Calix powers electric cooperative fiber broadband projects in Missouri



Telecom Lead Team:
  Calix announced that two Missouri
electric cooperatives, Co-Mo Electric Cooperative of Tipton and United
Electric Cooperative of Maryville have selected the Calix Unified
Access portfolio to bring fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) to over 27,000
homes and businesses in the region.


Co-Mo and United are both deploying the EXA Powered
Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE
family of optical network terminals (ONTs) and utilizing gigabit passive
optical networking (GPON) technology.


The deployment allows them implement most advanced
broadband network infrastructures.


“With over 700 customers now utilizing the Unified
Access portfolio to bring advanced broadband services over fiber to their
communities, Calix brings industry-leading expertise and insight to this
rapidly emerging market,” said John Colvin, senior vice president of North
America sales and marketing at Calix.


Co-Mo and United will offer high-speed data and
voice services over their fiber access networks that are capable of delivering
up to 1 gigabit per second (1 Gbps) to any subscriber.


“In rural Missouri, we must find every opportunity
to keep our community thriving and competitive with urban areas,” said Ken
Johnson, general manager and CEO at Co-Mo.


Committed to furthering economic development in their
respective communities, both cooperatives will also be looking towards
telemedicine and distance learning applications in the future for local schools
and health care institutions.


“At United, we serve a very large area with a low
subscriber density, but within our member base we found a huge need for true
broadband services,” said Gene Dorrel, general manager at United.


The company said that it is leveraging its vast fiber
access experience to help electric cooperatives, such as Co-Mo, United, and
others like Arrowhead Electric in Minnesota, as they bring broadband services
and new opportunities for economic development to their broadband-starved


Recently, Calix introduced two new optical line terminal (OLT) cards to its Unified Access


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