Cable veteran Bowick joins Calix’s board
Former Cox Communications chief technology officer Chris Bowick has been named to Calix’s board of directors. Bowick replaced former chief financial office Michael Ashby on the board. Ashby retired from Calix in February.
In addition to Cox, where he also held the position of senior vice president of engineering, Bowick’s career includes stops at Charter Communications, Jones Intercable and Scientific-Atlanta. In 2011, Bowick filled in as Charter’s interim CTO after Marwan Fawaz resigned.
"Service providers of all kinds, traditional telecoms operators, cable companies, wireless providers, municipalities, and other new entrants, are all grappling with the access network implications of content moving to the cloud and with the proliferation of broadband-enabled devices," said Calix President and CEO Carl Russo. "Our Unified Access architecture has been meeting this challenge for many years. Chris's extensive knowledge and experience in leadership roles at communications technology companies and service providers is a tremendous asset for Calix as we help our customers continue to adapt, transform, and grow."
After he retired from Cox in 2009, Bowick founded and currently serves as president of The Bowick Group, LLC, who provide technology, product, business, and executive development advice and counsel to clients in the cable television and telecommunications industries. Bowick currently serves on the boards of directors of ViXS Systems and Minerva Networks.
"Calix has proven to be a leader in the broadband access market in North America over the course of the last decade through innovation, vision, and execution," said Bowick. "The company is well positioned to capitalize on the emerging convergence of cable and telecom markets as service providers increasingly turn to fiber based solutions to deliver the speed and quality of service being demanded by both business and residential consumers. I am looking forward to joining the Calix team as the company executes on its next phase of growth."
Calix also announced today that Grande Communications had deployed its E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP), 700GE family of optical network terminals ONTs), and its recently introduced Compass Open Link Cable software to deliver broadband speeds of 1 Gbps in West Austin, Texas.
Grande Communications launched its “Power 1000” Gigabit service in February of this year in some areas of its Austin footprint. It also has a 110 Mbps service that it plans to upgrade to 300 Mbps.
"Demand for gigabit services is taking the nation by storm and our subscribers are demanding nothing less than a world-class broadband experience," said Matt Murphy, Grande Communications president. "To meet this demand, we were looking for a fast and efficient path to bring gigabit speeds to our subscribers while leveraging our existing DOCSIS provisioning systems. Calix has delivered for us by providing a powerful fiber access platform over GPON that has allowed us to become Austin's first gigabit services provider. And now, with Open Link Cable, Grande will have the ability to provision these advanced fiber services with our back office systems untouched."
Google Fiber and AT&T have also announced plans to offer Gigabit services in Austin sometime this year while Time Warner Cable launched a 300 Mbps tier there last month.
"The rising tide of gigabit deployments across the nation is causing cable providers to seek a more rapid path to gigabit speeds while leveraging their existing operational infrastructures," Bowick said. "While DOCSIS 3.1 shows promise in the future, solutions like Open Link Cable, GPON and the Calix E7 snap into existing cable infrastructure, making the leap to gigabit services for cable companies like Grande efficient and cost-effective today."