Kanata’s optical network technology provider Optelian acquired by Texas company


An Ottawa company specializing in “hardened” optical array technology designed to withstand extreme heat, cold and humidity has been sold to a US company.

DZS, a publicly traded networking solutions provider based in Plano, Texas, this week announced the acquisition of Optelian, a 35-person company based in Kanata. Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to be finalized within the next 30 days, were not disclosed.

Founded in 2002, Optelian is known for its products that help major Internet and cellular service providers deliver data wirelessly to the “edge of the network,” where high-speed fiber optic technology is often housed in exposed outdoor compartments. to brutal cold. temperatures in winter and hot and humid conditions in summer.

The company’s “long-haul” hardware and software helps large telecommunications companies extend their 5G networks further into remote areas that are not well served by major wireless infrastructure such as cell towers.

Optelian has a significant presence in North America, selling to five of the six major telecommunications service providers south of the border as well as some fifty small customers across Canada and the United States. , which operates in more than 100 countries, can help it penetrate global markets.

The “good things” happen

“We are really excited,” he said. “There is going to be growth with our team here in Ottawa and more R&D. There are going to be a lot of good things that will come out of (the deal).

Indeed, Optelian is back in the headlines after years of being under the radar.

Weymouth and Optelian Chairman Mike Perry, based at Optelian’s U.S. office in Marietta, Georgia, made the company one of the capital’s rising tech stars a decade ago with its fiber optic transport solution capable of transmitting 100 gigabits of data. per second.

The seeded company made three consecutive appearances on OBJ’s list of fastest growing companies, increasing its local workforce to 175 employees in 2013. But Optelian went on to experience a few lean years, which saw it prompted to drastically downsize and “rethink where we needed it.” be, ”Weymouth said. “We’ve been through our ups and downs. “

Change of focus

After gathering feedback from its major clients, the Ottawa firm decided four years ago to focus on the “network edge” in the hope of finding fertile ground for renewed growth.

Its robust technology eventually caught the attention of bigger players, including DZS. Texas-based CEO Charlie Vogt reached out to Weymouth last fall to explore the idea of ​​bringing Optelian together under his umbrella.

From there, Weymouth said, “It kind of worked out. The timing just worked for both sides.

DZS Marketing Director Geoff Burke said the two companies see a lot of benefits in combining their operations.

He said the deal would give DZS new network technology capabilities and a stronger base in North America, while Optelian’s products – which will be renamed DZS ‘”O” series – “will find homes in d ‘other places in the world’.

Weymouth, who plans to stay with the company, predicts that there will be continued expansion of Optelian’s operations in the capital region.

“There is good talent in Ottawa, especially in optics,” he said. “We are known for it.


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