& cplSiteName &

Edge ROADM Specialist Gets Bought

Craig Matsumoto
4/9/2012
50%
50%

Reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) startup Nistica is being acquired by its manufacturing partner, Fujikura Ltd. , the companies announced early Monday.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

Nistica raised $31 million since 2005, including rounds of $8.5 million and $6.5 million in 2011 and 2010, respectively. NTT Electronics Corp. (NEL) is an investor and will continue to hold Nistica shares, the companies said. Fujikura has been an investor in Nistica since 2007.

Nistica is one of a few wavelength selective switch (WSS) vendors that's still independent. (The acquisition is expected to close by June 30.) The others are Capella Photonics Inc. and CoAdna Photonics Inc.

Why this matters
Bridgewater, New Jersey-based Nistica has been doing its manufacturing with Fujikura in Vietnam, so the acquisition isn't a total surprise. Moreover, Nistica didn't have many obvious buyers among the larger optical components vendors, particularly Finisar Corp. (Nasdaq: FNSR), JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU) and Oclaro Inc. (Nasdaq: OCLR).

Optical components companies have been merging lately, building up breadth, but this deal looks more like a case of vertical integration, with Fujikura bringing one of its components suppliers in-house.

For more



— Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, Light Reading

(13)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:36:59 PM
re: Edge ROADM Specialist Gets Bought


I can't imagine they did. Nistica does say the investors are "pleased with their returns," fwiw.

Skeptic_Al
50%
50%
Skeptic_Al,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:36:59 PM
re: Edge ROADM Specialist Gets Bought


Seems the consolidation wave is building momentum lately.


 


Anyone know if the investors got their money out of the deal? $30+M invested is not small change. Valuations in this space have not been all that enticing.


 


 

Balet
50%
50%
Balet,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:36:57 PM
re: Edge ROADM Specialist Gets Bought


I think the investors did not get their money back at all, probably more like a short sale, IMHO, but I am not sure.


Finisar has their own Edge WSS by now, sold like hot cakes.


The price pressure  on EWSS is enormous and margins are pitiful, even the volumes are much nicer than Metro and Long Haul products.


Anyway, best luck to Nistica!


I wonder what Tom and Jeff will start next?

redface
50%
50%
redface,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:36:55 PM
re: Edge ROADM Specialist Gets Bought


"Finisar has their own Edge WSS by now, sold like hot cakes."


 


What is the difference between an edge WSS vs a core WSS anyway?  I keep hearing this but don't know the difference.  I do know that Nistica builds its WSS using TI's DLP.  In the case of Finisar,  the edge WSS probably uses the same Lcos platform?  

Balet
50%
50%
Balet,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:36:54 PM
re: Edge ROADM Specialist Gets Bought


The Edge WSS is 5 times cheaper to sell and simpler, lower degree, fewer ports, no need for flexible grid, etc, etc


I would not say that Finisar uses LCOS for Edge ROADM, not sure it would be cost effective.

Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:36:51 PM
re: Edge ROADM Specialist Gets Bought


Redface -- I think "edge WSS" is something Nistica just dropped into the lexicon itself. It just means a smaller, less expensive WSS.

Iluzun
50%
50%
Iluzun,
User Rank: Moderator
12/5/2012 | 5:36:48 PM
re: Edge ROADM Specialist Gets Bought


"simpler, lower degree, fewer ports, no need for flexible grid, etc, etc"


The 2D & 4D Nexgen ROADM from MRV for the metro/edge do contain 'gridless' abilitites.


http://www.mrv.com/next-genera...


http://www.mrv.com/library/doc...


Colorless, directionless, & gridless.


 





Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:36:48 PM
re: Edge ROADM Specialist Gets Bought


Ummm... ok. Thanks for the infomercial break there, Iluzun. The trick is to be self-promotional without being so blatant about it.


Is there any ROADM left that doesn't claim to be colorless, directionless and gridless? That's pretty much the default marketing stance for every vendor, isn't it?

Iluzun
50%
50%
Iluzun,
User Rank: Moderator
12/5/2012 | 5:36:47 PM
re: Edge ROADM Specialist Gets Bought


You're err ahhh, welcome Craig.  Thanx 4 the 'smackdown'....  I was a 'marketing guy'.


I'm aware of the disinformation around last gen roadm's 'abilities', I was hoping that you


(or others) could 'blow away' the misconceptions regards the aformentioned vendors newer


claimed products.


My basic understanding of the desirable vs deliverable 'features' of colorless, directionless,


contentionless, gridless, had 'contentionless' as being the most 'far out' in both cost & 


development.  Colorless, contentionless, gridless seemed to be within reach & expectation 


for deployments.  Also of my rudimentary understanding is that Infineras approach may


come to dominatie in the core, yet the metro/edge would be the domain of wss, & that 


they 'need' access/edge to fill out their product mix.  


You may b aware of the details of the London/LINX buildout/upgrade as it involves JNPR's 


first IX install.  The optical core/edge is MRV.  As to whos ROADMs r at the periphery?


http://www.nanog.org/meetings/...


"...default marketing stance for every vendor".  Finally I read these boards & delve 


into its 'journalistic pleasures' in the hope of glimpsing thru the 'cloud of


disinformation'.  I've been on the 'inside of the valley' & am now 'outside' so any


help in cutting thru the marketing fog & acertaining who can actually deliver on the 


hype is desirable.  Most of the 'newzbreaks' could b obtained via a 'twitterfeed', 


impact & understanding take a bit more work....


 

Balet
50%
50%
Balet,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:36:46 PM
re: Edge ROADM Specialist Gets Bought


I think some of us mix ROADM with WSS.


Nisitica is a WSS maker, specifically Edge WSS (the common termin nowadays across all parties).  The Edge ROADM technology, application and cost targets do not require all 9 yards of flex/shmex stuff used by Metro/LH WSS, someitmes called high port count devices.


Finisar and JDSU (and even a bit CoAdna) make both WSS standalone modules and ROADM line cards.


I had been in WSS/ROADM business since 90s, quite early days of that technology, which IMO started with a brutal force Corning's "brick" and a few other 1x2/2x2+VOA boxes. In my past lives, I looked inside I believe all WSS' on market today but Metconnex. I have particiapted in desinging a few of them too.


I am not that involved into ROADM much today, while focusing on more lucrative products and markets, but can help with some answers w/o steping on people's NDAs.

Page 1 / 2   >   >>
From The Founder
Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
BBWF 2016: Orange Poland's Next-Gen Central Office

3|28|17   |     |   (0) comments


Introduction to Orange Poland's legacy next-generation central office solution.
LRTV Custom TV
Viavi at OFC 2017

3|28|17   |   4:15   |   (0) comments


Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Craig Matsumoto reports from the Viavi booth at OFC and gets an update on the 400G testing market from Tom Fawcett, VP and GM of LAB & Production. At this year's event, Viavi won three awards from Lightwave magazine and showcased an interoperability demo with Ethernet Alliance and Finisar.
LRTV Custom TV
Connecting the Entire Home With DOCSIS 3.1

3|28|17   |   3:58:   |   (0) comments


Hitron Technologies had the first cable modem certified for DOCSIS 3.1 and already has over 120,000 units in the field. Greg Fisher, CTO of Hitron, provides an update on his company's rollout of new gateways and why he thinks DOCSIS 3.1 will continue to drive value for operators into 2017 and beyond.
LRTV Interviews
Amazon Prime's Hand of God Creator on Producing for OTT

3|28|17   |     |   (0) comments


Ben Watkins is the creator, writer and producer of Hand of God, a series on Amazon Prime. At Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen conference in Denver, he explained the advantages of producing for an OTT platform versus traditional TV.
LRTV Custom TV
How Metrological Keeps Cable Customers on the Couch

3|28|17   |     |   (0) comments


Metrological offers an open source solution that reduces the time it takes cable operators to integrate OTT content into the linear television viewing experience.
LRTV Documentaries
The ABC of OTT

3|28|17   |     |   (0) comments


At Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen conference in Denver, Ben Watkins, creator of Amazon Prime's Hand of God show, explained how producing content for an OTT platform differs from producing content for traditional TV.
Shades of Ray
Why Analytics Is the Tech World's Digital Glue

3|27|17   |   02:20   |   (0) comments


It was obvious at the massive annual CeBIT enterprise tech trade show that the foundation for tech innovation right now is real-time analytics.
LRTV Custom TV
CommScope – Meeting the Demands of Tomorrow's Networks

3|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


Phil Sorksy, Vice President International at CommScope, discusses addressing the challenges faced by service providers today, and as future trends emerge.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
AMS-IX & Huawei's OSN 902

3|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei shows how its OSN 902 platform helps the Amsterdam Internet exchange to connect the world using multiplexing.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Smart Energy Innovation Center

3|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


In Nuremberg, Huawei showcases its latest capabilities in the digitalization of Internet resources, network infrastructure and intelligence at its Smart Energy Innovation Center.
Valley Wonk
OFC & Hyperscale: A Good Mix?

3|24|17   |   01:50   |   (0) comments


Cloud and telecom players want different types of equipment for their networks, as the chatter at OFC reveals.
LRTV Custom TV
Etisalat on NFV Journey

3|24|17   |   10:37   |   (0) comments


Etisalat is a service provider that prides itself on bringing innovative technologies to the markets it serves. It was one of the first operators to implement 3G and leads the pack in fiber penetration. Now, Esmaeel Al Hammadi, Etisalat's SVP of Network Development, explains the operator's journey to virtualization, beginning with the network core, as well as the ...
Upcoming Live Events
May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
FTTH No Slam Dunk for Cable
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/23/2017
Eurobites: A1, Nokia Turn It Up to 11
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 3/22/2017
WiCipedia: Supergirls, No More Excuses & Media Monitoring
Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 3/24/2017
Welcome to the Wild West of Privacy
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/24/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
At MWC 2017, Qualcomm's CTO Matt Grob talks to Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders about the progress being made in the development of the technologies and standards that will underpin 5G.
Animals with Phones
Working From Home Doesn't Work for Everyone Click Here
You shouldn't nap on your keyboard, for instance.
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.