Ciena, which develops dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology to help boost carrier IP networks, plans to acquire two firms to help it achieve its dream of creating an optical network.
The supplier will spend a combined $980 million to purchase Lightera Networks, which makes fibre optic switches, and Ommia Communications, which helps local carriers mix voice and data traffic over fibre networks.
The aim is to build an optical network that eradicates the traditional synchronous data digital hierachy (SDH) so it can carry voice and data traffic over telcommunications networks.
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