Microsoft has acquired Lumenisity® Limited

Today, we are excited to share the news that Lumenisity® has become part of Microsoft.

Since Lumenisity’s formation in 2017 as a spin out from the world-renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, we have successfully moved from a research project into a thriving business providing world-leading Hollowcore Cable solutions to customers worldwide.

The company was founded with the vision of being the world’s premier high-performance Hollowcore Fibre (HCF) optical cable solutions provider, offering customers reliable, deployable, low latency and high bandwidth connections for their communication networks. We have delivered on that vision by building a world-leading team of experts and transforming our customers networks with our market-leading and award-winning innovative NANF® based CoreSmart® cable solutions.

We can celebrate many achievements over the course of these five years, one being the announcement earlier this year of our latest generation of record breaking NANF technology demonstrating the lowest attenuation of any HCF reported to date with losses lower than traditional solid core fibres. These fibres have already been deployed in customers networks with the longest spans ever reported utilizing HCF technology. We are ready to build on this achievement and continue the evolution and growth of this technology.

We are proud to be acquired by a company with a shared vision that will accelerate our progress in the hollowcore space. This is the end of the beginning, and we are excited to start our new chapter as part of Microsoft to fulfil this technology’s full potential and continue our pursuit of unlocking new capabilities in communication networks.

This announcement is timely, as earlier this month Lumenisity completed the development of the world’s first dedicated HCF manufacturing facility in Romsey, UK. The state-of-the art building spans 40,000 sq ft and will enable scaled up production of HCF technology in the future.

This would not have been possible without the loyalty of our customers; the hard work and commitment of our employees; support of our investors and the collaboration with the University of Southampton and our partners. To everyone involved in Lumenisity’s success, we say thank you!

Find out more about the acquisition here.