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Our History

For nearly 100 years, our company has innovated solutions to optimize communications technologies, from simple radio test sets to sophisticated network assurance platforms. Always an industry leader, the company has consistently complemented its strong R&D roots with smart, strategic acquisitions and mergers.

Viavi Solutions started in 1923 as Wandel and Goltermann, a European company that grew from two technicians building and selling radios into one of the world’s largest suppliers of electronic test and measurement equipment.

The company strengthened its telecommunications portfolio by joining with Wavetek in 1998, and in 2000 moved beyond instrumentation by joining with TTC, a leading provider of service assurance software and centralized test-and-monitoring systems.

This merger of the world’s second and third largest test-and-measurement companies became Acterna. In 2005, JDSU acquired Acterna to synergize communications test-and-measurement capabilities with fiber optic transport and transmission. A number of acquisitions followed, including Agilent and Finisar network tools, GenComm wireless test equipment, and Network Instruments enterprise appliances and software solutions.

Prior to acquiring Acterna, JDSU entered the specialty coatings market with the acquisition of Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc. (OCLI), the developers of many of our optical security and performance products. 

After years of strong performance in two distinct markets (network and service enablement and optical network components), JDSU split.  Viavi Solutions and Lumentum Holdings formed in 2015 as two independent, publicly-traded companies.

Year

Company Name

Acquisition/Merger

Primary Technologies

1923

Wandel and Goltermann

 

 

1998

WWG

Wavetek

Test instrumentation (T-BERD)

2000

Acterna

TTC

Network analyzers and software

2005

JDSU

JDSU

Fiber optic transport and transmission

2006

 

Test-um

Home-network test instrumentation

2007

 

Innocor

Broadband test products

 

 

Casabyte

Service quality monitoring

2008

 

Westover Scientific

Fiber optic microscopes

 

 

Circadient

SFP+, 10 GE stress testing

2009

 

Finisar network tools

SAN testing

2010

 

Agilent network tools

Assurance, protocol, and drive test instrumentation

2012

 

Dyaptive Systems

Capacity test solutions

 

 

GenComm

Wireless test instrumentation

2013

 

Arieso

Geolocation, RAN analysis

 

 

Network Instruments

Network performance management

2014

 

Trendium

Real-time operations support systems

2015

Viavi Solutions