CenturyLink’s gigabit fiber pilot in Omaha is based on GPON equipment from Calix, the vendor said. The deployment will also utilize Ericsson’s professional services expertise and ecosystem to bring the scale required to connect homes and businesses in Omaha.

CenturyLink is using Calix’s E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700 GE family of optical network terminals (ONT) for the project, announced last Spring.

The network provides subscribers with access to symmetrical 1 Gbps broadband speeds. CenturyLink is using the Calix Compass Flow Analyze software as a service application to both measure usage trends as well as to optimize service performance.

The pilot covers a section of Omaha roughly 10 blocks long and 8 blocks wide, covering roughly 48,000 potential residential and business customers in the city.

CenturyLink is charging $79.95 a month for the gigabit broadband service when bundled with other CenturyLink services, and $149.95 a month for broadband alone.

"The gigabit trial in Omaha is a great opportunity for CenturyLink to provide the businesses and residents in the pilot area a leap forward in broadband technology," said Matt Beal, CenturyLink CTO and executive vice president of corporate strategy and product development. "With the help of Calix, we look forward to seeing what our customers will do with their gig and how it provides us a competitive advantage."