SAN JOSE, Calif. – Calix, Inc. today launched the new GigaSpire BLAST u4, which gives communications service providers (CSPs) an exciting new option to deliver the ultimate Wi-Fi experience, with flexible, plug-and-play deployment. With the introduction of the BLAST u4, the family of BLAST systems is now optimized for every use case—from studio apartments to expansive homes. Like all BLAST systems, the u4 delivers the carrier-class capabilities CSPs need to delight subscribers while maintaining the lowest possible operating cost in their business. The u4 differentiates in design, delivering all those capabilities, with cutting-edge Wi-Fi 6 encased in a compact, minimalist design that will appeal to the most aesthetically demanding consumer.
The release of the BLAST u4 demonstrates Calix's continued commitment to helping CSPs be first to market with the latest technology consumers want and need. Because it's powered by the EXOS platform and part of the Revenue EDGE solution, the BLAST u4 will help CSPs of all sizes eliminate churn, increase average revenue per user (ARPU), and attract new subscribers. Any service provider using the Revenue EDGE can integrate a BLAST system into its back-office operations in days versus the typical months or even years. To make launching this new system even easier, the BLAST u4 is pre-integrated into Calix Support Cloud, so CSPs can take advantage of the support center, and Calix Marketing Cloud, so CSPs can leverage data-driven marketing campaigns. As with all BLAST systems, the CSP’s branded CommandIQ mobile app and EDGE Suites are fully integrated, establishing the CSP's branded virtual storefront with revenue-generating services in multiple rooms in the home.
The BLAST u4 delivers:
Leading consumer design: The minimalist, consumer design of the BLAST u4 allows CSPs to offer a system that can effectively place their brands in the living room of even the most design-conscious subscriber.
Carrier-class capabilities: By eschewing design choices that can reduce reliability, such as internal fans, the u4 ensures carrier-class reliability while delivering capabilities such as TR-069, IPTV support via multiple LAN ports, and cloud analytics.
Optimized price and performance: A single BLAST u4 delivers incredible performance within a small to medium-sized residence, while multiple systems can be easily configured to cover large homes or small businesses. Optional wall-mounting capabilities and separate power cord means the BLAST u4 can live anywhere in the home—unlike mesh systems that plug directly into electrical outlets which are typically too low to the ground for optimal performance.
Intelligent mesh: All BLAST systems can operate as a mesh satellite for an existing system, making the BLAST u4 and the Mesh BLAST u4m the ideal systems to extend and optimize the Ultimate Wi-Fi experience.
Leading security: The BLAST u4 incorporates the latest security features, such as WPA-3 and physically unclonable functions (PUF). These features, along with the ProtectIQ suite, ensure subscribers who work or learn from home are safe from attacks on their devices, as well as viruses, malware, and other internet-based intrusions.
Subscribers want two things: reliable Wi-Fi and continuous coverage for all of their connected devices. To get this, many customers will purchase third-party Wi-Fi routers and gateways from their local consumer electronics retailer. And while these may work, the data shows that most subscribers usually call their service providers when they experience service or security issues with these third-party systems.
It doesn't have to be this way. By offering a managed Wi-Fi solution, service providers can avoid the pain of trying to resolve issues caused by these consumer-grade routers and offer a solution that delivers their subscribers the ultimate Wi-Fi experience – while also generating new streams of revenue.
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