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JDSU acquires Westover Scientific's fibre division
Jan '08
JDSU announced that it has acquired the fiber division of Westover Scientific Inc, a leading provider of fiber optic inspection and cleaning solutions.

Westover Scientific's products complement JDSU's existing fiber field and lab and production test portfolio and will be integrated with JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement (CommTest) business, now the largest provider of fiber optic test solutions in the world for service providers, labs and manufacturers.

Westover Scientific, based near Seattle, Washington, designs and manufactures specialized field and lab microscopes necessary to detect dirt and other contaminants that are considered the leading cause of costly faults in fiber optic networks. According to the agreement, which has been completed, JDSU acquired the fiber division of Westover Scientific for $50 million in cash, subject to terms and conditions.

JDSU also intends to acquire Westover Scientific's affiliated manufacturing company in Fuzhou, China, which remains subject to certain regulatory approvals. JDSU expects to complete this second acquisition in the second half of the 2008 fiscal year.

Communications service providers worldwide are rolling out proactive fiber inspection programs to support the deployment of large-scale FTTx initiatives and to ensure reliable, high-quality delivery of IP-based triple play services. Service providers have identified contaminated fibers as the key cause of costly network troubleshooting and permanent equipment damage.

Westover Scientific offers easy-to-use fiber inspection solutions that, among other applications, allow field technicians to determine the cleanliness of fiber connection when they install the network. Westover Scientific is a leading provider of fiber inspection microscopes and automated fiber analysis software necessary for these programs.

Fiber inspection and cleaning are critical components in a comprehensive fiber deployment and operation strategy. Westover Scientific provides a full suite of optical inspection and cleaning solutions that address the needs of fiber component and system manufacturers, communication service providers, and various other vertical markets such as premise networks, military and aerospace.

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