June 1, 2008
Planar-lightwave-circuit supplier for the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), metro, and long-haul telecommunication markets, Enablence Technologies (Ottawa, ON, Canada) signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Wave7 Optics (Alpharetta, GA) for $10.5 million and two million common shares of Enablence stock.

Enablence strengthens FTTH offering

Planar-lightwave-circuit supplier for the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), metro, and long-haul telecommunication markets, Enablence Technologies (Ottawa, ON, Canada) signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Wave7 Optics (Alpharetta, GA) for $10.5 million and two million common shares of Enablence stock. Wave7 Optics is a provider of FTTH systems. “This is an exciting acquisition for Enablence as Wave7 Optics is a recognized global leader in the FTTH systems market with a customer base of over a hundred FTTH service providers,” said Arvind Chhatbar, Enablence CEO.

Xtera acquisition extends its global reach

Networking company Xtera Communications (Dallas, TX and London, England) acquired Meriton Networks (Ottawa, ON, Canada). By adding Meriton’s metro optical networking portfolio, Xtera now offers network operators a new solution partner for end-to-end, next-generation optical networking solutions. Xtera is a privately held company that supplies optical, Internet protocol performance and service solutions to terrestrial and subsea global service providers with development, sales and support offices around the world and has been strategically extending both its product portfolio and global reach to complement its existing core business with a number of previously announced acquisitions.

Aegis builds channel-monitor portfolio

Aegis Lightwave (Woburn, MA), a company focused exclusively on providing optical monitoring solutions to the fiber-optic communications industry, announced the acquisition of CardinalPoint Optics (Clinton, NJ), a manufacturer of next-generation optical channel monitors.

The acquisition augments Aegis’ product portfolio with optical channel monitors and lays the foundation of a center of excellence in central New Jersey. “We are eager to build on Aegis’ past and present successes with large-scale deployments of optical channel monitors in reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer-based networks,” said Chris Koeppen, vice president and general manager, Aegis.

MagiQ announces new business unit

Quantum-cryptography and fiber-sensor company MagiQ Technologies (Somerville, MA) announced the creation of a new business unit called MagiQ Research Labs (MRL) that will serve customers in medical optics, quantum information, fiber sensing, aerospace, and defense applications. While MagiQ Technologies will continue to provide networking and security products (such as QPN Security Gateway) and network security architecture and deployment consulting services, MRL will provide custom products and services, including fiber-optic interferometers, C/L-band pulsed lasers and tunable pulsed lasers, fiber sensors, and contract R&D services.

Collaboration seeks PMD understanding

Fujitsu Network Communications (Richardson, TX), a supplier of wireline/wireless networking solutions, is collaborating with Indiana University (IU; Bloomington, IN) on breakthrough research about the effects that polarization-mode dispersion can have on specific wavelengths traveling at 40 Gbit/s or more. This collaboration, which was facilitated by its active involvement with Internet2, will be the model for future research networking experiments between Fujitsu and other research and education institutions. Brad Wheeler, VP for information technology and CIO of IU said, “Together, using advanced technology from Fujitsu, we were able to discover several optical characteristics that will have a profound implication on high-speed networking across the globe.”

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Also in the news . . .

Xtellus (Morris Plains, NJ), a supplier of scalable wavelength-selective switches for reconfigurable optical networks, announced the addition of $8.3 million in growth capital. . . . Corning (Corning, NY) announced that Corning Cable Systems, part of its telecommunications segment, was selected as a recipient of Verizon’s 2007 Supplier Excellence Award in the “Supplier Diversity-Tier 1” category. . . . Fujitsu and subsidiary Fujitsu Access (Tokyo, Japan) plan to merge and reorganize their photonic-systems businesses to strengthen their photonics systems development, manufacturing, and sales operations for the competitive Japanese telecom market. . . . Redfern Integrated Optics (Santa Clara, CA), developer and manufacturer of high-performance, low-cost transmitters for the fiber-optic sensing and communication markets, secured an additional $7.5 million in funding to grow its fiber-optic sensor business. . . . According to a study released by the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council (Washington, D.C.), North America continues its march toward a high-bandwidth future as FTTH connections posted another year of robust growth, reaching nearly three million households. . . . Communications company Lumera (Bothell, WA) entered into an agreement to merge with privately held GigOptix (Palo Alto, CA), a provider of integrated circuits for optically connected communication systems.

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