25 January 2012

Optical transport system maker Optelian acquires Versawave

Optical transport system maker Optelian (which has sales, marketing and service operations in Marietta, GA, USA and in-house development and manufacturing in Ottawa, ON, Canada) has acquired Versawave Technologies Inc of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Using gallium arsenide (GaAs) chips fabricated by suppliers in North America, Versawave designs and manufactures ultra-high-bandwidth optical modulators with patented polarization modulation technology.

Optelian says that the strategic move further positions it to broaden its markets, extend technical expertise and strengthen its client services through product development in optical communications worldwide.

“Our acquisition of Versawave is very much a part of our core strategy of continuing to manufacture in North America and being as vertically integrated as possible to provide our customers with very cost-effective solutions and short lead times,” says Optelian’s CEO David Weymouth.

A recent study from market research firm Infonetics Research found that operators have a strong preference for deploying 100Gbps technology as they upgrade their networks. “Versawave brings exceptional technology for 100Gbps and will accelerate Optelian’s growth into the next generation of highly integrated photonic systems,” continues Weymouth. Versawave is also involved in research to create a new generation of silicon photonic technology.

Led by Hiroshi Kato, Versawave will continue to operate at its current Vancouver facility as a division of Optelian. “The synergy with Optelian will enable Versawave to expand manufacturing, accelerate the making of new products, and enhance customer support,” Kato stresses.

Tags: GaAs Optical modulators

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