JANUARY 31, 2008 -- Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) has selected Calix's (search for Calix) E5-100 product family to provide Gigabit Ethernet services to office buildings and residential multi-dwelling unit (MDU) locations. TSTT is one of the largest service providers in the Caribbean, serving over 350,000 wireline and one million wireless customers, and is jointly owned by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and Cable & Wireless.
TSTT says it plans to utilize the Calix E5-100 product family as a right-sized option for extending Gigabit Ethernet services to MDUs. The E5-100 product family often acts as an extension to existing Calix C7 multiservice access platforms, which deliver broadband capabilities to more than 150,000 TSTT customers, or can connect directly to the MPLS core network, say Calix representatives. An integrated complement to the Calix C7, the E5-100 product family is managed via the Calix Management System (CMS), allowing TSTT to administer, maintain, and provision itsÂ entire island-wide access network of Calix products using a single, centrally located management system.
"We had an urgent need to extend broadband services to key MDU locations on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago," recalls Cedric Cole, TSTT vice president of access infrastructure and new business. "We identified and selected the E5-100 Ethernet service platform based on installation simplicity, ease of provisioning, and the ability to immediately deliver 20+ Mbits/sec broadband services to MDU residents," he says.
Designed with a native Ethernet architecture, the Calix E5-100 product family enables TSTT to connect small-form-factor access products to its IP infrastructure with multiple Gigabit Ethernet fiber uplinks, while leveraging DSL for service delivery over an MDU's existing twisted-pair infrastructure. The E5-100 product family also supports future advanced broadband service delivery needs by enablingÂ loop bonding for both ADSL2+ and VDSL2 technologies.
"The Calix E5-110 has allowed us to cost effectively fill an immediate service delivery need that previously would have been cost prohibitive," contends Roberto Peon, TSTT CEO. "We see the E5-100 product family as a logical network extension that will allow us to tap into new revenue streams, enabling a new generation of residential and business services."