Apr
26
2012

Calix Announces Three Municipal Customer Wins for FTTH

PETALUMA, CACalix announced that the City of Danville, Va., selected the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) to support its municipal fiber network expansion. As the city and its service provider partner Gamewood continue to expand the nDanville open access fiber network to reach new business and residential subscribers in new areas like those near Averett University, they will leverage GPON technology across the E7-2 ESAP and Calix 716GE-I indoor optical network terminals (ONTs) to deliver high-speed data, voice, IPTV and security services.

nDanville began delivering service across three counties beginning in the fall of 2007. This network has been a pioneer in municipal broadband, honored for three consecutive years as a Smart21 award winner by the Intelligent Community Forum. The 500-square-mile network not only has delivered services to local residents and businesses but also serves city-owned utilities and the Danville public schools. The schools, which were connected in the first phase of the nDanville network build, benefit from speeds of up to 1 Gbps, some of the fastest speeds available in the country. Throughout the history of the nDanville network, the entire project has been self-funded, relying solely on revenues brought in by the city.

“Danville is a city in transition, retraining our workforce from declining industries such as textiles and tobacco, and looking to differentiate ourselves from other cities in our region to attract new business to the area,” says Jason Grey, broadband network manager for nDanville. “With our city’s self-funded, open access network, we have been able to attract over 140 business customers to date and will be expanding to reach nearly 44,000 subscribers in the future. As this expansion continues, the flexibility of the E7-2 platform and Calix leadership in the fiber-to-the-home market will be assets for us and will help us to quickly reach a new set of potential subscribers and service provider partners.”

Along with the City of Danville, Calix recently partnered with two other innovative municipalities that are bringing advanced broadband services to their communities.

• The town of Olds in Alberta, Canada, has begun deploying a communitywide GPON network using the Calix E7-20 ESAP and 716GE-I indoor ONTs. Spearheaded by the Olds Institute for Community & Regional Development and other community leaders, this town of 8,000 residents will deploy the first all-fiber municipal network in Canada. Olds will offer advanced voice and broadband services, including an advanced IPTV service.

• Indianola Municipal Utilities in Iowa will deploy a point-to-point gigabit Ethernet (GE) network to the 15,000 residents of the city using the Calix B6 Ethernet Service Access Nodes (ESANs) and 700GE family of ONTs, expanding upon its existing network which delivers high-speed data and voice services to more than 70 commercial and public subscribers. As part of the network’s open access license model, MCG of Oskaloosa, Iowa, a CLEC with a long history of successful fiber deployments, is licensed to utilize Indianola’s municipally-owned infrastructure. Indianola Municipal Utilities owns the infrastructure, and MCG will build and operate the network as well as provide cobranded advanced voice, video and high-speed data services.

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