Predict your next investment

SOFTWARE (NON-INTERNET/MOBILE) | Education & Training Software

See what CB Insights has to offer

Founded Year



Acquired | Acquired

Total Raised






About Lightspan

Lightspan provides curriculum-based educational software and Internet products and services used in school and at home. The Company's technology, delivery systems, and content help increase student interest in learning, family involvement in children's education, and productive interaction among teachers, parents, and students. Lightspan sells Internet and software-based curriculum products both to K-8 schools and remedial educational software to colleges and universities. The Company also offers a free, K-12 Internet service targeted at students, parents and teachers. Lightspan went public on February 9, 2000 (Nasdaq: LSPN). Lightspan was acquired (referred to as a merger by media) with Plato Learning on November 17, 2003 (Nasdaq: TUTR).

Lightspan Headquarter Location

10140 Campus Point Drive

San Diego, California, 92121,

United States


Latest Lightspan News

Openreach and Nokia test 25G PON full-fibre

Jul 19, 2021

Trials of next-generation full-fibre broadband will be based on passive optical network technology Share this item with your network: By Published: 19 Jul 2021 10:30 Since the beginning of 2020, Openreach has been ramping up the delivery of ultra-high-speed broadband across the UK as part of the government’s target to offer gigabit connectivity to 85% of the UK, but looking much further ahead, BT’s broadband provision division has revealed details of trials of online offers that are more than 10 times faster. The company has revealed it is working with Nokia  to conduct the UK’s first-ever tests of what it says is a new full-fibre technology, which it believes could deliver ultra-reliable broadband services that are 10 times faster than today’s UK standard deployments. The 25G PON (passive optical network) technology, pioneered by Nokia, is designed to deliver download speeds of 25Gbps over a single optical fibre, and it can run on the same underlying infrastructure that Openreach is already building across the UK. Nokia’s system utilises 25GS-PON technology  that includes Lightspan access nodes – high-capacity access nodes for massive scale fibre roll-outs – as well as 25G/10G optical cards and fibre modems. Typically located in telecom central offices, Lightspan nodes see use in connecting up to thousands of users via optical fibre, aggregating their broadband traffic and sending it deeper into the network. Nokia expects 25G speeds to be used by operators to extend their full-fibre networks beyond residential use into enterprises. The technology is also appropriate to be used by operators for 5G backhaul, which Nokia says will become important as 5G networks become pervasive and require small cells to be deployed in areas of dense traffic. Having already tested the 25G PON technology at Openreach’s Adastral Park lab in Ipswich, UK, Nokia and the broadband provider plan to launch a field trial by the end of 2021. The trial will put the technology through its paces using a range of applications described as bandwidth-hungry. If the field trials to test compatibility with existing technologies are completed successfully, Openreach said this could mean the companies developing an even wider range of services and speeds for the UK’s communications providers to offer consumers and businesses in the future, allowing them to upgrade customers quickly, smoothly and without disruption. “As the country’s largest digital infrastructure provider, it is crucial that we continue to plan, innovate and evolve our network, to make sure we have the capacity and capabilities that the UK needs in the future,” said Peter Bell, network technology director at Openreach. “The full-fibre network we are building today is going to be the platform for the UK’s economic, social and environmental prosperity, and these trials prove that we can keep upgrading the speeds and services our customers experience over that network for decades to come.” Nokia Fixed Networks president Sandy Motley added: “The key to unlock the virtually unlimited capacity that fibre offers is to develop new generations of fibre technology – and faster chips. Nokia’s Quillion chip allows us to have a solution that supports three generations of PON technology from a single platform that is already in the Openreach network. “Having GPON, XGS-PON and 25GS-PON all on the same fibre means Openreach can efficiently evolve the network capabilities, address new opportunities and connect more consumers, businesses and 5G cell sites.” Read more about optical technologies This email address doesn’t appear to be valid. This email address is already registered. Please log in . You have exceeded the maximum character limit. Please provide a Corporate Email Address. I agree to TechTarget’s Terms of Use , Privacy Policy , and the transfer of my information to the United States for processing to provide me with relevant information as described in our Privacy Policy. Please check the box if you want to proceed. I agree to my information being processed by TechTarget and its Partners to contact me via phone, email, or other means regarding information relevant to my professional interests. I may unsubscribe at any time. Please check the box if you want to proceed. By submitting my Email address I confirm that I have read and accepted the Terms of Use and Declaration of Consent. Read more on Telecoms networks and broadband communications

Predict your next investment

The CB Insights tech market intelligence platform analyzes millions of data points on venture capital, startups, patents , partnerships and news mentions to help you see tomorrow's opportunities, today.

Expert Collections containing Lightspan

Expert Collections are analyst-curated lists that highlight the companies you need to know in the most important technology spaces.

Lightspan is included in 1 Expert Collection, including Smart Money VCs (2017-2019).


Smart Money VCs (2017-2019)

6,297 items

We crunched the data to identify the 24 VC firms with the best combination of portfolio valuations and investment outcomes.

CB Insights uses Cookies

CBI websites generally use certain cookies to enable better interactions with our sites and services. Use of these cookies, which may be stored on your device, permits us to improve and customize your experience. You can read more about your cookie choices at our privacy policy here. By continuing to use this site you are consenting to these choices.