Calix, a global supplier of solutions for gigabit fibre networks, announced a partnership with Home Telecom, a provider of information and communications services in South Carolina, to enable multi-gigabit services for homes and businesses in the Nexton community in 2016.
Calix noted that with estimates that the average person could soon own 11 cloud-connected devices, the capacity of broadband networks needs to scale to continue to provide consumers with quality broadband services. To prepare for this demand, Home Telecom introduced its GigaFi gigabit service in Nexton, South Carolina and became the first gigabit community in the state nearly two years ago.
To meet continued increasing demand for bandwidth, Home Telecom is now deploying advanced fibre technologies with the aim of making the 4,500-acre Nexton community the most technically advanced in the state to address projected traffic levels of 120 Gbytes per day by 2019 from fibre-connected homes, which is around double the current traffic volume.
Located in Summerville in the greater Charleston area, once fully built Nexton is expected to have over 10,000 homes, including 2,000 apartments, and 6 million sq feet of commercial space. As a part of a gigabit-enabled community, Nexton Elementary school, which opened earlier this year, leveraged its broadband connectivity by giving each student an iPad or Chromebook to enable personalised learning services.
Home Telecom specifically plans to enhance its GigaFi gigabit service by implementing next generation PON technologies including XGS-PON and NG-PON2 integrated with Calix's E-Series and GigaCenter solutions to enable multi-gigabit subscriber services for Nexton residents and businesses.
Through the ability for XGS-PON and NG-PON2 technology to support symmetrical speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s, as well as coexist with installed GPON solutions, Home Telecom will have a range of options to help it meet the evolving broadband requirements of its subscribers in the community of Nexton.
Earlier this year, the North Carolina city of Salisbury announced a partnership with Calix under which the city had become what was believed to be America's first 10 gigabit city, with the new high speed service available to premises through municipally-owned company Fibrant. The 10 Gbit/s service utilises the Calix E5-520 Ethernet Service Access Node (ESAN) platform.