EXFO bidding to buy optical test firm Yenista Optics

Created September 29, 2017
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EXFO, the network test, monitoring and analytics experts, has signed an agreement to acquire Yenista Optics, subject to a number of conditions to be completed before closing.

Yenista Optics, a private company based in Lannion, France, supplies advanced optical test equipment for the R&D and manufacturing markets. Its product portfolio includes benchtop optical spectrum analyzers, tunable lasers, tunable filters and passive optical component test systems for network equipment manufacturers and optical component vendors. The company generated revenue of €5.2 million in 2016 and was profitable.

EXFO commented that Yenista’s offering is highly complementary to EXFO’s optical test portfolio, which largely consists of portable test equipment for the network service provider market.

‘Highly complementary’
“Yenista has built an impressive product portfolio over the years for the high-end laboratory and manufacturing markets,” said Germain Lamonde, Executive Chairman of EXFO’s Board of Directors. “This transaction would allow us to leverage Yenista’s best-in-class technology across its global sales channels to expand market share.”

Yenista designs and manufactures high-performance, fibre-optic test equipment for a broad range of applications in the R&D and manufacturing markets. Founded in 2003, the company owns more than 20 patents protecting its proprietary technologies on measurement techniques, optical filters and external cavity lasers.

EXFO develops smarter network test, monitoring and analytics solutions for the world’s leading communications service providers, network equipment manufacturers and webscale companies. Since 1985, it has been working with customers in the lab, field, data center, boardroom environments to develop the technologies and methods for different aspects of optical networks.


This article was written
by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.