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SKY Cable selects Calix AXOS for Philippines fibre transformation

Philippines cable operator, SKY Cable is using end-to-end systems from Calix to drive its expansive network transformation to fibre.

The plan is to transform its existing, traditional cable network into an ‘always-on’ software defined network, serving the greater metropolitan areas of Manila and Rizal, as well as Cavite and Laguna. The operator will also deploy AXOS DPx, and Calix WiFi enabled GigaHubs at subscribers’ homes and businesses. The new network will be built end-to-end on Calix AXOS.

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Verizon partners with Calix for milestone NG-PON2 deployments

Verizon will begin its large-scale NG-PON2 deployments during the first quarter of this year, for which the US operator has confirmed Calix as a main supplier partner.

Starting the transformation in Tampa, Florida – with plans to expand into other markets – Verizon will deploy a single access network for residential, business, and mobile services in what it says is an ‘industry-first’ use of NG-PON2 technology.

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CenturyLink trials Adtran’s software-defined access platform

Adtran has announced that US operator CenturyLink is using its virtualised optical line terminal (OLT) in a field trial of next-generation access services.

This is the first US deployment of a disaggregated software-defined access (SD-Access) system, the vendor claims. The virtualised OLT can be programmed to deliver different technologies – in this case XGS-PON and NG-PON2 – from the same hardware, creating a more flexible, manageable and scalable access network infrastructure.

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Calix demos NG-PON2 channel bonding for Verizon

Calix announced that it is the first vendor to demonstrate ITU standards-based channel bonding for NG-PON2, which combines multiple 10Gb/s channels to create a single channel with throughput of up to 40Gb/s.

Channel bonding allows operators to deliver more bandwidth than a single channel can support. This technique is used to boost capacity in DSL and G.fast systems by combining the capacity from several copper cables into a single logical channel. In the case of NG-PON2, the channels are wavelengths running over the same physical fibre.

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