Calix adds Automated Network Service Provisioning to Intelligent Access EDGE

Aug. 20, 2020
The new capability enables communications services providers to pre-provision services without touching the optical line terminal (OLT).

Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says it has added an Automated Network Service Provisioning feature to the Services Management Connector (SMx), which is part of the company’s Intelligent Access EDGE portfolio. The new capability enables communications services providers to pre-provision services without touching the optical line terminal (OLT), which Calix says reduces service turn-up complexity and opex.

The SMx Automated Network Service Provisioning feature builds on the company’s Smart Activate optical network terminal (ONT) provisioning capability. To perform pre-provisioning, network operations teams select an ONT, assign subscriber services to it, and SMx will automatically deliver provisioning to the correct OLT. The process is backward-compatible and will update in SMx when the network operations technician makes changes.

“Our SmartActivate portfolio has always included Remote ONT Activation, but this takes it a step further, completely automating the provisioning process. With pre-provisioned ONTs, network operations teams can turn up services much more efficiently and drive value faster,” explained Michel Langlois, chief development officer, Intelligent Access EDGE products for Calix.

At least one Calix customer is already a fan of the new feature. “Calix consistently delivers the best upgrades to help us further simplify our network operations,” said Mike Neverdusky, network operations manager for Tennessee-based Cumberland Connect, via a Calix press release. “Network operations efficiency is vital to our success, and this latest product release absolutely hits the mark. The more efficiently we can turn up new services, the more valuable we become to the subscribers we serve. The increased efficiency of both turn up and ongoing maintenance will net considerable savings of our time and resources. This new capability will help us continue to deliver best-in-class services and grow our subscriber base.”

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