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Numéricable picks Calix, Arcadiz for broadband business service

Tue, 10/16/2012 - 12:19pm
Mike Robuck

Brussels cable operator Numéricable has picked Calix’s GPON technology to upgrade its service delivery platform in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Numéricable is also using Calix’s Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and will work with optical specialist Acradiz Telecom to launch the new business services across the region.

The new platform will enable Numéricable's customers to take advantage of advanced voice, video and data services at symmetrical speeds ranging from 30 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.

Numéricable serves more than 150,000 customers in Brussels with triple-play services for residential subscribers. The company has traditionally delivered triple-play residential services over its hybrid fiber/coax infrastructure, but in recent years it has moved increasingly toward using its fiber to connect businesses and has developed a number of specific niche markets.

Numéricable is now looking at ways to maximize the potential of its fiber infrastructure in Belgium and Luxembourg and deliver revenue-generating advanced services to its business customers.

Numéricable has more than 1,000 business customers, including more than 90 percent of all of the hotels in the European Union's capital city, Brussels. The hospitality sector will be one of the first to benefit from Calix’s GPON technology. The Numéricable's network will enable hotels to offer high-speed Internet services and IP telephony alongside the traditional analog television services in guest rooms, including personalized and interactive TV services.

"We already have an extensive fiber network and large customer base, but the Calix GPON solution will significantly increase the number of customers we can connect over each fiber deployed. This will result in a dramatic reduction in the costs, which we are then able to pass on," said Wim De Naeyer, Numéricable's chief financial officer. "We estimate that our services will be around one-third of the price of other telecom operators in Belgium and Luxembourg. The better usage of our fiber not only gives us the business model that enables us to deploy the services extremely competitively in the market, it also allows us to deploy these high-end business services in quantity across the business sector, where high-speed communications are rapidly becoming indispensible. We are starting with the hotel sector, but we expect to roll this out quickly into areas such as banking and the legal community.”

Arcadiz Telecom, with core expertise in optical networking, designed the platform and partnered with Calix for the deployment of the network, as well as for the comprehensive maintenance and support of Numéricable's FTTx network, including a 24 x 7 hotline for its business customers.

Numéricable is leveraging the Calix E7-2 ESAP and GPON technology to deliver advanced business services over one fiber, significantly reducing deployment costs. Armed with Calix solutions, Numéricable's advanced networks are capable of supporting GPON and point-to-point gigabit Ethernet technology to deliver broadband services, including IPTV and RF video, on-demand audio and video, IP telephony, and instant messaging over fiber.

For businesses, this opens the possibilities of interactive and high-definition digital video streaming, allowing video conferencing and video surveillance applications. It will also support multi-site connectivity, enabling LAN-to-LAN and VPN networks and high-speed data communications and file transfer, as well as enabling extensive use of the cloud.

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