Alcatel to acquire optical routing firm for $175m

Alcatel to acquire optical routing firm for $175m

Paris-based Alcatel SA announced last week it would acquire Gatineau, Quebec-based Innovative Fibers for $175 million.

Alcatel officials said the Canadian company's technology will add filtering and traffic-management capabilities to Alcatel's dense wave division multiplexing optical networking group.

The filtering technology, known as Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG), is a way to combine, control, separate and route individual optical wavelengths from the multiple wavelengths carried on a single fibre. Unlike some optical networking control technologies, which use central routers with rotating mirrors or convert data in optical media to electrical, FBG puts passive control functions into the fibre itself. Special etched sections of the optical fibre cause some wavelengths to behave differently than the others, permitting network traffic routing and aggregation based on wavelength characteristics.

Alcatel officials said the company expects to complete the purchase within the next four weeks. Altcatel completed its acquisition of Canada's Newbridge Networks on May 25 for $US7.5 billion.

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