DZS acquires optical networking provider Optelian

DZS acquires optical networking provider Optelian

22 January 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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DZS, a provider of mobile transport, broadband access and enterprise networking solutions, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Optelian, an optical networking solution provider based in Canada.

“The acquisition of Optelian will uniquely distinguish us from the traditional Edge Access Mobile and Broadband suppliers and accelerate our path forward with Tier 1 service providers in North America,” said Charlie Vogt, CEO of DZS.

“I am pleased at the prospect of welcoming the Optelian employees to DZS, a team that will bring unique North America development and integration experience in the areas of ultra-high speed coherent optics and environmentally hardened transport solutions.”

The undisclosed deal will see DZS combine Optelian solutions, that have already completed the Telcordia OSMINE certification process required for deployment by Tier 1 service providers in North America, to form a new DZS “O-series” product line that will enhance the DZS Mobile Transport portfolio with environmentally hardened optical transport products optimised for mobile backhaul.

"Optelian is thrilled by the prospect of becoming part of a global leader like DZS and feel that our innovative products and employees will be a great complement to their winning culture and world-class solutions,” said David Weymouth, CEO of Optelian.

 ”Our customers will clearly benefit from the inclusion of our products in a much broader solutions portfolio that includes complementary mobile transport and broadband access technologies, as well as customer premises equipment. We believe that the vision and direction that Charlie and team have established for DZS is poised to make waves in the industry, and it will be exciting to now be a catalyst to that growth and transformation.”  

Optelian’s optical transport solutions will complement DZS’s 4G / 5G xHaul Mobile Transport portfolio that are currently deployed in five Tier 1 mobile networks.

In addition, the new optical transport products will also add metro and regional aggregation, and transport options for broadband access solution. The deal will also bolster DZS R&D, operations, sales and corporate functions.

The O-series products will also bring advanced thermal design and carrier grade reliability, making them the first 100G and above transport solutions to deliver flexibility for network edge, remote and industrial deployment scenarios.