Saddleback Communications Adds GigE to Support Business Customers

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PETALUMA, CA - Saddleback Communications, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based incumbent local exchange carrier, added the Calix E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) to its network to serve businesses and residents in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community with point-to-point gigabit Ethernet. Saddleback also uses the Calix C7 Multiservice Access Platform (MSAP), E7-2 ESAP, and 700GE optical network terminals to support a mixed network of fiber and copper technologies in the urban and rural areas of its 85-square-mile service territory.

Saddleback is a division of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community that serves more than 2,500 residential, small business and corporate enterprise customers in the Phoenix metropolitan area. When it was founded in 1997, the Community had no broadband service and only 75 percent wireline voice coverage. Since then, Saddleback built a fiber-based self-healing network over which it provides state-of-the-art telephony, Ethernet and IP solutions. Today, the service area has 100 percent coverage for ultra-high-speed data and voice services.

"Our community has blossomed in the past several years, as we have introduced DSL, and then fiber, to the area - which has attracted a number of businesses, including spring training baseball stadiums, large corporate offices for national brands, and the local casino," says Shane Gregory, director of operations for Saddleback Communications. "We have partnered with Calix throughout this network transformation, which has helped us keep up with the latest technologies and become more operationally efficient. As we introduce the E7-20 into our network, the platform's flexibility will allow us to roll out a wide variety of new services over fiber, while still giving us capacity to continue to grow well into the future."

To accommodate the growth in its business customer base, Saddleback overhauled its network five years ago, replacing its entire outside plant infrastructure, from the central office through the customer premises. Throughout the process, it continued to extend the reach of its fiber access network, first with the Calix C7, then with the E7-2, and now with the E7-20. Moving forward, Saddleback Communications will continue to take point-to-point gigabit Ethernet into residential areas, which range in geography from suburban neighborhoods to rural ranches and farms.

"At Calix, we continue to build access innovations optimized for service providers to address the specific needs of their business customers," says John Colvin, Calix senior vice president of North American sales and marketing. "Specialized business services are a huge potential source of revenues for our service provider customers across the country. Companies like Saddleback Communications, who are committed to delivering targeted services and packages for their business subscribers also drive economic development opportunities to their communities by attracting new businesses to the area, while also bringing in these new revenue streams."

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