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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.

The AXOS Intelligent Access Edge lets providers bring Layer 3 functionality to Layer 2 access networks. It consists of the newly unveiled Advanced Routing Protocol Module (ARm), along with the Routing Protocol Module (RPm) and the Subscriber Management Module (SMm), plus the E9-2 Intelligent Edge System. Operators can conduct routing functions in their access networks with the RPm or have a full MPLS routed network via the ARm.

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.

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