Like a cat with nine lives that already has used up three or four of them, Sorrento Networks is back.

The optical firm, which survived the telecom meltdown of 2002, restructuring, acquisition by Zhone and eventual spin-off from that company, had its intellectual property and trademarks acquired by UK repairs and support player Comtek Network Systems (UK) Ltd. last September. The deal might have looked like a definitive end to Sorrento, since Comtek logically saw an opportunity to maintain and repair Sorrento gear already in the field. (See Zhone to Acquire Sorrento, Sorrento Finds Life After Zhone and Rocky Start for New Sorrento.)

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