MSP Today Expert Feature
September 03, 2014

Calix Announces Carrier-Class Wi-Fi Platforms for Delivering Broadband Services

Managed broadband communications service provider Calix (News - Alert), Inc. is out to transform the way gigabit broadband services are delivered and managed. The company has launched its 844G and 854 GigaCenter service delivery platforms, designed specifically for managing broadband delivery services to fiber connected homes.

According to Calix, the platforms deliver in-home carrier class Wi-Fi using 802.11ac “wave 2” 5 GHz band technology. The GigaCenter solutions also use 4x4 MU-MIMO and beam forming, enabling high levels of quality coverage for wireless devices and symmetric broadband data rates of up to one Gbps for wired devices.

The platforms act as an extension of the access network, enabling service providers to rapidly roll out new services and take advantage of network functions virtualization (NFV). MSPs can manage deployment of services while gleaning visibility into performance and operating costs through the Calix Compass (News - Alert) software. The platforms also include an embedded service creation engine for rolling out new resident and cloud-based applications as well as third-party apps and network management tools.

"The advanced carrier class Wi-Fi capabilities of the Calix GigaCenter will be a game changer for us—dramatically reducing our subscriber installation times in our IPTV (News - Alert) service areas,” said Randy Olsen, assistant general manager of Venture Communications Cooperative, a member-owned technology service provider. “Putting a fully managed and monitored network element in the home is also strategically important to Venture, as it gives us the ability to actively manage the home network as well as introduce new cloud-based service possibilities to our subscribers."

The 844G GigaCenter is IPTV capable, while the 854G platform is RF-enabled. For organizations like Venture, which specializes in delivering video services, the offerings are critical for handling an increasing number of subscriber installations while also lowering labor costs and delivering high qualities of service.

"To be successful in delivering bandwidth intensive broadband services to the next generation of consumers, service providers must combine fiber and wireless technologies to build an agile and responsive network that can rapidly deliver these services to the connected world," said Michel Langlois, senior vice president, systems products, at Calix. "The emerging family of GigaCenters will give Calix customers a strategic foothold in the fiber connected home and an advantage in an increasingly competitive and demanding market, allowing them to transform their business models by delivering the best user experience to every subscriber."

Edited by Maurice Nagle