Industry Focus - Optical Connections 2020


The Acacia deal means Cisco will be competing directly with Infinera, Huawei and Ciena, being the only other optical system vendors with the in-house capability for developing and producing footprint in the optical communications components market generally, following the company’s buy-out of Luxtera for US$660 million, which was completed in February 2019, and gave Cisco purchase in the 100GbE/400GbE integrated optics datacentre market, meaning the company has a foothold in both the short- and long-haul transmission sectors. At the time of writing, the deal has yet to be fully closed, pending the usual conditions, but it has to date received regulatory approval in Germany, China and the United States. On completion, Acacia employees will join Cisco’s Optical Systems and Optics business within the networking and security business under David Goeckeler. Read the full story here. the key components for coherent line cards. It also enlarges Cisco’s electro-optics, Inphi has signed a definitive agreement to acquire eSilicon for US$216 million in both cash and the assumption of debt. Once complete, Inphi expects the acquisition would combine Inphi’s DSP, TiA, Driver and SiPho disciplines with eSilicon’s 2.5D packaging and custom INPHI + ESILICON In a bid to take the lead in custom

silicon design capabilities and accelerate its roadmap for electro-optics, 5nm advanced CMOS process node, and custom DSP solutions, as well as augmenting Inphi’s existing SerDes (Serialiser/Deseriealiser) team and resources. Inphi has history with the eSilicon team through past interactions, investment and an ongoing board observer seat. Read the full story here. CIENA + CENTINA Ciena has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Centina, a provider of service assurance analytics and network performance management solutions, for an undisclosed sum. Centina’s technology and engineering expertise will be integrated into Blue Planet, a division of Ciena. The acquisition of Centina is intended to accelerate Blue Planet’s software strategy of providing closed- loop, intelligent automation solutions that help communications service providers improve operational agility while delivering a highly differentiated customer experience. Specifically, the Centina solution will expand Blue Planet’s assurance capabilities by collecting and collating fault, event, and performance data from multiple vendors and network layers, including virtual domains such as NFV as well as more traditional optical, Ethernet and IP/MPLS networks

and services. Integrating Centina’s robust service assurance capabilities with Blue Planet Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO) and Blue Planet Inventory (BPI) will allow continuous optimisation of service performance, quality and availability on a proactive basis by resolving problems automatically before they impact the service and user experience. Read the full story here. EKINOPS + PADTEC Ekinops, headquartered in Paris, France, a supplier of telecommunications solutions for telecom operators, has agreed to acquire the OTN-Switch (Optical Transport Network) platform developed by Padtec, an optical communications system manufacturer based in Brazil. Ekinops Group’s cash resources and debt will finance the acquisition, for an amount of €10 million in cash. To strengthen its balance sheet, but subject to favourable market conditions, the Group says it plans to carry out a capital increase by private placement, for an amount capped at 10% of the capital stock. OTN technology is used to switch data traffic over optical fibres, significantly optimising network bandwidth utilisation. The OTN technology developed by Padtec will allow Ekinops to meet growing market demand for this type of technology. Read the full story here.

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