Profile: MRV Communications Inc (MRVC.PK)
5 Dec 2013
MRV Communications, Inc. (MRV) is a global provider of optical communications network infrastructure equipment and services to a broad range of telecom concerns, including multinational telecommunications operators, local municipalities, cable multiple system operators (MSOs), corporate and consumer high speed Internet service providers, and data storage and cloud computing providers. The Company operates in two reporting segments: Network Equipment group and Network Integration group. The Company markets and sells its products worldwide, through a variety of channels, which include direct sales force, manufacturers representatives, value-added-resellers, distributors and systems integrators. Its products and services include Optical Transport products, Carrier Ethernet products, Infrastructure management products and Network integration and services. On May 6, 2011, the Company sold three wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, TurnKey Communications AG, TurnKey Services AG, and Elcoma AG. In August 2012, the Company announced the conclusion of previously announced exploration of strategic alternatives.
MRV's Network Equipment group designs, manufactures and sells equipment used by commercial customers, governments, aerospace, defense, and telecommunications service providers. Products include switches, routers, physical layer products and out-of-band management products, specialized networking products and other applications including voice and cellular communication. The Europe-based Network Integration segment provides network system design, integration and distribution services that include products manufactured by third-party vendors, as well as products developed and manufactured by the Network Equipment group.
Network Equipment group includes three business units: Optical Communications Systems division, (OCS), CES Creative Electronic Systems SA (CES), and Appointech, Inc. (Appointech). The Company serves as an end-to-end provider of optical communications network infrastructure equipment and services. OCS is based in the United States and provides solutions that enable access, transport, aggregation, and management of various communications traffic for fixed line, cable and mobile communications networks leveraging both direct and channel sales through its Integration group and third party channel partners. CES is based in Switzerland and is a designer and manufacturer of complex high-performance avionics, defense and communications boards, sub-systems and complete systems for flight computers, mission computers, radars, ground stations, data acquisition systems, as well as test and support equipment. Appointech is based in Taiwan and provides fiber optic modules for the fiber-optic communication industry.
The Company serves both business Ethernet and mobile backhaul services markets. It provides Carrier Ethernet demarcation and transport devices for service providers. The Company’s Metro Ethernet solution enables service providers to deliver carrier-class optical transport and Carrier-Ethernet services to businesses over all fiber infrastructures. It provides optical transport solutions. From simple media conversion to high-end reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) optical transport, MRV has been delivering solutions for a range of optical communications applications serving enterprises, carriers and service providers, and education and government entities.
MRV's optical transport solutions address the demand for transport capacity, multiple services and end-to-end management to the network edge. MRV Infrastructure management solutions complement its optical communications products and enable focused solutions for network monitoring and lab automation. MRV's test management and automation products enable more tests in less time with fewer resources in the test lab environment.
The Company’s Network Integration group includes four business units: Alcadon MRV AB (Alcadon), Interdata, Tecnonet S.p.A. (Tecnonet), and MRV Switzerland AG (TurnKey). With equipment, hardware and software offerings, the Network Integration group provides end-to-end solutions including consulting, installation and support and managed services for fixed line, cable and mobile communications networks. Through several European subsidiaries, MRV offers integration of optical networks, architecture and network security and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The Company’s offerings include infrastructure management, call service centers and cloud computing services, mobile and Internet Protocol (IP) communications, network optimization and managed services.
Alcadon is a Swedish supplier of a range of optical communication equipment and passive products (both copper and fiber) from global manufacturers, including its OCS division, test instruments and tools, technical support and training serving the Scandinavian market. Interdata is a French supplier of a wide range of communications equipment from global manufacturers, as well as telecommunications solutions and services, including infrastructure, broadband optical networks, mobile and IP communications, network security, network integration and optimization serving the western European market. Tecnonet is an Italian supplier of a range of communications equipment from global manufacturers, as well as telecommunications solutions and services, including network infrastructure, unified communications, mobility and wireless, network security, cloud computing services, managed call center services, network integration and optimization serving the Italian market.
The Company’s products and services address the carrier Ethernet and wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), optical transport markets. Metro Ethernet solution enables service providers to deliver optical transport and Carrier-Ethernet services to businesses over all fiber infrastructures. The Company provides integrated secure network equipment and services connecting analog and digital data, voice and video within buildings, across private networks and in metropolitan networks.
LambdaDriver is OCS’s optical transport system for building high-performance enterprise access, metropolitan carrier and long haul transport networks. The LambdaDriver is a multi-functional, compact, modular WDM system that supports both dense and coarse wavelength division multiplexing and coarse wavelength division multiplexing technology. LambdaDriver also serves as a packet optical transport system by integrating Carrier Ethernet connection-oriented services and reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (OADM) for automated optical mesh topologies with wavelength-level switching. The LambdaDriver series can support data rates from eight megabit per second (Mbps) up to 40 gigabit per second (Gbps) with future upgrade-path to 100 Gbps.
The Fiber Driver optical multi-service product line provides a range of services demarcation, media conversion, signal repeating and fiber-optimization solutions, including coarse and dense WDM capabilities. Both managed and unmanaged solutions are available, including rack-mount, modular systems and desktop systems. OCS's OptiSwitch includes a line of compact Carrier Ethernet switching platforms that range from the OptiSwitch 9000 metro Ethernet aggregation products to the OS900 demarcation series. OptiSwitch products offer service providers a full suite of carrier-grade Ethernet services.
OCS's Media Cross Connect family of products provides Layer one protocol-independent, transparent switching at speeds up to 10.7 Gbps. It supports a range of interface types enabling customized solutions for test lab or data center testing. LX product line provides secure remote service port access and remote power control to devices in an organization's networks and infrastructures, including data centers, remote sites, and test labs.
Through its Swiss subsidiary CES, the Company provides networking products for aerospace, defense and other applications, such as voice and cellular communication. Its aerospace and defense network products apply real-time data acquisition technology allowing high-speed transaction processing for flight test validation and simulation systems. These products provide in-flight parameter recording systems in military and commercial aircraft. It also provides ground test systems, as well as protocol analyzers and network performance-testing equipment; networking data test equipment and a multi-service computing platform for wireless cellular telephony, and a network management system with management and control for its products, as well as third-party products it sells through its network integration and distribution offices.
It provides a range of service offerings, including pre-sale network design, consultation, site-surveys, on-site installation, and network integration. Post-sales support includes in-warranty, as well as out-of-warranty repair and on-site maintenance. The Company’s services include a choice of technical support services, including around-the-clock response. In certain European countries, it provides network system design, integration and distribution services that include products manufactured by third-party vendors, as well as MRV-branded products developed and manufactured by OCS. These services are provided by its European-based operating units.
Through the field sales offices, the Company sells its products and services both directly and through channel partners with support from their sales forces. The Company’s channel partners include distributors, resellers and system integrators. Outside the United States, it conducts operations in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom. In addition, its offices in France, Italy, Norway and Sweden sells and markets its products along with other products manufactured by third-party vendors, supplied as part of its network integration and distribution services.
The Company competes with ADVA Optical Networking, Alcatel-Lucent, BATM Advanced Communications, BTI Systems, Inc., Canoga Perkins Corp., Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Cyan, ECI Telecom Ltd., Ekinops, Ericsson, Extreme Networks, Fujitsu Limited, Huawei Technologies Ltd., Nokia Siemens Networks BV, Omnitron Systems Technology, Inc., Optelian, Inc., RAD Data Communications, Ltd., Tellabs, Inc., Transition Networks, Inc. and Transmode.
MRV Communications Inc
20415 Nordhoff Street
CHATSWORTH CA 91311