Calix, Inc. (NYSE:CALX) says that three-time broadband stimulus award winner Halstad Telephone Co. (HTC) is the first to deploy the EXA Powered E7-20 multi-terabit Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP). The deployment is part of a new fiber to the home (FTTH) roll out that will deliver broadband services to previously underserved and unserved subscribers in five towns and the surrounding rural areas of Norman and Polk Counties in northwestern Minnesota.
HTC plans to use the E7-20’s GPON and Active Ethernet FTTH capabilities, paired with Calix’s 700GE/GX family of optical network terminals (ONTs), in the deployment, which will support service speeds of 1 Gbps.
"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," said Tom Maroney, chief executive officer at HTC. "In less than one hour the E7-20 was turned-up and placed in production delivering services over GPON and Active Ethernet to customers. 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."
Calix says that HTC’s deployment of the E7-20 is the “the first of many scheduled over the next month.” The E7-20 ESAP is designed as a high-capacity, low-latency, all-fiber access concentrator with 2 Tbps capacity. It currently supports GPON, Active Ethernet, and point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet (GE) services on the subscriber side and multiple 10-Gigabit Ethernet transport services on the network side, the E7-20 has the capacity to symmetrically deliver 100 Gbps of non-blocking, fully redundant throughput to each of its 20 universal line card slots.
HTC is deploying the E7-20 along with the E7-2 ESAP, the E5-120 Ethernet Service Access Node (ESAN), and 700GE/GX family of ONTs with auto-detect capabilities across each of its three broadband stimulus projects, and using the Calix Management System (CMS) to provision and manage the delivery of advanced broadband services across GPON, Active Ethernet, point-to-point, and VDSL2 to its subscribers.
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