Optical Market: Headed For Consolidation?

Yu, Jimmy
April 2004
Business Communications Review;Apr2004, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p58
Trade Publication
This article discusses whether there should be a consolidation in the optical market and its pros and cons. Consolidation will promote industry health by reducing the number of vendors competing in a contracted market, but companies that consolidate may destroy shareholder value. A number of factors point toward the benefits of consolidation but an equal number discourages it. A failed merger and acquisitions affects the companies involved even if it does not affect the industry as a whole. Companies will resists consolidation in favor of lower-risks alternatives such as licensing technology and partnering, but they will determine that the advantages of participating in consolidation outweigh the risks, and the number of optical market vendors will decline.


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