Electronic Engineering Times

Ciena spends $980M for Omnia, Lightera.(Ciena Corp acquires optical transmission startups)(Company Business and Marketing)

Linthicum, Md. - Ciena Corp. has stolen a page from the book of European telecommunications OEMs, electing to acquire two optical- transmission startups at once in order to move from passive dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) directly into Sonet transmission and optical path routing.

The offer to acquire Omnia Communications Inc. (Marlborough, Mass.) and Lightera Networks Inc. (Cupertino, Calif.) puts Ciena in a position to handle all aspects of data-centric terabit bandwidths in transmission backbones-not just the multiplexing of light waves, but the mapping of asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) cells to Sonet virtual paths, as well as the routing of light waves in optical cross-connects and add-drop multiplexers. …

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