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VIAVI Solutions to Acquire Spirent Communications, Citing Test, Assurance, and Security Synergies

VIAVI Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) has announced its agreement to acquire Spirent Communications plc (LSE: SPT). This acquisition, valued at approximately £1 billion ($1.27 billion), is expected to consolidate VIAVI’s position as a premier provider for research labs, service providers, data centers, and mission-critical infrastructures worldwide.

The merger aims to blend the complementary product portfolios and services of VIAVI and Spirent, promising to offer a broad spectrum of solutions across various markets and applications. This collaboration is anticipated to cater to the needs of high-growth sectors such as cloud service providers, enterprise/IT networks, and emerging 5G and 6G technologies, alongside positioning, navigation, and timing verticals.

One of the key drivers behind the acquisition is the potential for accelerated technology development and product innovation, particularly in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, security, cloud-native architecture, and automation. VIAVI believes that leveraging the joint engineering, research, and development expertise of both companies will not only foster innovation but also enhance operational efficiency and generate substantial cost synergies.

The partnership is expected to yield annual run-rate cost synergies of up to $75 million within two years post-acquisition. Moreover, the combined entity will benefit from additional financial and operational resources, reinforcing its leadership in research and development while introducing innovative products to new verticals to address customers’ complex challenges.

This acquisition represents a strategic alignment of VIAVI and Spirent’s visions, setting the stage for the creation of a leading global provider of test, assurance, and security solutions. As the companies merge their strengths, the focus will be on delivering high-performance, integrated solutions that ensure reliability, efficiency, and security across critical network infrastructures and digital ecosystems.