Calix inked a multi-year pact with global technology and services provider Infosys to expand research and development on its AXOS software-defined access networking platform, a move designed to give operators the ability to deploy new virtualized functions in the access network without depending on Calix to incorporate them into its product roadmap.
The relationship with Infosys -- which Calix CEO Carl Russo dubbed its "first co-creation partner" -- leverages the abstraction layer within AXOS. That layer enables third parties, such as operators or independent software developers, to create products or services for the access network. Anything running in AXOS operates within containers, which service providers can transfer in and out without having to shut down the entire operating system.
The Calix abstraction technology resides at the silicon level, not on the orchestration plane, giving developers additional flexibility, Russo told Light Reading. This approach also empowers Calix to use external research and development sources and use licensing agreements as new revenue generators.
"Now, rather than customers waiting for us to develop things with our R&D stream, we have a whole different R&D stream [with Infosys] that can develop apps, and in essence share in the benefits of that co-creation," Russo told Light Reading's Mari Silbey. "So now, all of a sudden, instead of Calix's 500 engineers, we're able to take advantage of Infosys's 200,000 engineers ... Now all of a sudden our customers have the benefit of an enormous development resource that can speed their transformations."
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
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In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.