Moving its headquarters to San Jose, Calif., was part need and part messaging for Calix in its transformation from a vendor of access products into a communications software platforms company.
"As a communications platform leader, we're clearly better-placed in San Jose than Petaluma. The transformation of the company is complete from a technology standpoint," said Calix CEO Carl Russo in an interview with Broadband World News about the timing of the move.
And while Calix will retain a presence in Petaluma, Calif. -- historically known as Telecom Valley -- its move to Silicon Valley simplifies and accelerates Calix's ability to leverage cloud, cross-platform connectivity and next-generation infrastructure technologies, Russo said. With Calix's executive briefing center only two miles from the San Jose Airport, it's a convenient stop for prospective customers, partners and employees, he noted.
"People who are developing software platforms are developing them in Silicon Valley," Russo said. "As a software platform company, this is where the center of gravity has to be. We haven't developed our hardware for quite a few years."
At a formal ribbon cutting ceremony this week, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo welcomed Calix to the California city. "Calix joins a growing number of innovative companies choosing to make their home in North San Jose, where they will find enormous opportunity to access talent, a top-tier customer base, and room to scale in the years to come," he said in a release.
Long before the pomp and circumstance, Calix had a presence in the Valley for six years but as it continued to build its teams and add people, the need to stake a bigger claim in the area became apparent, Russo said.
"If I said to you software platforms, you might think of Google, or you might think of Netflix or you might think of Uber -- and people who are developing software platforms, guess where they're developing them? They're developing them in Silicon Valley. They're not developing them anywhere else in the US. Look, stated arrogantly or selfishly, Silicon Valley is the seat of innovation in the world. Anyone trying to develop software platforms as core and central to their business -- and I don't know why you would develop a software platform if it wasn't core and central to your business -- is based within a nine-iron of where I sit, maybe a five iron, but it's not far."
With its headquarters relocated, three platforms available and in use by service providers, Calix now considers its transformation complete and its days as a traditional access vendor over, Russo said.
Governor JB Pritzker introduced the Broadband Advisory Panel, consisting of 25 private citizens and government professionals, who will work with ISPs to guide Illinois' $420 million investment in broadband infrastructure.
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.
The cable industry took a major step in the battle for Gigabit broadband supremacy with the announcement of its 10G Platform vision. The key to realizing this vision hinges on leveraging the right access technologies and network architectures to provide the best balance of benefit versus cost.
One network path has the MSO embracing Next-Generation Hybrid Fiber Coax (NG HFC), which includes:
Distributed Access Architecture (DAA)
Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX)
Virtual Cable Converged Access Platforms (vCCAP)
Fiber-to-the-Home/Business (FTTH/B) is another network option, affording gigabit broadband scalability and 10Gbps service capability. How is an MSO to decide where which option works best and what to do now to prepare its networks for the onslaught of high-bandwidth residential and business applications?
During this webinar, Jack Burton, principal of Broadband Success Partners, outlines current and new access network architectures. Additionally, he will examine the facts and debunk some common misconceptions surrounding both fiber and NG HFC network deployment and maintenance.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Wi-Fi is the foundation of the connected home for consumers; yet, it’s often a source of frustration. With the imminent release of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard – combined with a strong Managed Wi-Fi offer – service providers can reverse subscriber frustration while tapping into new revenue streams.
Key topics include:
What’s different about Wi-Fi 6 and why it matters to your subscribers
The importance of offering Managed Wi-Fi and its connection to Wi-Fi 6
How you can elevate your brand and gain a strong foothold in the home network.