Case Western Reserve University Selects Calix for Gig.U Project (Updated)

PETALUMA, CACase Western Reserve University will deploy one of the nation’s first Gig.U networks, using the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP).

One of 37 universities across the country involved in the Gig.U initiative, which aims to bring ultra-high-speed networks outside the university walls and into the surrounding communities, Case Western Reserve will deploy fiber in and around its Cleveland, Ohio, campus and use Calix
E7-2 and 716GE-I indoor optical network terminals (ONTs) to enable a network capable of delivering
up to 1 Gbps to subscribers. This fiber access network will also deploy Calix's Compass Flow Analyzer software to monitor and analyze the traffic patterns and applications riding across this network.

Calix is working with integrator partner Gigabit Squared as it pioneers new models for public-private partnerships. Information, knowledge, and lessons learned about this deployment will be analyzed and shared by Case Western Reserve, Calix, and Gigabit Squared, whose Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program was announced on May 23 in support of the Gig.U initiative.

“As research organizations, universities are in the unique position to create the ideas and make the
discoveries that will drive the future development of our communities and our country as a whole –
making them an ideal place to deploy and experiment with gigabit fiber networks,” says Case Western Reserve CIO Lev Gonick. “Case Western Reserve has always been on the leading edge of technology – we were the first university to have an all-fiber access network in 1989 – and our work with Gig.U showcases our continued commitment to the advancement of broadband technologies. Throughout the growth of this gigabit network, we are looking forward to working with Calix to learn more about what advanced applications will emerge as students, residents, businesses, and anchor institutions experience the full benefits of the broadband speeds now available to them.”

First Deployment: Judson Retirement Community
The first area targeted for deployment of this gigabit network by Case Western Reserve will be the
award-winning retirement community of Judson at University Circle, a not-for-profit organization that provides housing and care programs for residents.

According to Gonick, the Judson deployment, which will begin this summer, is a research project that will provide connectivity for 136 residents in addition to some of the residence's common areas. The network will be owned and operated by the university for the period of the research project and will not be open to other service providers for the time being. Case Western operates another small gigabit FTTH network for research purposes, which it calls the Case Connection Zone beta block. The core learning from the beta block project, Gonick says, was the importance of focusing research on a specific population - and this informed the choice of the Judson retirement community as the next deployment.

Even though Case Western and Cleveland are part of Gig.U (and Gonick has been one of the driving forces in getting Gig.U established), this project is somewhat different than the other projects contemplated under Gig.U - including the Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program announced yesterday. In general, Gig.U is focused on negotiating with private network deployers to build advanced networks in university communities. In this case, the university itself is doing the building. Nevertheless, Gonick says, "This is a research project that advances both the spirit and direct purpose of the Gig.U initiative."

The Judson subscribers will be able to test a number of advanced broadband services; a particular area of focus will be telemedicine, medication monitoring, and virtual medical care and nursing services because of the project’s close proximity to the Bruening Health Center at
Judson Park. This gigabit network will offer more than just connectivity; it will have the ability to improve the quality of service and increase access to a wide variety of advanced broadband health care applications.

“In the past few years, we have made important strides in the delivery of gigabit services and
applications across the country, but there is still much work to be done,” says David Seda, vice
president of field marketing at Calix. “By working with innovative organizations such as Gig.U and Case Western Reserve, Calix wants to accelerate this momentum and deliver on the promise of gigabit-enabled communities. With the breadth of the Calix Unified Access portfolio and our proven track record in bringing gigabit speeds to communities worldwide, we're excited to continue to help
consumers, institutions, and businesses across the country experience the power of gigabit-enabled
applications and services.”


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