SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Calix today said it joined prpl Foundation, a collaborative organization of vendors and network operators dedicated to building a flexible, common software framework for embedded IoT devices. The foundation supports open systems to deliver common, standards-based APIs that are hardware-agnostic and enable network operators to create differentiated applications. It's the Foundation's keen focus on accessible, open source software that aligns with the Calix mission of enabling communications service providers (CSPs) to elevate every aspect of their businesses—revenue, brand, and services.
It's why Calix built Marketing Cloud, Support Cloud and EXOS, a service provider-exclusive hardware-independent, modular, standards-based smart home operating system. These solutions enable all operators -- from regional providers such as Pioneer and WCTA to global providers -- to rapidly adapt to changing industry standards through the power of software and the cloud.
"As a leading tech innovator delivering intelligent software platforms and cloud-based solutions for broadband networks, we are thrilled to welcome Calix as a new member of the prpl Foundation, " said Art Swift, president for prpl Foundation. "prpl is dedicated to advancing the communications technologies we use every day, which necessitates providing a forum for vendors and service providers to work together. Ultimately, this collaboration is the only way to ensure industry standards continue to meet the demands of subscribers and the real-world issues operators face. "
The prpl Foundation focuses on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices for the IoT and smart society of the future. The Foundation aims to develop, support and promote an open-source, community-driven consortium that furthers the IoT and smart device community. Originally developed around the MIPS ecosystem, prpl has evolved to be instruction set-neutral.
"Calix has always taken pride in designing flexible software and cloud solutions that serve the needs of communications service providers of all types and sizes, and a large part of that is a commitment to building standards-based solutions, " said Michel Langlois, chief development officer for Calix. "We are proud to be joining the prpl Foundation, as its communal approach and dedication to open source solutions align well with our vision for EXOS and Calix Cloud, which benefit our more than 1500 service provider customers. Furthermore, helping shape industry standards is essential to delivering value for our customers, and prpl gives us the forum to work alongside our peers to address that goal. "
To learn more about Calix and our point-of-view on the market trends shaping the future of the smart home, visit the Calix Perspectives site.
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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;
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