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.

Viavi Solutions: Our History Timeline

  •      2015     
    VIAVI Solutions
  •      2014     
    JDSU acquires Trendium

    Primary Technologies:
    Real-time operations support systems

  •      2013     
    JDSU acquires Arieso

    Primary Technologies:
    Geolocation, RAN analysis

  •      2013     
    JDSU acquires Network Instruments

    Primary Technologies:
    Network performance management

  •      2012     
    JDSU acquires Dyaptive Systems

    Primary Technologies:
    Capacity test solutions

  •      2012     
    JDSU acquires GenComm

    Primary Technologies:
    Wireless test instrumentation

  •      2010     
    JDSU acquires Agilent network tools

    Primary Technologies:
    Assurance, protocol, and drive test instrumentation

  •      2009     
    JDSU acquires Finisar network tools

    Primary Technologies:
    SAN testing

  •      2008     
    JDSU acquires Westover Scientific

    Primary Technologies:
    Fiber optic microscopes

  •      2008     
    JDSU acquires Circadient

    Primary Technologies:
    SFP+, 10 GE stress testing

  •      2007     
    JDSU acquires Innocor

    Primary Technologies:
    Broadband test products

  •      2007     
    JDSU acquires Casabyte

    Primary Technologies:
    Service quality monitoring

  •      2006     
    JDSU acquires Test-um

    Primary Technologies:
    Home-network test instrumentation

  •      2005     
    JDSU

    Acquisition/Merger:
    JDSU
    Primary Technologies:
    Fiber optic transport and transmission

  •      2000     
    Acterna

    Acquisition/Merger:
    TTC
    Primary Technologies:
    Network analyzers and software

  •      1998     
    WWG

    Acquisition/Merger:
    Wavetek
    Primary Technologies:
    Test instrumentation (T-BERD)

  •      1923     
    Wandel and Goltermann