Ciena is set to acquire privately-held World Wide Packets (WWP), which specializes in carrier Ethernet products and services.

Ciena will lay out $200 million in cash, plus stock valued at about $90 million. Ciena will assume about $15 million of WWP debt.

The acquisition happens to coincide with the announcement that WWP has received a multi-year order from AT&T.

Ciena CEO Gary Smith said the addition of WWP’s flexible, highly scalable Carrier Ethernet service delivery platforms will expand Ciena’s ability to address the access and aggregation tiers of the network with simplified IP/Ethernet service architectures.

WWP has shipped more than 70,000 units to more than 100 customers in 25 countries. Customers include ntl:Telewest, KPN and several MSOs in North America that the company declined to identify.

WWP’s products include Service Aggregation Switches (SAS), Service Concentration Switches (SCS) and Service Delivery Switches (SDS). These systems share a common operating system – the LightningEdge Operating System (LE-OS) – as well as a suite of network management tools for integrated service activation, the Ethernet Services Manager (ESM).

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