SAN JOSE, Calif. – Calix, Inc. today announced that Indianola Municipal Utilities (IMU) is deploying a next-generation fiber broadband network to deliver vital communications services to telecommuters in central Iowa. To address the limited residential broadband options, the local utility established IMU Fiber to build and maintain a city-wide fiber to the home (FTTH) network. The response has been remarkable, as IMU Fiber is close to 75% of the way to its 2023 subscriber goal as of the end of March 2020.
With increasing numbers of subscribers working from home, broadband services are proving so vitally important to new telecommuters that daytime usage has more than doubled, climbing to 65% of network capacity. Fortunately, its AXOS®-enabled FTTH network is more than capable of handling the spike in demand. In response to the challenging economic environment, IMU Fiber has also suspended any service disconnects due to missed payments for 60 days.
The local utility has been turning up subscribers rapidly and cost effectively with the AXOS Intelligent Access EDGE solution. IMU Fiber is leveraging the E7-2 Intelligent Modular System and Services Management Connector (SMx) to dramatically simplify their network operations. With AXOS and its ability to support an everyPON strategy, IMU Fiber has a clear upgrade path to 10G PON as network demand continues to grow.
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Over the next two years, approximately 60% of service providers (both large and small) will adopt virtualization on a wide scale across their networks, according to the latest survey report from Ovum. Why are providers making these moves? Is there an easy way to start?
Learn how and why service providers are using virtualization to transform their networks. This webinar will look at how providers are leveraging virtualization to create more flexible and agile networks while also providing a better customer experience. Expert speakers from netElastic and Heavy Reading will address the industry drivers for network virtualization, the benefits that can be realized, the challenges to face and the results of virtualization being achieved by providers today.
Key topics will include:
Current network infrastructure and the move to virtualization
Benefits and challenges of network virtualization
How providers can get started
Service provider success stories: the decision to virtualize, the solution, and results