ADVA acquires optical access monitoring talent

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Optical transport specialist ADVA Optical Networking has acquired an engineering division from the German technology incubator, mic AG.

Specifically, it has bought the assets of FiSEC GmbH, a start-up specialising in optical monitoring technology for fibre access networks.

The purchase price includes a cash component of €1 million and an additional earn-out component, according to a press release issued by mic AG.

The engineering team will play a strategic role in the continued development of ADVA’s FSP 3000 Access Link Monitoring (ALM) product. Launched in 2014, the ADVA FSP 3000 ALM is a compact and easy-to-use optical monitoring device for access networks – something previously missing from the marketplace, the company asserts.

“We're adding dynamic new talent to our engineering force,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “Our new team members will help us to further strengthen our Layer 1 assurance strategy. In a world driven by cloud and mobility, service delivery and assurance are critical factors that can effectively decide the success or failure of cloud offerings. That's why our team will be working hard to explore new possibilities and rapidly implement new features. Make no mistake, in 2016, our FSP 3000 ALM will be a product to watch.”

Replacing bulky and expensive optical monitoring equipment, ADVA’s FSP 3000 ALM is a small, non-intrusive device that operates independently from the operator’s data networking equipment. The separation of monitoring from the services and applications allows the ADVA FSP 3000 ALM to monitor the condition of the fibre network regardless of the bitrate and protocol used by the overlaying service. This gives service providers up-to-the-second knowledge of their fibre plant and an understanding of where and what action may need to be taken to ensure continued service availability.

The new team members will be based in ADVA Optical Networking's Meiningen campus and will begin work as soon as the acquisition has been finalised.

“We're a company focused on developing the next generation of innovators,” said Claus-Georg Müller, CEO, mic AG. “In many respects, ADVA Optical Networking is a kindred spirit. They understand how important it is to nurture talent; how important it is to invest in people and technology.”

He added: “With this acquisition, ADVA Optical Networking will gain an incredible team of engineers; people who have a deep understanding of optical monitoring equipment and will be able to rapidly propel the ADVA FSP 3000 ALM forward.” 

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