Juniper Networks said Tuesday it is acquiring Aurrion, makers of silicon-photonics technology used in high-speed networking systems. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Juniper said the acquisition will bolster its optical networking technology and enable the company to bring advanced networking products to market more quickly.

In simplified terms, Aurrion’s technology uses light to carry high-capacity information — such as video streaming, social networking and other bandwidth intensive applications — over long distance networks at significantly lower cost.

Juniper said the technology will give them greater flexibility in how bandwidth carried on light is processed inside the electronic portions of networking systems.

“We expect that Aurrion’s breakthrough technology will result in fundamental and permanent improvements in cost per bit-per-second, power per bit-per-second, bandwidth density, and flexibility of networking systems,” said Juniper CTO Pradeep Sindhu.

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