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Fibrant partners with Calix to launch 10 Gbit/s broadband service in Salisbury, North Carolina
Announced Date: 9/3/2015 Published Date: 9/4/2015

The city of Salisbury in North Carolina announced that through a partnership with Calix, a major provider of gigabit fibre infrastructure, the city has become what is believed to be America's first 10 gigabit city, with the new high speed service available to all premises through municipally-owned company Fibrant.

The 10 Gbit/s service is initially being offered at Catawba College, a private academic institution in Salisbury based on the Calix E5-520 Ethernet Service Access Node (ESAN) platform.

After five years building out its fibre network and launching gigabit services last year, Fibrant is now ready to offer 10 Gbit/s service using Calix's systems. The Fibrant network is now able to support up to 10 Gbit/s bandwidth throughout Salisbury via point-to-point Ethernet technology, with plans to transition to next generation PON technology as it becomes available in 2016.

Catawba College's Hoke Hall is the first location to receive 10 Gbit/s services, with infrastructure upgrades planned for other campus buildings. In addition, Catawba is developing a strategic blueprint designed to transform computer labs into digital media creation and collaboration labs, as well as enable high-speed video conferencing in a number of facilities across the campus.

Calix noted that Fibrant rolled out 1 Gbit/s services utilising its E7-2 Ethernet Services Access Platform (ESAP) in 2014, but with consumer bandwidth consumption estimated to be doubling every two years, Salisbury businesses and residents will require higher broadband speeds in the near future.

Fibrant is planning to complement the initial point-to-point 10 Gbit/s technology with next generation PON technologies (XGS-PON and NG-PON2) integrated into Calix E-Series solutions to offer a multi-gigabit subscriber experience for residential and business customers. With a range of 10 Gbit/s-capable technologies available, Fibrant will be able to provide cloud-based services that can meet projected subscriber bandwidth demand over the next decade.

Fibrant and Calix will provide 10 Gbit/s technology for an array of applications as the technology matures, beginning with enterprise-grade applications such as MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services required by data centres, medical and educational institutions. Fibrant intends to expand the services to small to medium businesses and residents utilising Calix's capabilities in XGS-PON and NG-PON2 technology.

Established in 2010, municipally-owned Fibrant has deployed an advanced redundant network featuring two separate backbone connections, as well as enterprise-grade hardware for the city of Salisbury. Fibrant offers business solutions and 24x7 customer service from a local networks operation centre.