Dickey Rural Networks (DRN) of North Dakota has upgraded its GPON fiber to the home (FTTH) network with the AXOS E7-2 Intelligent Modular System and Services Management Connector (SMx) from Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX). The service provider also is boosting its Wi-Fi capabilities using elements of the Mesh-Enhanced Carrier Class Wi-Fi line, according to the broadband technology vendor.
Dickey Rural Networks provides triple-play services to customers in rural areas of southeastern North Dakota and northern South Dakota. It operates as two companies, Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative and Dickey Rural Services. The former leverages 19 telephone exchanges in nine different counties within the two states, while Dickey Rural Services provides internet, web hosting, web design, and television services. The company is a long-time Calix customer (see, for example, "Calix offers Flow Analyzer 2.0, update of traffic usage tool").
“When we invest in our network, we are investing in the experience it enables for our customers,” said Kent Schimke, operations manager for Dickey Rural Networks. “Throughout our longstanding relationship with Calix, their flexible solutions ensure that no matter our deployment scenario, we will be able to build a network that provides best-in-class services. As we simplify and increase the efficiency of our network to deliver gigabit connectivity, we are already looking forward to how we can provide 10G services in the future.”
Calix says the upgrade will enable DRN to simplify its network operations, accelerate the deployment of new services, and set the stage for the kind of higher-speed broadband delivery Schimke described.
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