits (TERAPICS). “In network centers and high-performance computing clusters TERAPICS will reduce the number of transceivers, connectors and fibers by a factor of 100,” said Arlon Martin, vice president of sales and marketing at Kotura.

Infinera displays leadership in communications

Industry analyst firm Ovum RHK reports that Infinera (Sunnyvale, CA) ranked first in revenue shipments in the key multireach dense-wavelength-division-multiplexer (DWDM) segment of the North American optical-networking market in the second quarter of 2007. Infinera took 27% of this market segment, with shipments of $194 million in the four quarters through Q2 2007.

In related news, Infinera demonstrated the transmission of 40 Gbit/s services over a record distance of 8477 km across a transoceanic network spanning Europe and the U.S. In a separate demonstration at Infinera labs, Infinera demonstrated the successful transmission of 40 Gbit/s services over 2000 km of fiber with extremely high levels of polarization-mode dispersion (PMD).

TeraXion achieves milestone as market leader

TeraXion (Quebec City, QC, Canada), provider of OEM products for the generation and conditioning of light signals in telecom, defense and aerospace, and industrial markets, has shipped more than 2000 tunable chromatic-dispersion-compensation modules, establishing it as the worldwide market leader in 40 Gbit/s dispersion systems. Deployments of 40 Gbit/s systems by major carriers such as AT&T and Verizon are driving demand for tunable chromatic-dispersion compensators. Research firm CIR forecasts that this market segment will reach $245 million by 2012.

Newport to distribute StockerYale fibers

StockerYale (Salem, NH), a designer and manufacturer of structured-light lasers, light-emitting-diode modules, and specialty optical fibers for OEMs, announced an agreement with Newport (Irvine, CA), a provider of photonic solutions, for distribution of StockerYale’s line of specialty-optical-fiber (SOF) products. “We are excited to benefit from Newport’s broad reach to a wide range of customers in key markets such as medical, biomedical equipment, and defense,” said Mark W. Blodgett, chairman and CEO of StockerYale. “Their products are used by many of the world’s leading corporations, universities, and research institutes, and their distribution channels offer StockerYale a significant opportunity to expand our growing SOF customer base.”

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Also in the news . . .

Structured Materials Industries (Piscataway, NJ) received NASA Phase I Small Business Innovation Research funding to investigate and develop a fiber-optic etalon pressure sensor system with high thermal and mechanical stability. . . . Prysmian Telecom Cables and Systems Australia announced a three-year agreement to continue the supply of both fiber-optic and metallic communication cables to Telstra, the largest telecommunications service provider in Australia. . . . Zayo Bandwidth (Louisville, CO), a regional provider of fiber-based network services, acquired Indiana Fiber Works (Indianapolis, IN), which has a largely self-constructed fiber network that connects 21 of Indiana’s most populated 25 cities . . . . Gigabit Ethernet passive optical network (PON) equipment provider Alloptic (Livermore, CA) has signed a multimillion dollar strategic distribution agreement with Challenger Cable Sales (Inglewood, CA) for Challenger to distribute Alloptic’s PON technology to key multiple-systems operator customers in the western United States. . . . Sales of communications lasers will grow from around $1.0 billion this year to $2.9 billion in 2012, according to a report from research firm Communications Industry Researchers (Glen Allen, VA).

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