Northeast Arkansas cable systems operator Fusion Media will expand its use of the AXOS E3-2 Intelligent PON Node from Calix, Inc. (NYSE:CALX), the broadband technology company reports. The new deployments come after Fusion Media's success in using the systems to address a service outage, and will enable the cable company to meet the bandwidth demands of its growing residential and business customers, Calix says.
Introduced in 2016, the AXOS E3-2 is an environmentally hardened remote fiber node for cable operator networks that supports fiber deep and Distributed Access Architecture initiatives (see "Calix AXOS E3-2 Intelligent PON Node supports distributed access network architectures"). The fact that operators can deploy the system aerially, on a pole, or in a pedestal came in handy, Calix says, when Fusion Media experienced a service outage that led to the rapid deployment of new hardware. Fusion was able to order, receive, and deploy the AXOS E3-2s "in a matter of days," according to Calix.
Now, Fusion Media will roll out the system into other parts of its network. "Our serving area has experienced rapid growth in recent years as the local economy has boomed and never slowed down, bringing new residents and businesses to our communities, including a new state-of-the-art hospital," said Chris Woodall, network engineer at Fusion Media. "It is imperative to our business to be the first to offer fiber-based services to these new subscribers. The Calix AXOS E3-2 with its node-based design allows us to enter the market faster, staying ahead of the competition. As we move into new communities and neighborhoods, the E3-2, with its sealed form factor, allows us to deploy services faster in areas where fiber is at a premium, eliminating the cost and time associated with new cabinets and fiber rollout while offering exceptional services virtually anywhere."
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