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LightReading reported on Cisco’s proposed acquisition of Acacia and requested a quote from Cignal AI.

“It’s a brilliant deal and can put Cisco in a leadership position as the world transitions to pluggable and interoperable coherent optics,” said Andrew Schmitt, long-time optical industry analyst and founder of Cignal AI, when Light Reading contacted him via email. “Both companies shared a common vision before the deal, and I believe it was this common vision that allowed Cisco to convince Acacia — managed by very intellectual and financially independent people — to join Cisco.”