Calix announces new and enhanced delivery platforms

JUNE 24, 2009--The equipment supplier launches a small-form-factor active Ethernet platform as well as enhancing the extended-reach GPON on its C7 MSAP.

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JUNE 24, 2009--Calix (search Lightwave for Calix), an equipment supplier focused on access technologies for broadband service delivery, has made available the Calix E5-312, a residential active Ethernet (AE) platform. Calix also announced the availability of an enhancement to its extended-reach GPON on the Calix C7 multiservice access platform (MSAP), now allowing customers to reach subscribers located up to 40 km from any C7 FTTP serving location.

"The addition of new optimized residential active Ethernet and enhanced rural GPON solutions to the Calix unified access infrastructure provide service providers deploying fiber with expanded options and unmatched FTTP deployment flexibility," says Kevin Pope, senior vice president of product development at Calix. "No matter what the deployment scenario is for our service provider customers deploying fiber -- whether it is GPON or active Ethernet, business or residential services, small form factor or high-density requirements, or a need to support RF video or IPTV -- Calix has the right solution to meet our customers' needs."

The Calix E5-312 delivers last-mile AE service to residential subscribers at distances up to 60 km while preserving service providers' current optical network terminal (ONT) investment. The purpose-built, environmentally hardened, small-form-factor 1-RU platform enables flexible deployment from the CO to the edge of the access network. AE enables up to 1 Gbps of dedicated symmetrical bandwidth, allowing service providers to strategically serve high-capacity residential customers whose upstream bandwidth requirements exceed that of the general consumer.

The 700GX ONTs auto-detect and support both AE and GPON from a common ONT, allowing service providers to use the E5-312, or other Calix C- and E-Series platforms, to select the appropriate form factor and technology to match the service requirements of subscribers without the expense of replacing the ONT.

The entire Calix FTTP product portfolio supports Calix' 700GX ONT family, which leverages Calix ONT autodetect optics to support GPON and active Ethernet. Autodetect optics streamline a service provider's ability to offer any service, any technology and any speed, including RF overlay and IPTV, from a common FTTP serving location. The 700GX ONTs allow service providers to remotely provision and convert any subscriber to residential AE without expensive truck rolls or customer premises ONT upgrades.

"The Calix E5-312 and 40-km extended-reach GPON provide the perfect complements to our existing GPON deployments," says Rob St. Clair, plant manager for Paul Bunyan Telephone. "Both solutions give us new deployment flexibility and options, yet provide us with the operational advantage of allowing delivery via the same ONT we already deploy, and management via the same Calix Management System (CMS). With the Calix FTTP portfolio, we have the flexibility to deploy the most appropriate fiber technology to deliver virtually any advanced residential or business broadband service�optimized to each unique customer or deployment scenario."

The E5-312 offers:

  • 12 GbE SFP ports for symmetric 1GbE AE services that support copper or bidirectional (single-fiber) optical modules; AE optics modules are Calix screened to ensure carrier-grade performance
  • two standards-based 10GbE SFP+ ports that support ring and point-to-point topologies
  • support for several access network topologies, including GbE/AE aggregation, GbE uplink aggregation, 10GbE/GbE network uplink, and link aggregation
  • link aggregation that provides logical NxGbE link bonding for bandwidth expansion
  • fully management with the Calix Management System (CMS), which provides a single network view and a common user experience independent of media type, protocol, or service

The latest C7 software release 6.1 enables a standards-based GPON that, when deployed with a specialized, pluggable OIM, doubles a service provider's GPON service radius from 20 km to 40 km. The GPON features:

  • support on all existing C7 GPON OLT line cards (new pluggable OIM required)
  • support by any Calix 700, 700G, or 700GX ONT
  • standards compliance based on ITU-TG.984.6 and Amendment 2 to ITU-T G.984.2
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