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Calix introduces hardened, node-based E3-8G OLT enabling gigabit services for cable operators
Announced Date: 10/13/2015 Published Date: 10/14/2015

Calix, a major supplier of solutions for gigabit fibre deployments, announced the latest member of its E-Series portfolio with the E3-8G product, an environmentally hardened, node-based optical line terminal (OLT).

The new node is designed to allow cable operators to cost-effectively deliver symmetrical gigabit services immediately and prepare for 10 Gbit/s and multi-wavelength-based PON service offerings in the future. Featuring 60/90 volts AC cable plant power and a strand or pole mountable node-based design, the E3-8G node is designed to enable the delivery of advanced broadband services to over 500 subscribers using proven GPON technology.

Complemented by Calix Compass Open Link Cable DOCSIS provisioning software, the E3-8G can significantly increase gigabit service velocity and allow cable operators to deliver advanced gigabit service offerings over FTTx network architectures.

Calix stated that by adopting a node-based architecture, cable operators can employ a familiar form factor and deployment model, as well as improve the economics of fibre deployments versus traditional fibre network deployments. The new E3-8G is temperature and environmentally hardened and designed to allow a faster deployment model by eliminating the time and costs associated with acquiring facilities for the placement of PON equipment in the outside plant.

In addition, the node-based form factor of the E3-8G mimics traditional cable network equipment and provides operators with a familiar architecture for both residential and commercial deployments.

In conjunction with the launch of the E3-8G node, Calix is also expanding its GigaCenter family with the new 856G GigaCenter, a premises service delivery station that supports MoCA 2.0, a range of services and resident/cloud-based applications together with carrier class WiFi. Support for carrier class WiFi is designed to facilitate cable operators' transition from RF video to IPTV services.

Earlier in the year, Calix expanded the E3 node family with the introduction of the E3-16F SDPU node, a hardened, sealed unit that is fibre-fed and based on GPON technology. It also launched the 844F GigaCenter product for terminating signals and delivering a managed gigabit service via hard-wired, carrier-class WiFi connectivity.