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WOW! Does GPON

PETALUMA, Calif. -- Calix, the worldwide market share leader in gigabit passive optical network (GPON) shipments for both residential and business use (Dell’Oro Group, May 2008), today announced that over 150 service providers are now using its GPON Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) solutions for the delivery of business services. The most recent addition to the Calix FTTP customer family – WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone, the 11th largest cable MSO in the U.S. – adds to the more than 300 service provider customers in North America who have now deployed Calix FTTP solutions.

Calix has seen a dramatic increase in the number of service providers utilizing GPON’s unique ability to deliver both IP over Ethernet and TDM based services. GPON offers service providers a low cost technology for delivering an array of high value, business services, including basic voice services, T1 high caps, high speed Ethernet (10/100/1000 megabits per second (Mbps)), transparent LAN services and RF video, thereby allowing service providers to generate revenues from legacy services as well as emerging services. In addition, GPON operates at 2.5 gigabits per second (Gbps) in the downstream and 1.2 Gbps in the upstream, providing enormous bandwidth capacity and flexibility in delivering high speed services, with over two times the bandwidth of IEEE passive optical networking (EPON) technologies. This combination of low cost, service flexibility, and capacity has contributed to a sevenfold year-over-year increase worldwide in GPON ports shipments in the first quarter of 2008 (Dell’Oro Group), and increased interest from many different segments of the market.

“Over the past few years we have been very successful in offering innovative, reliable business services via FTTP in Evansville, IN and in other Midwestern markets,” said Ron Mattingly, Engineering Manager at WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone. “Calix GPON represents a unique opportunity for WOW! to better serve our communities with more bandwidth, increased flexibility and lower operational expenses.” WOW! Business Solutions services small and medium sized businesses in Evansville, and other WOW! markets in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX)

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