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Calix ONTs aimed at the SMB market

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 8:05am
Brian Santo

Calix introduced three new optical network terminals (ONTs) targeted at the fast-growing small- and medium-size business (SMB) and mobile backhaul markets.

The 741GE, 742GE and 743GE ONTs, new members of the Calix Unified Access Portfolio, are available in an environmentally hardened, wall-mountable form factor, and each model supports a full gigabit per second of symmetrical bandwidth.

All three feature industry-standard Ethernet operations, administration and management (OAM). The 740GEs feature a full complement of standards-based Ethernet service assurance that enable communications service providers to offer even the smallest businesses Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) services and the tools to ensure conformance to SLAs.

"Over the years, we have created and marketed a broad suite of business services, including business voice, security, high-capacity broadband, and even Web design and hosted offerings," said Kent Claussen, CTO at Enhanced Telecommunications Corp. in southeast Indiana. "Meeting service-level agreements (SLAs) for our business customers is essential to the success of these services and customer satisfaction. With the OAM capabilities that Calix offers on the 740GE ONTs, we will be able to test and monitor our services with more granularity than ever before and provide a better quality of service to our business customers."

The 740GE ONTs feature Calix auto-detect technology, which supports both point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet and GPON and provides communications service providers with a significantly increased level of flexibility and operational efficiency.

For example, with Calix auto-detect, a small business can begin with a 100 Mbps service over GPON and transition to a full dedicated gigabit per second of symmetrical bandwidth as needed. This upgrade can be completed without an equipment change or a truck roll, the company said.

The 741GE, the base business unit with OAM support, features two GE and two POTS ports.

The 742GE and 743GE ONTs feature OAM support and customer-facing, small-form-factor pluggable transceivers (SFPs) supporting both copper and fiber interfaces.

The 743GE ONT also supports two T1/E1s, which together with Gigabit Ethernet optimizes the ONT for mobile backhaul to small cell sites and government institutions that require T1s or fractional T1 services.

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