Huawei has signed a second contract with telecommunications component manufacturer, Finisar, for more fibre networking gear.
This is on top of the first agreement struck in November 2009 for Finisar to provide the Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor with its Dynamic Wavelength Processors (DWPs), a wavelength selective switch.
Huawei inked a deal worth $20 million for Finisar to increase production by 40 per cent. This contract will create 20 jobs for Finisar’s Australian arm but the company expects to more than double its staff count to 300 by end of this year.
While the manufacturer is part of a multinational, the DWP is designed and made in Australia. The technology is already used by several telcos, including Optus.
“This is exciting for us particularly because it is an Australian designed and Australian produced component which is being implemented around the world through our fibre rollouts,” Huawei Australia corporate affairs director, Jeremy Mitchell, said. “We have been rolling out fibre in the UK for BT, for the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Singapore and working with the NBNCo to see if there is any opportunity to work with it.”
Finisar, which sells directly to Tier 1 telecommunication suppliers, is one of the largest manufacturers of optical switches in the telco market.
“Optical switching is one of the functions Huawei needs to perform in developing its transmissions equipment for long distance communication and for increasing broadband applications so we found a part in that sort of product portfolio,” Finisar general manager, Allen Conduit, said.
Finisar’s local branch started out as Engana in 2001. It was eventually bought by US-based fibre vendor, Optium, in 2006.
Optium was acquired by Finisar in 2008.
Huawei is the equipment supplier for vividwireless’s 4G network.