Polar Communications deploys Calix 716GE-I indoor ONTs With B6 ESAN


Calix announced that Polar Communications the incumbent
local exchange carrier to more than 12,000 subscribers in North Dakota and
Minnesota, is now delivering advanced broadband services to its subscribers via
a combination of Calix 716GE-I indoor optical network terminals (ONTs) and the
B6 Ethernet Service Access Nodes (ESANs).


Polar is targeting over 1000 homes in Cavalier, North
Dakota, with Active Ethernet technology deployed across the B6 ESAN and
terminated inside the subscriber’s home on the 716GE-I. Subscribers will
receive ultra-high-speed data, advanced IPTV, and Media Gateway Control
Protocol (MGCP) voice over internet protocol (VOIP) services, delivered via a
GENBAND C15 Compact Softswitch (formerly known as the Nortel C1500).


Polar’s new deployment demonstrates the success of the
integration of the B6 ESAN into the mainstream of the Calix Unified Access
portfolio, with the 700GE/GX family of ONTs now being widely deployed in
conjunction with B6 ESANs and provisioned using Calix Management System (CMS)
Release 11.2.


“Polar is extremely excited to benefit from the now
expanded and truly integrated Unified Access portfolio,” said David
Dunning, general manager and CEO of Polar.


“The combination of being able to leverage our
existing C15 Softswitch with the B6 ESAN, which we already have deployed across
our network, and benefit from the unique features of the 716GE-I indoor ONT,
provides an extremely powerful option for us. The real winners are our member
subscribers, who receive a truly compelling broadband services experience
across one of the nation’s most advanced broadband infrastructures,”
Dunning added.


The integration of the B6 ESANs into the mainstream of
the Calix Unified Access portfolio provides extensive new flexibility to Calix
B6 customers, who now have access to the industry-leading ONT features, functions,
and form factors that are part of the 700GE and 700GX ONT families.


With the 716GE-I and Active Ethernet provisioning being
integrated into CMS Release 11.2, Calix customers have a common provisioning and management model across the Calix
access portfolio. The ability to now support MGCP also allows Calix customers
to choose from the full array of VOIP protocols, including SIP, H.248, and


“Polar’s deployment of the 716GE-I with the B6 ESAN
using CMS 11.2 for ONT provisioning is a monumental validation of our
integration efforts,” said Kevin Pope, senior vice president of product
development at Calix.


“It also offers an initial validation of the promise
of the power of bringing together the B6 ESAN with the industry’s leading ONT
portfolio, and managing the solution via CMS, which we believe to be the
industry’s most powerful access management system. This combination of
industry-leading products is proving to be a great fit for Polar, allowing them
to bring together an optimal solution for their network one that we believe
will be a winning model for a wide variety of service providers across North
America,” Pope added.


Calix recently announced that Telecom Management Services
(TMS), a growing consortium of telecommunications companies in Kentucky,
Tennessee, and Alabama, has selected the Calix Unified Access portfolio as its preferred access system for future
projects across its expanding footprint.


TMS plans to act as a catalyst to advanced broadband
service deployments among telecommunications companies by combining its
expertise in enabling and managing services like IPTV with the aggregate scale
of its partner members.


By Telecomlead.com Team
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