Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sorrento Acquires Redfern Broadband Networks

Sorrento Networks has acquired Redfern Broadband Networks (RBN), a developer of optical networking equipment. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal includes RBN's products, customer contracts, channel partner relationships, test equipment, etc.

RBN's GigaEdge Optical Services Provisioning Platforms (OSPP) aggregate the many different services found at the edge of the network and solve the high-capacity optical upgrade needs of customers. Its portfolio includes the RBNi GigaEdge 8200 CWDM OEO ROADM, which is OSP hardened and deployed in North America, Europe and Asia; the RBNi GigaEdge 2300 Programmable Optical Transport Platform, which is configurable as a xWDM Port Expander or Transponder/Muxponder (GigaEdge 2320) or SONET/SDH Mini-MSPP (GigaEdge 2330); and the RBNi GigaEdge 6000 series passive, OSP hardened CWDM filter modules.s the GigaCraft 1200. RBN is based in NSW, Australia.

Sorrento said the acquisition expands its metro optical access product portfolio. The companies' products are similarly designed to help telecommunications carriers and enterprises increase the bandwidth of their existing networks and lower the cost of providing next-generation broadband services.

In addition, Sorrento will enhance its global reach via acquired channel relationships and service provider customers. RBN's strategic partners include companies such as Embarq and Ericsson, and its customer base includes global leaders such as Alltel, PCCW Hong Kong and Siminn Telecom Iceland.

"Sorrento's focus is to grow our worldwide footprint by providing reliable products that address changing customer requirements, maintaining a low-cost structure and exceeding customer service expectations," said Jim Nevelle, CEO of Sorrento Networks. "By acquiring RBN's assets, we gain new, global customers, valuable channel partnerships in Europe and Asia and complementary optical platforms. The acquisition of RBN's proven optical technology strengthens our competitive edge."

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