GigOptix LLC (www.gigoptix.com/), provider of electronic engines for the optically connected digital world, has signed a purchase agreement with a North American investor to invest $1 million in GigOptix LLC.

JDSU (www.jdsu.com) filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that seeks to halt the import of certain tunable laser chips from its competitors. Citing patent infringements, JDSU filed the complaint against three primary defendants: Bookham, Syntune, and Cyoptics, which manufacture and sell the tunable chips at issue in the ITC 39-page complaint.

Voice-over-IP (VoIP) provider Veracity Communications (www.quantum.com) has strengthened its relationship with the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency by continuing to provide telecommunications services over the UTOPIA (www.utopianet.org) open access fiber-optic network.

Golden Belt Telephone Association Inc. (GBTA), a cooperative based in Rush Center, KS, has teamed with Clearfield Inc. (www.clearfieldconnection.com) for a five-year fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment to 18 communities in west central Kansas. The deployment will cover approximately 4,000 square miles and 3,000 homes in rural Kansas when completed in 2013.

Arizona State University (ASU) and Obsidian Strategics (www.obsidianresearch.com), developer of InfiniBand range extension, routing, and encryption technology, have announced a public-private partnership to explore faster, more efficient data server/transfer technologies for use at the ASU High Performance Computing Initiative (HPCI) facilities, on the ASU campus in downtown Tempe.

BTI Systems (www.btisystems.com) has secured $15 million in financing. The round included new investor Export Development Canada (EDC), as well as existing investors. BTI will use the funding to expand its global position as a provider of packet optical network edge and access equipment.

France Telecom's Orange (www.orange.com) and SFR (originally Société Française de Radiotéléphone) have broadened their recent cooperation agreement by planning to implement a new engineering approach to the deployment of fiber in the 15th arrondissement of Paris and another area to be determined outside the Paris region.

Transmode (www.transmode.com) says it has been selected by Metro de Madrid for a network improvement project to increase network reliability and to ensure that communications services continue in a disaster recovery situation. Metro de Madrid is the company that runs the Madrid Metro, which provides service for commuters across 218 stations. In the first phase of the project, Transmode improved the communications network by providing Alto del Arenal and Puerta del Sur stations with a redundant, high-capacity link. Meanwhile, Transmode and its Czech Republic-based VAR partner RLC say that Sloane Park Property Trust, a Czech wholesale operator, has deployed Transmode TS-Series CWDM access networks across the Czech Republic.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (www.huawei.com) says it has helped Telefónica de España successfully deploy its first 40G transmission network worldwide. The network's WDM optical rings are designed to enable high-bandwidth, intelligent transmission and more flexible dispatch.

Covage has selected the Infinera (www.infinera.com) DTN optical system for a nationwide network across France. Covage, which is involved in the acquisition, development, and operation of "Open Access Next Generation Networks" in France, provides wholesale bandwidth services to telecom operators. Covage is jointly owned by Axia Networks France, a wholly owned subsidiary of Axia NetMedia Corp., and VINCI Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of VINCI Construction France. It currently has interests in 12 regional networks and is building a national optical backbone to interconnect its regional networks and offer cost-effective carrier services to its customers.

The Optical Society of America (OSA) and SPIE have announced that the Asia Optical Fiber Communication and Optoelectronic Exposition and Conference (AOE) and Asia-Pacific Optical Communications (APOC) will combine to form a single conference and tradeshow exhibition next year. The combined event will take place November 1-6, 2009, in Shanghai, China. The APOC and AOE 2009 conference will be co-sponsored by IEEE/LEOS, the OSA, SPIE, the Chinese Optical Society, and the Chinese Institute of Communications. Wen Global Solutions will manage the conference and own the exposition. More information can be found at www.aoe-apoc.org.


JDSU (www.jdsu.com) has acquired Circadiant (www.circadiant.com), a provider of SFP+, 10-Gigabit Ethernet, and other stressed signal test equipment. JDSU says that Circadiant expands its product portfolio for the lab and production test market by capitalizing on several assets, including Circadiant's Hydra and OST product platforms, established test expertise, and close customer relationships with network equipment manufacturers, optical module vendors, and semiconductor companies. Terms of the acquisition were not released.

Enablence Technologies Inc. (www.enablence.com) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pannaway Technologies Inc. (www.pannaway.com) and merge it with Enablence's FTTx Networks Division. The move is subject to certain approvals, including TSX Venture Exchange approval, consents, and conditions.

More in Mergers & Acquisitions