Calix takes a gig to the home
Calix has added gigabit Ethernet interfaces to the subscriber side of its optical network terminals, or ONTs, aiming to give telcos a bandwidth boost with which to compete against cable broadband.
Assuming an oversubscription rate of less than 16 to 1, Calix’s new 700G ONTs allow carriers to offer 1 Gb/s peak downstream broadband speeds. The new ONTs come with only a “very minor” increase in price over Calix’s previous gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) customer premises gear, which offered a maximum of two 100 Mb/s Ethernet ports facing the customer.
Calix is comparing the 1 Gb/s peak downstream speeds of its new ONTs with the 160 Mb/s peak speed of DOCSIS 3.0, which cable companies are expected to deploy in the near future. But because cable and GPON bandwidth is shared, Calix recommends carriers focus their marketing efforts on sustained average, rather than peak, downstream speeds. The vendor claims its new ONTs deliver 80 Mb/s on average, while cable companies using DOCSIS 3.0 would average 640 kb/s. Calix based that last number on speeds specified by the 3.0 standard as well as an industry heuristic of 250 homes per cable broadband node.
“This definitely puts telcos at a significant advantage in the ongoing bandwidth wars,” said Jeff Heynen, an analyst at Infonetics Research, in a press release issued by Calix. “Telcos are able to deploy access infrastructure today that typically has more bandwidth than what cable operators plan to deploy using DOCSIS 3.0. This is also a reason many cable operators are considering PON-based [fiber-to-the-premises] access networks as a replacement for [hybrid fiber coax] technology that is fundamentally 30 years old.”
The 700G became generally available two weeks ago and has already been deployed by Bloomer Telephone, a Wisconsin telco.
Want to use this article? Click here for options!
© 2014 Penton Media Inc.
In this Webinar you will learn how to create a real-time relationship with your customers, how to proactively improve the customer experience, and how to successfully target and cross-sell services to boost incremental revenue.
- Megabytes to Megabucks, Bandwidth to Business Models: How 4G Is Changing Everything
- How to Unplug Your Redundant Telco Apps To Save Money and Improve Efficiency
- When IaaS Isn't Enough: Service Provider Business Models to Drive Growth and Build Margin
- How to Transform Your Aging Telco Voice Network to Drive New Profits and Revenue
- Creative Licensing Approaches for Telcos & Their Network Equipment Vendors
- Smart Home Opportunity: Balancing Customer Data & Privacy
This paper discusses the rise of Diameter and benefits of Diameter Protocol.
- Conducting The Orchestration – Order Management at the Speed of Business
- Toward a Converged Network Edge
- Beyond Spam – Email Security in the Age of Blended Threats
- 6 Important Steps to Evaluating a Web Filtering Solution
- The Expertise to Protect You from Botnet and DDoS Attacks
- Seeing is Believing – Bridging the Order Visibility Gap
Service providers are under tremendous pressure to turn up new services faster then before and, at the same time,
to do it at less expense - and intra-office fiber is one of the biggest challenges in terms of both cost and service
From the Blog
Join the Discussion
Get more out of Connected Planet by visiting our related resources below:
Connected Planet highlights the next generation of service providers, as well as how their customers use services in new ways.Subscribe Now