Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative selects Calix E7 for regional GPON

DECEMBER 6, 2010 -- Calix, Inc. (NYSE:CALX) says that Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) of Walterboro, SC, will deploy the Calix E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and a variety of Calix 700GX optical network terminals (ONTs) in its new GPON FTTH/FTTB network.

DECEMBER 6, 2010 -- Calix, Inc. (NYSE:CALX) says that Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) of Walterboro, SC, will deploy the Calix E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and a variety of Calix 700GX optical network terminals (ONTs) in its new GPONFTTH/FTTB network.

Upgrading its entire network infrastructure from copper- to fiber-based services, PRTC will use GPON technology to deliver such broadband services as IPTV, ultra high-speed data services capable of up to 1 Gbps to the home or business, and voice over IP services. PRTC also plans to widely use GPON for mobile backhaul.

In total, over 9500 homes, 150 businesses, and a multiple cell towers in the region will benefit from this seven-year phased initiative, Calix asserts.

“As we looked to the future of broadband demands in the communities that we serve, it was clear that we needed to pull ‘Fiber Forward’ throughout our network and replace our copper infrastructure with state-of-the-art fiber access technology,” said Tony Stout, plant operations manager at PRTC. “We see Calix as the clear leader in fiber access technology and deployments, and the modular E7 and broad portfolio of Calix optical network terminals (ONTs) as well-suited for the diverse service requirements of our community. The real winners will be the residents and businesses of Colleton and Bamberg counties, who richly deserve a premium service experience as good as any big city in the country, and a flexible fiber access infrastructure capable of continuing to meet their emerging demands far, far into the future.”

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