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
- 2015VIAVI Solutions
- 2014JDSU acquires Trendium
Real-time operations support systems
- 2013JDSU acquires Arieso
Geolocation, RAN analysis
- 2013JDSU acquires Network Instruments
Network performance management
- 2012JDSU acquires Dyaptive Systems
Capacity test solutions
- 2012JDSU acquires GenComm
Wireless test instrumentation
- 2010JDSU acquires Agilent network tools
Assurance, protocol, and drive test instrumentation
- 2009JDSU acquires Finisar network tools
- 2008JDSU acquires Westover Scientific
Fiber optic microscopes
- 2008JDSU acquires Circadient
SFP+, 10 GE stress testing
- 2007JDSU acquires Innocor
Broadband test products
- 2007JDSU acquires Casabyte
Service quality monitoring
- 2006JDSU acquires Test-um
Home-network test instrumentation
Fiber optic transport and transmission
Network analyzers and software
Test instrumentation (T-BERD)
- 1923Wandel and Goltermann