In a move aimed at bolstering its PON portfolio, Aurora Networks just purchased Trident7 know-how from Enablence Technologies for $5.1 million, comprised of $2.75 million of cash and the assumption of certain liabilities.

The Trident7 technology "goes from the headend to the customer premises," says Scott Weinstein, Aurora’s vice president/New Business Development. "Ours is usually node-based, but some customers are asking for chassis customer premises solutions rather than just node-based. It’s not our main focus, but if customers ask for it, it’s nice to be able to fold into our portfolio."

Weinstein says the Trident7 technology is more of a traditional telecom central office/customer premise solution for delivery of fiber to the home (FTTH): "The chassis sits at the central office and connects to the end customer via fiber."

In addition to its PON portfolio that includes solutions in EPON and point-to-point Ethernet, Aurora now supports a wider range of optical network terminal (ONT) solutions. The Trident7 chassis will also provide aggregation and management functions including DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) of both node- and chassis-based PON deployments, although DPoE still is in the development phase.

Enablence’s sale of Trident7 follows on the heels of its announcement in April that it was divesting its systems division. "The focus of Enablence’s ongoing operations will be its components division," said CEO Tim Thorsteinson at that time. “The low revenues generated by our systems division have driven us to consider strategic options available to us.”

Yesterday, Enablence announced the layoff of approximately 40 employees, representing substantially all of its remaining employees in the U.S. systems business except for a team of people to support ongoing customer obligations of the systems business. The Trident7 team, comprising about 25 employees, will join Aurora Networks, but will stay in Georgia, says Weinstein. Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Aurora will honor customer contracts and agreements for the Trident7 and its related product lines.

Aurora’s purchase of the Trident7 assets is expected to close by Sept. 15, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, notifications to creditors and receipt of regulatory approvals.

Aurora has been on the acquisition trail since it hired Weinstein in October 2010 to head new business development. Last May, GoBack TV was the company’s initial buy.

??-Linda Hardesty

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