Halstad Telephone selects Calix for three fiber access initiatives

April 14, 2010
APRIL 14, 2010 -- Calix has announced that Halstad Telephone Co. (HTC), a three-time winner of awards provided in Round One of the Broadband Initiatives Program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, has selected the Calix Unified Access portfolio to bring 100-Mbps to thousands of homes and businesses in communities it serves across Minnesota and North Dakota.

APRIL 14, 2010 -- Calix (NYSE:CALX) has announced that Halstad Telephone Co. (HTC), a three-time winner of awards provided in Round One of the Broadband Initiatives Program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, has selected the Calix Unified Access portfolio to bring 100-Mbps to thousands of homes and businesses in communities it serves across Minnesota and North Dakota.

Leveraging an aggregate of $11.7 million in broadband stimulus funds to implement and deploy its network, HTC will deliver advanced IPTV services, residential and business data services, fiber-fed mobile backhaul services, and voice over IP (VoIP) services to previously “underserved” and “unserved” communities.

HTC’s three awarded proposals together cover seven communities and surrounding rural areas in the Red River Valley lying between Minnesota and North Dakota (for example, see "USDA announces 22 RUS BIP broadband stimulus grants" and "Fiber dominates latest US rural broadband stimulus funds release"). Each community will be served via a combination of fiber access technologies (Active Ethernet or GPON) according to its mix of residential and business services and its rural nature. Within Hillsboro, ND, VDSL2 will be used as a deep-fiber technology within the town and Active Ethernet in the surrounding rural areas.

From an application perspective, HTC plans to deliver to these communities a variety of advanced services like IPTV with Cisco middleware, SIP voice calls, a variety of residential and business data services, and even fiber-fed mobile backhaul leveraging T1s, pseudowire (PWE3), and Ethernet.

Calix platforms and equipment planned for deployment include:

  • E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) delivering both Active Ethernet and GPON services and leveraging a 10-Gbps Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS) ring.
  • 711GX optical network terminals (ONTs) terminating both Active Ethernet and GPON for residential applications and a mix of the 760GX family of ONTs to deliver services to businesses, multiple dwelling units (MDUs), and cellular towers for mobile backhaul.
  • E5-120 Ethernet Service Platforms providing VDSL2 and SIP voice services.
  • All platforms, products, and services will be managed and monitored via the Calix Management System (CMS) independent of protocol or media type.


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