CenturyLink widely deploys Calix GPON solutions for mobile backhaul

September 28, 2009

2 Min Read

PETALUMA, Calif. -- Calix, the largest communications equipment supplier focused solely on access solutions for broadband service delivery, today announced that telecom provider CenturyLink (CenturyTel, Inc., NYSE: CTL) has selected the new Calix 766GX, 766GX-R, and 765G-R GPON optical network terminals (ONTs) for fiber-fed mobile backhaul services. CenturyLink has begun implementing this application throughout its service areas in 33 states, which range from small rural communities to large metropolitan areas like Orlando, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. These ONTs can be utilized in conjunction with the extensive infrastructure of Calix C7 platforms deployed throughout the CenturyLink footprint.

CenturyLink is leveraging Calix GPON-fed mobile backhaul solutions that support multiple T1 and gigabit Ethernet ports to provide its mobile operator customers a cost-effective way to address the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth-intensive multimedia and data services by mobile subscribers. The transition to Long Term Evolution (LTE) is on the horizon for many mobile operators, which necessitates backhaul rates of at least 100 Mbps. GPON gives wireline service providers an ideal tool to meet demand for reliability and service quality, while delivering a transition path to meet the mobile operators’ increasing bandwidth requirements. The result is new revenue opportunities, along with lower implementation and maintenance costs made possible through Calix GPON ONT solutions and their support today for service speeds from T1 all the way up to 1 Gbps of throughput.

“By incorporating Calix GPON solutions into the portfolio of options available to our mobile operator customers, we can easily address their demands for more bandwidth to deal with the ever-increasing volume of multimedia and data traffic,” said Dennis Huber, executive vice president, network and IT, CenturyLink. “We have been aggressively deploying fiber to cell towers and selling backhaul transport to assist mobile operators. Our goal, leveraging our extensive Calix footprint and Calix’s powerful ONT portfolio, is to continue to meet the transport needs of our mobile operator customers.”

Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX)

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