PETALUMA, CA â€“ Calix, a provider of broadband communications access systems and software, announced the launch of the 844G and 854G GigaCenters, the first in a family of premises service delivery platforms that will transform how gigabit broadband services in the fiber connected home are managed and delivered. The heart of the gigabit subscriber experience, the 844G and 854G GigaCenters are the first fiber products in the world to unleash the power of carrier class Wi-Fi in the home, delivering unprecedented in-home wireless broadband coverage, quality of service, and speed. Wielding the latest 802.11ac â€œwave 2â€ 5 GHz band Wi-Fi technology with 4×4 multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) and beamforming, each GigaCenter allows service providers to deliver carrier class speeds and ubiquitous coverage to wirelessly connected devices in use throughout the subscriber home, and deliver symmetric broadband data rates of up to one gigabit per second (1 Gbps) to wired devices.
An extension of the access network, the GigaCenter also establishes a new strategic location for service providers in the home, allowing them to rapidly introduce advanced broadband services and network functions virtualization (NFV), and dramatically change the deployment economics of services like IPTV while maintaining extensive control and visibility via Calix Compass software.
â€œLike all service providers facing a highly competitive market environment, we look for new ways to derive operational efficiencies while improving the service experience of our subscribers,â€ said Randy Olsen, assistant general manager of Venture Communications Cooperative in Highmore, South Dakota. â€œThe advanced carrier class Wi-Fi capabilities of the Calix GigaCenter will be a game changer for us â€“ dramatically reducing our subscriber installation times in our IPTV service areas. 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 GigaCenter provides Venture with a powerful new platform that cements us as the premier broadband provider in our market.â€
Managed In-home Services and Devices
GigaCenters allow service providers to control and manage an extraordinary mobile and video-rich broadband experience in the home, and, through the ability to easily customize each unit with their logo, directly associate the value of that experience with their brand. When combined with Calix Consumer Connect software, service providers gain an unparalleled view of broadband-enabled devices, priming them to find new potential revenues and enhance the gigabit broadband experience through managed in-home services and devices.
Embedded Service Creation Engine
Key to enhancing this experience is an embedded service creation engine in the GigaCenters which serves as a launch pad for new resident and cloud based applications and network management tools, as well as third party applications. This application flexibility creates an agile and highly scalable environment for new revenue-generating services modules that can deliver value-added services.
Less Interference Paired with Concentrated Power
The IPTV-capable 844G GigaCenter and its RF-enabled sibling, the 854G, are the first in a family of premises service delivery platforms that will feature the latest in carrier class Wi-Fi technologies. Testing of this technology has shown that the combination of less interference with concentrated power means that GigaCenters can reach virtually ubiquitous coverage of even traditionally challenging home environments, providing significant improvements over previous technologies, while reliably delivering nearly three times more bandwidth.
Armed with the GigaCentersâ€™ enhanced wireless coverage and performance, video service providers like Venture have the potential to accelerate their average number of new video subscriber installations each day by double or more, while simultaneously lowering labor costs, increasing subscriber satisfaction, and reducing time-to-revenue â€“ significantly improving the business case for fiber deployment.
Combining Fiber and Wireless Technologies
â€œTo 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,â€ said Michel Langlois, Calix senior vice president, systems products. â€œThe introduction of the Calix 844G and 854G GigaCenters marks a major milestone in the Calix vision by leveraging the most advanced fiber, wireless, and cloud technologies available to accelerate service velocity, and lay the foundations for network functions virtualization. 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.â€
The first 844G and 854G GigaCenters will initially support GPON technology on the Calix E7 Ethernet Service Access Platforms (ESAPs). Already being tested in service provider labs, Calix will be taking initial orders for this product in late September 2014 in advance of broad availability in October. New members of the 800 family will be coming soon, including models with auto-detect technology to support both GPON and point-to-point gigabit Ethernet deployments, as well as other platforms supporting carrier class Wi-Fi and HPNA and MoCA home networking technologies.