Calix to supply three North Dakota broadband stimulus winners

April 29, 2010
APRIL 28, 2010 -- Calix says that Reservation Telephone Cooperative, BEK Communications Cooperative, and Dakota Central Telecommunications -- all of which were awarded funds in Round One of the Rural Utilities Service’s Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 -- will use the Calix Unified Access portfolio to deliver broadband services to underserved and unserved communities across North Dakota and Montana.

APRIL 28, 2010 -- Calix (NYSE:CALX) says that Reservation Telephone Cooperative, BEK Communications Cooperative, and Dakota Central Telecommunications -- all of which were awarded funds in Round One of the Rural Utilities Service’s Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 -- will use the Calix Unified Access portfolio to deliver broadband services to underserved and unserved communities across North Dakota and Montana.

Rural subscribers included in the projects awarded to these three communications service providers will be served directly by both GPON and Active Ethernet technologies, capable of broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps and delivering advanced services such as IPTV. The combined total project value of these projects is $32.7 million. This figure includes plant engineering, materials, labor, and other costs, including access equipment.

Although all of these projects predominantly involve fiber access, each will leverage a variety of technologies:

  • Reservation Telephone Cooperative, with its $21.9 million award consisting of a grant and loan, will provide service in rural areas in and around the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in Montana and North Dakota. The project will use Calix’s EXA Powered C7 Multiservice Access Platform (MSAP) for delivery of GPON and VDSL2 services, and the 700GX/700GE portfolio of ONTs to bring voice services, Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV middleware, and broadband data services to homes, businesses, schools and libraries, and tribal government facilities, as well as to cell towers for mobile backhaul.
  • BEK Communications will use its $6.0 million award, consisting of a grant, loan, and matching private investment, to deliver GPON and Active Ethernet broadband services to underserved homes and anchor institutions in Burleigh County, ND. This project will leverage access equipment provided by Calix, including the EXA Powered E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) for GPON and 10-Gigabit Ethernet transport services, as well as the 700GX/700GE ONT portfolio. BEK will deploy SIP voice over IP (VoIP), Cisco middleware for IPTV, and data services to households and businesses.
  • Dakota Central Telecommunications will use its $4.75 million award, consisting of a grant and private investment, to bring GPON-enabled broadband services to every subscriber in its Streeter and Gackle, ND, exchanges. This project will leverage the EXA Powered E7 ESAP and a variety of 700GX/700GE ONTs. Dakota Central Telecommunications will use this advanced network to deploy SIP VoIP, Nokia Siemens middleware for IPTV, and advanced data services to households, businesses, and key community organizations, as well as T1 pseudowire (PWE3) and Ethernet services for cell tower mobile backhaul.


Calix has been selected as the access vendor for all five “last mile” and “middle mile” broadband stimulus projects in North Dakota and Montana, representing a total of $37.2 million in stimulus-related grants, loans, and private investment.

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