LAS VEGAS -- Calix ConneXions -- Continuing its focus on simplification, Calix on Tuesday unveiled the AXOS Intelligent Access Edge solution plus a new line card for Optical Line Terminals, both designed to reduce the complexity of service providers' architectures.
By adding availability of the Advanced Routing Protocol Module to AXOS Intelligent Access Edge, service providers can use software to define, then consolidate subscriber- and service-related functions on the access network, without "undergoing a complete replacement," said Shane Eleniak, senior vice president of platforms at Calix.
"We can take a central office and collapse it into an E9. It's about collapsing everything -- collapsing that workflow and simplifying everything," said Eleniak. "Everything from the subscriber edge to the server edge … led us to the MPLS. It led us to want to collapse everything."
The new Aggregation Services Manager line card for Calix's E9-2 Intelligent Edge System operates with the ARm; it delivers 64 10G ports in one system, according to the vendor, aggregating two OLTs but delivering the benefits of a Layer 3 Access network. Service providers connect their current Layer 2 access network to their edge network with multiple MPLS-capable 40G/100G uplink ports.
By reducing the number of touchpoints, latency improves, said Teresa McGaughey, senior director of AXOS product marketing. In turn, this increases service providers' agility and flexibility, and ability to reduce costs, she claimed.
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.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
As the pool of savvy, fiber-rich operators across the US rural and regional landscape wanes, the financial community will grow even more interested in acquiring or investing in them, a CoBank report says.
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
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
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.