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About our Top 5 vendors

February 20, 2008

Posted by Stephen Hardy

If you're reading this, you've probably already visited the story describing our picks for the Top 5 component/subsystems vendors for 2007. (And if you haven't read it, you can find it here.) Before you offer your comments, let me tell you about some of the companies that almost made it.

In particular, we were impressed with companies who made aggressive moves to expand into new areas or improve market share through acquisition. Oplink acquired Optical Communication Products (see here) and moved within Ovum RHK's Top 10 list of vendors for the four quarters beginning with Q406. Luminent's acquisition of Fiberxon to create Source Photonics had the same effect. And Emcore's acquisition of Opticomm in April and the telecom portions of Intel's Optical Platform Division in December may produce a similar result once the latter deal closes.

However, these moves weren't quite enough to overcome the momentum we believe our Top 5 picks generated during 2007.

You may fire when ready...

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The Lightwave editorial staff uses The Lightwave Blog to share their thoughts on optical communications and whatever else might be the current topic of conversation from cubicle to cubicle. Feel free to add your own opinions.

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave, which makes him responsible for the editorial aspects of the Lightwave franchise. A technology journalist since 1982, he once had his job duties described as "gets paid to tick off advertisers ".

Meghan Fuller is senior editor of Lightwave. She has degrees from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, and the University of Delaware and is a card-carrying member of Red Sox Nation.