DZS snaps up Optelian to shore up mobile transport play
It didn't take long for new DZS CEO Charlie Vogt to swing his first deal.
Vogt, who has overseen about two dozen acquisitions while at the helm of companies such as Genband and Imagine Communications, has made a play for Optelian, a mobile transport specialist based in Ottawa, Canada. The deal will bring new coherent technologies to DZS and put the vendor on a path toward 200-Gig and 400-Gig transport capabilities.
"It was very complementary to what we're doing in our own play in the mobile xHaul and mobile transport part of our portfolio," said Vogt, who was named CEO of DZS (formerly Dasan Zhone Solutions) in August 2020.
He expects the deal to accelerate DZS's time to market in the US and Canada and provide an opportunity to help DZS in other regions.
"We don't see this as a North America-only play, even though Optelian has had success in North America," Vogt said. "We see it as a global offering that would complement our existing fiber-to-the-home as well as our mobile Anyhaul portfolio."
DZS also believes the deal will help to expand a backhaul business that stopped at 100-Gig, with an eye toward opportunities driven by 5G deployments, RAN (radio access network) virtualization and open RAN projects that are being embraced by customers such as Japan's Rakuten.
Andrew Bender, DZS's CTO, said Optelian's optical transponders and pluggable modules, used typically in long haul and backbone networks, are starting to show up in the access network, DZS's area of focus, as mobile carriers require more bandwidth and fiber capacity.
For more about the deal, including how the acquisition of Optelian might alter DZS's competitive positioning in the optical transport sector, please see this story at Light Reading: DZS beefs up mobile transport play with Optelian deal .
— Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor, Light Reading, special to Broadband World News
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