Calix Introduces five new line cards to its C7 Multiservice Access Platform,

FEBRUARY 1, 2010 – Calix in Petaluma, Calif., introduced five new line cards that enhance the capacity and Ethernet capabilities of the C7 Multiservice Access Platform (MSAP). These new line cards bring 10 Ethernet transport and aggregation functionality, very high speed digital subscriber line 2 (VDSL2) and enhanced gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) services, as well as Ethernet gateway functionality.

FEBRUARY 1, 2010 – Calix in Petaluma, Calif., introduced five new line cards that enhance the capacity and Ethernet capabilities of the C7 Multiservice Access Platform (MSAP). These new line cards bring 10 Ethernet transport and aggregation functionality, very high speed digital subscriber line 2 (VDSL2) and enhanced gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) services, as well as Ethernet gateway functionality.

The C7 enables CSPs to evolve to advanced Ethernet and fiber-based services from existing copper-based legacy service offerings like plain old telephone services and special business circuits.

"Seven years ago, we were the first Calix customer to install the C7, choosing it because of its flexibility to deliver both a high-capacity SONET transport as well as robust voice and broadband services in one platform," says Gene Baldwin, vice president at Cimarron Telephone, a subsidiary of MBO Corp. in Oklahoma. "Today, our service requirements have evolved to require 10 gigabit-per-second Ethernet transport and the flexibility to support advanced IP-based solutions like Microsoft Mediaroom to our subscribers over both copper and fiber. The C7 is able to seamlessly support this migration without leaving our existing investment behind. The C7 has lived up to its promise, allowing us to cost-effectively and efficiently migrate our network to deploy new services, rapidly capture new revenue opportunities, and maintain a long-term, sustained competitive advantage."

The new EXA Powered C7 line cards share a common software core with other Calix E-Series platforms, including the new E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP). This commonality not only provides engineering efficiencies across the Calix Unified Access portfolio, but allows the C7 MSAP and E7 ESAP platforms to work harmoniously in the access network despite their differences in form factor and functionality, easing the complexities of service delivery and network expansion and delivering the extensibility necessary for an all-video world. Each new card also is compatible with the existing stable of C7 cards, enabling simple service migration and preservation of necessary legacy services.

The new EXA Powered C7 line cards deliver a variety of values to CSPs. The RAP-10GE forms the core of the EXA Powered C7, operating as the common control unit for the C7 and delivering carrier-grade, ERPS ring protected 10 gigabit-per-second and 1 gigabit-per-second transport interfaces, full Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) service assurance and compliance, as well as a 150 gigabit-per-second switching fabric.

The COMBO2-24V and VDSL2-24 deliver high density VDSL2 services, including seamless fallback to ADSL2+, Annex M, and bonding support, in a single-slot form factor that allows for 1:1 replacement of existing Calix ADSL cards for operational simplicity. Its Ethernet Gateway (EGW) acts as a gateway for the existing base of C7 multiprotocol line cards, allowing existing cards to leverage the Ethernet transport infrastructure of the EXA Powered C7.

The OLTG-4E delivers as many as four GPON ports per card, supporting any mix of standard or Extended Reach GPON optical interface modules.

"Advanced Broadband services were in their infancy when Calix first introduced the C7 to the market seven years ago, yet it was clear that over time networks would need to increase capacity in order to support the robust growth in services and bandwidth that broadband proliferation would drive," says Matt Davis, director of telecom services at IDC. "Calix recognized that the efficiency of network and service migration was paramount to long-term service provider success. For those service providers who invested in the C7, the new EXA Powered line cards offer a path to efficiently supporting the new broadband-generated applications that we see emerging in the future."

Calix is also today introducing six new residential optical network terminals (ONTs). The new 700GE ONT family builds on the extensive capabilities of the 700GX ONT family by introducing two or four gigabit Ethernet ports on each 700GE ONT. Like the 700GX ONT family, each 700GE ONT is capable of auto-detecting both GPON and Active Ethernet transport. Each GE access port on the 700GE ONTs is also designed to deliver a full 1 gigabit-per-second of bandwidth in both the upstream and the downstream, and can also support multiple services and virtual local area networks (VLANs), providing exceptional flexibility and efficiency.

The Calix EXA Powered line cards and 700GE ONTs will be on display in the Calix booths 500-503 at the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association 2010 Annual Meeting and Expo in Tampa, Fla., February 2-3.

Calix: www.calix.com

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