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Spirent Communications

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Spirent Communications plc is a multinational telecommunications testing company headquartered in Crawley, United Kingdom.

2000 Bowthorpe Electric Co changed its name to Spirent. The name is derived from the words "Spirit of Enterprise"

2000 The company was a major supplier of telecoms testing systems; it bought Hekimian, a major operations support systems business, providing software to work with Spirent's hardware[1], Zarak Systems, another communications software business and Net-Hopper, an access systems specialist.

2001 The company was one of the last to be hit by the cutting of expenditure by the major telecoms groups[2]; the slump in telecoms orders led to the company leaving the FTSE 100 index.

2002 Sales slumped and cutbacks were started

2003 the situation started to recover with the company returing to profitability[3]

2006 the company acquired Scientific Software Engineering, a United States based developer of software for testing the performance and functionality of wireless network infrastructure

2008 After 4 years, restarted dividend payments[4]

2011 the company acquired Fanfare Software, a United States-based developer of the iTest automation software.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, November 17, 2000
  2. The Times, June 29, 2001
  3. The Times, August 07, 2003
  4. The Times August 06, 2008