Optical internetworking company Ciena has acquired start-up Terabit Technology to provide a key component in its strategy to enable telcos to carry data as efficiently as voice.
Ciena develops optical dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), which enables telcos to build high capacity IP backbones to carry data and video services, rather than attempt to use their traditional TDM networks.
Terabit designs photodetectors to enable optical receivers to pick up extra sensitive information.
?The technology makes receivers more sensitive and will be our key competitive advantage,? said Denny Bilter, Ciena?s marketing director. The deal includes a stock swap of 134,000 Ciena shares, as well as $1.1 million cash.
This week, Ciena announced it is working with Cisco to integrate the latter?s carrier class 12000 Gigabit switch router with Ciena?s DWDM technology.
Ciena is also working to increase Cable & Wireless Communications? bandwidth capacity by 16 times with its Multiwave Sentry product. This will enable CWC to increase its fibre optic capacity without having to lay new cables.
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