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July 20, 2010

Atheros to acquire Opulan Technologies for $72m

To provide carriers with a unique end-to-end, WAN-to-LAN architecture

By CBR Staff Writer

Atheros Communications has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Opulan Technologies for $72m, to expand it’s offerings for its networking customers worldwide, and enhance its R&D capabilities and customer relationships in Asia.

The company said that the acquisition would enable Atheros to provide carriers with an end-to-end, WAN-to-LAN architecture that delivers Gigabit speed, next-generation optical broadband access to the home and MDU.

Additionally, this deal will also harnesses Atheros unique hybrid connectivity portfolio consisting of Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Powerline offerings.

Atheros said that the Opulan’s team will increase it’s workforce in China, enabling the company to increase its engineering and customer support for the large broadband deployments that are projected for the region.

The company claims that the Atheros’ ETHOS line of Ethernet switching offering will complement Opulan’s 1G/10G EPON (Ethernet PON) and MUX product portfolio.

Thus, by integrating the carrier transport mechanisms with its Gigabit Ethernet offerings, Atheros can offer a carrier-class FTTH platform that delivers Gigabit broadband access from the central office to the gateway, and then intelligently routes the traffic within the home.

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