Numéricable selects Calix E7-2 ESAP for broad broadband business services rollout

Telecom Lead Europe: Calix announced that Belgian service provider Numéricable has selected the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology to upgrade its service delivery platform in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Calix, along with optical specialist Arcadiz Telecom, will work closely to roll out Numéricable’s new high-speed broadband networks to deliver business services across the region. The new platform will enable Numéricable’s customers to take advantage of advanced voice, video, and data services at symmetrical speeds ranging from 30 megabits per second (30 Mbps) up to 1 gigabit per second (1 Gbps).

The company has traditionally delivered triple-play residential services over its hybrid fiber coax infrastructure, but in recent years has moved increasingly towards using its fiber to connect businesses and has developed a number of specific niche markets.

The company is now looking at ways to maximize the potential of its fiber infrastructure in Belgium and Luxembourg and deliver revenue-generating advanced services to its business customers.

Numéricable’s network will enable hotels to offer high-speed Internet services and IP telephony alongside the traditional analogue television services in guest rooms, including personalized and interactive TV services.

Numéricable is leveraging the Calix E7-2 ESAP and GPON technology to deliver advanced business services over one fiber, significantly reducing deployment costs. Armed with Calix solutions, Numéricable’s advanced networks are capable of supporting GPON and point-to-point gigabit Ethernet technology to deliver world-class broadband services, including Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and RF video, on-demand audio and video, IP telephony, instant messaging, and broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbps over fiber.

“We estimate that our services will be around one-third of the price of other telecoms operators in Belgium and Luxembourg,” said Wim De Naeyer, Numéricable’s chief financial officer. “The better usage of our fiber not only gives us the business model that enables us to deploy the services extremely competitively in the market, it also allows us to deploy these high-end business services in quantity across the business sector, where high-speed communications are rapidly becoming indispensible.”

“We are starting with the hotel sector, but we expect to roll this out quickly into areas such as banking and the legal community,” Naeyer added. “The continuous support and expertise of Arcadiz, coupled with the quality, simplicity, and scalability of the Calix FTTx solutions, were decisive elements in our selection process.”

Arcadiz Telecom, with core expertise in optical networking, designed the solution and partnered with Calix for the deployment of the network, as well as for the comprehensive maintenance and support of Numéricable’s FTTx network, including a 24×7 hotline for its business customers.

Arcadiz Telecom provides Numéricable with the required multilingual professional services and optical consultancy, assuring a fast introduction of the new platform.

“Our partnership with Calix is key to our FTTx network strategy and we are delighted that Numéricable has recognized the value that our combined strengths can deliver,” said Jos Vermeylen, Arcadiz’s managing director.

Ericsson sells fiber access business to Calix

Recently Ericsson sold its fiber access business to Calix. Ericsson’s fiber access assets are the Ericsson EDA 1500 GPON solution and ONT portfolio.

Calix has also signed a global reseller agreement with Ericsson. Calix will become Ericsson’s preferred partner for broadband access applications. As per the reseller deal, effective for three years, Ericsson will sell Calix Unified Access systems and software as its preferred fiber and VDSL2 access solution in 180 countries worldwide.

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