Calix Announces Deployment of New FTTH Access Platform, Mobile Backhaul Solution

  • Calix
  • FTTH
  • GPON
  • IPTV
  • Mobile Backhaul
PETALUMA, CA - Halstad Telephone Company (HTC), an independent operator in Minnesota, became the first Calix customer to deploy Calix's E7-20 multiterabit Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP). HTC implemented both GPON and active Ethernet technologies on the E7-20 platform and is using Calix's 700GE/GX optical network terminals (ONTs) at the customer premises.

In its new FTTH network, funded by the broadband stimulus program, Halstad will deliver services to previously underserved and unserved subscribers in five towns and the surrounding rural areas of Norman and Polk Counties in northwestern Minnesota. Services will include IPTV, ultra-high-speed residential and business data services and VoIP.

Because the E7-20 supports both GPON and active Ethernet, and because the ONTs' autodetect technology senses whether GPON or active Ethernet is being used, HTC can match the right technology and service to any customer and offer 1 Gbps speed across different technologies with the same deployment methodology. The E7-20 was introduced to Calix customers at the Calix User Group Conference last fall, and Calix says HTC's deployment is the first of many scheduled over the next month.

"We believe that the E7-20 ESAP represents the future of fiber access, and we are excited to be the first company in the world to deploy it in our network," says Tom Maroney, chief executive officer at HTC. "In less than one hour, the E7-20 was turned up and placed in production. ... Even in our rural market, we can foresee extraordinary bandwidth demand as video consumption continues to proliferate throughout our communities, and the E7-20 provides us with the capacity that we need to address this demand for decades to come."

LIME Deploys Mobile Backhaul Solution

In a separate announcement, Calix revealed that LIME, the Caribbean's leading communications company and part of Cable & Wireless Communications, deployed Calix technology to upgrade its mobile backhaul in 12 of its Caribbean markets. LIME is using GPON and point-to-point gigabit Ethernet (GE) technologies on Calix's E7-2 ESAP to enhance the backhaul capacity of its mobile networks throughout the Caribbean while putting in place an infrastructure flexible enough to allow for future expansion and growth.

Industry-standard Ethernet operations, administration, and maintenance (OAM) technology is used across these networks for remote management and service quality assurance. This initiative also provides the opportunity for future expansion of other advanced broadband services from these locations beyond service to cell sites to nearby businesses and homes as well.

"Mobile traffic growth is skyrocketing across the Caribbean, and we needed a scalable solution that we could rapidly deploy in our network to handle a wide variety of interfaces across ANSI and ETSI standards," explains Patrick Bradd, chief technology officer at LIME. "Calix mobile backhaul solutions have allowed us to get to market quickly, and given us exceptional flexibility, with Ethernet, T1, and E1 termination options at the cell sites, and Ethernet OAM for remote management. It also provides the capacity we will need to rapidly deliver 4G mobile data solutions to our customers. As we look forward, we also see this mobile backhaul expansion initiative as very strategic, providing us with a scalable and economic solution for expanding fiber access services well beyond cell sites in the future with minimal investment."

The LIME mobile backhaul expansion initiative will stretch from Barbados in the east to the Cayman Islands in the west and dramatically improve service to hundreds of cell sites. Although many different configurations are being deployed spanning multiple interfaces (Ethernet, T1, and E1) and technologies (GPON and AE), most include an E7-2 ESAP deployed in an existing cabinet with a C7 Multiservice Access Platform (MSAP) and integrated transport rings incorporating gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10GE, or OC-12 technologies. The scalability and flexibility of the E7-2 also allows for simplified turn-up of additional GPON and AE lines in the future – all out of the same deployed chassis.

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