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Last updated in February 2018.

At ADVA Optical Networking we’re creating new opportunities for tomorrow’s networks, a new vision for a connected world.

Our intelligent telecommunications hardware, software and services have been deployed by several hundred service providers and thousands of enterprises.

Over the past twenty years, our innovative connectivity solutions have helped to drive our customers’ networks forward, helped to drive their businesses to new levels of success.

We forge close working relationships with all our customers. As their trusted partner we ensure that we’re always ready to exceed their networking expectations.


Focus on growth markets

  • ADVA Optical Networking focuses on growth markets in the telecom space that have one thing in common: a strong and sustainable demand for innovative connectivity solutions for cloud and mobile services.
  • These markets are driven by the global megatrends “cloud” and “mobility” demanding more and better connectivity in all areas of the network.
  • Average growth across these markets is expected to be 9% per year between 2015 and 2018 to a total of USD 14.8 billion in 2018.

Innovative connectivity solutions

  • ADVA Optical Networking's industry-leading engineering force is exclusively focused on innovative connectivity solutions for cloud and mobile services, outperforming the engineering departments of other vendors in this space.
  • Focus on innovation drives market success and has made ADVA Optical Networking one of the two leading players worldwide for fiber-based Ethernet access devices with a market share of 13% and … 
  • … a strong competitor in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) specifically in the metro optical market with a market share of 14%.

Speed for customers

  • ADVA Optical Networking has a strong track record of being first to market with new functionality that adds value for customers.
  • A responsive team serves customers around the globe, with 59% of ADVA Optical Networking’s 2015 revenues generated in EMEA, 33% in the Americas and 8% in Asia-Pacific.
  • ADVA Optical Networking’s innovative connectivity solutions have been deployed by several hundred service providers and thousands of enterprises around the globe.

Trusted partner

  • ADVA Optical Networking's unique combination of innovation and speed has seen the Company to build close partnerships with customers, resulting in repeat purchases and strong cross-selling opportunities for its innovative networking solutions.
  • As a trusted partner for two decades, ADVA Optical Networking provides high-quality solutions with lowest cost of ownership and best user experience.
  • ADVA Optical Networking is led by a dynamic, international, experienced and highly-motivated management team with many years of senior management background which includes blue-chip telecommunications equipment companies, making it a dependable partner when it comes to building long-term business relationships.

End customers

Several hundred service providers

  • Including AMS-IX, British Telecom, COLT, DE-CIX, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, Level(3) Communications, Mobile TeleSystems, NextGen Networks, PCCW, RomTelecom, SingTel, TATA Communications, TDC, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telekom Malaysia, Telkom South Africa, Telstra and Time Warner Cable

Thousands of enterprises

  • Including Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, government agencies, healthcare providers, insurance companies and universities


As of December 31, 2017, ADVA Optical Networking employed a total staff of 1,894 employees:

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Revenues and profitability

2017 Revenues: EUR 514.5million (down 9.2% vs. the previous year)
2017 Pro forma operating income: EUR 19.5 million (3.8% of revenues)
2017 IFRS operating income: EUR 4.4 million (0.9% of revenues)
2017 IFRS net income: EUR -4.2 million (-0.8% of revenues)

Pro forma operating income is calculated prior to non-cash charges related to the stock compensation programs and amortization and impairment of goodwill and acquisition-related intangible assets.

Further financial information can be found under our Financial Results section

Key facts

  • Founded in 1994 in Meiningen and Munich, Germany
  • IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 1999
  • Development from start-up (1994-1996) to market builder (1997-2001) to market leader (since 2002)