Lucent buys optical fibre maker Herrmann

Lucent Technologies Microelectronics Group continued to expand its optical fibre business on Monday with the acquisition of optical filter manufacturer Herrmann Technology for about $US438 million in Lucent stock.

Herrmann makes filters that prevent unwanted wavelengths of light from interfering with data transmission in a fibre-optic cable. Less interference means more wavelengths of light can be used, increasing the amount of data that can be sent.

"This was a technology that had been proven in the past," said Bill Price, a Lucent spokesman. "Anything that Lucent can do to bolster its position in the optical networking market is a plus."

Lucent previously announced it would finalise the purchase of optical networking equipment maker Chromatis Networks on June 30 in a stock deal worth $US4.5 billion.

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