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.
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Fiber optic cable vendor Prysmian Group is now shipping its FlexRibbon Technology-based, US-sourced and made 6912 fiber MassLink Cable to service providers seeking densification for 5G or solutions for filled ducts.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
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