Ciena acquisition to “bolster” Ottawa facilities

Ciena’s latest acquisition will help the Maryland-based company “bolster” its R&D centre of excellence in Ottawa, it said Tuesday.

The networking equipment maker announced it has struck a $CA46.6-million deal with TeraXion that will see it acquire the Quebec City company’s high-speed photonics components division.

While this means a boost for Ciena’s facility in Ottawa, the firm’s director of corporate communications, Jamie Moody, said it was too early to know specifics.

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“TeraXion employees based in Quebec City will remain in that location. And, over time we will welcome Ottawa-based TeraXion employees to Ciena’s Ottawa location,” Ms. Moody wrote in an email.

TeraXion’s president and CEO, Alain-Jacques Simard, said the deal is a “testament” to the value his company has created in its HSPC technologies.

“Being part of Ciena will provide the scale needed to accelerate the development of the HSPC technologies and will enable the continued development of highly differentiated solutions for Ciena’s customers,” he said in a statement.

Ciena’s senior vice-president of networking platforms, Scott McFeely, said the acquisition will help it develop “differentiated solutions” for its customers.

“This acquisition also reinforces our commitment to serving as a growth and innovation engine in Canada, which is home to our largest employee base and more than 50 percent of our global research and development team,” he said in a statement.

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