KUUSIOKUNNAT, FINLAND – June 17, 2013 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) announced today that Finnish network co-operative Verkko-Osuuskunta Kuuskaista (Kuuskaista) has chosen the Calix E7-2 and E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platforms (ESAPs) to bring advanced broadband services to central Finland. Working closely with Calix and local channel partner K&K Active Oy (K&K Active), Kuuskaista will leverage GPON and point-to-point gigabit Ethernet technologies to power this world-class network, capable of delivering speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second to each subscribing home and business, and lay the groundwork for transforming the broadband experience opportunities and the economic potential of this underserved region of Finland. Along with the Calix E7 ESAPs, Kuuskaista will leverage Calix Compass Flow Analyze and Consumer Connect software applications to optimize the performance of services on the network, while increasing operational efficiencies of service delivery.
Kuuskaista is an open access fiber network operator for residential and business services, as well as mobile backhaul. The new network will enable service providers to offer high-quality broadband services and seek to transform the quality of life and economic prosperity in the region. Advanced IP services have the potential to greatly enrich the education and health resources of the region and will enable more people to stay in their communities through telecommuting and Internet-based business growth. The project has been awarded funding under the Finnish Government’s stimulus program, aimed at bringing fiber-based broadband services and related economic advantages to underserved regions.
Kuuskaista will extend its advanced broadband network to 15 communities in central Finland by 2015, targeting approximately 60,000 households that have to date been reliant upon patchy mobile network coverage and legacy telephony services. The initial deployment of the Kuuskaista fiber network is already bringing advanced broadband services to the six communities in the Kuusiokunnat region situated around 350 kilometers north of the capital of Helsinki and 125 kilometers from the nearest larger city of Jyvaskala.
The solution delivered by Calix and K & K Active is based on the Calix E7 ESAPs and complemented by Calix optical network terminals (ONTs). The E7-2 modular ESAP, a hardened 1RU modular chassis, is being used for the rural locations, while the E7-20 multi-terabit ESAP is being leveraged at more densely populated areas working with the700GE family of ONTs. Key to Kuuskaista’s network design has been the flexibility of the E7-2s and E7-20s, with their ability to support both GPON and point-to-point gigabit Ethernet services, along with all necessary transport capabilities, to be deployed as one network.
“Kuuskaista’s role is to build, maintain, and expand the network infrastructure, acting as a bridge between service providers and our business and household subscribers,” said Eki Maki-Ikola, development manager of Kuuskaista. “Working with Calix and K&K Active has allowed us to quickly build out our open access network that is now capable of providing triple play and next generation services to the households and businesses in our region. Without this network – these advanced services and the opportunities that they enable for the residents and businesses of this region would not have been possible.”
Calix will also provide its powerful Compass Flow Analyze and Consumer Connect applications to this network. Compass Flow Analyze will give Kuuskaista a clear picture of how the network is being used, based on service and subscriber, and help to identify ways to increase customer satisfaction, reduce costs, and expand revenues. Consumer Connect will enable Kuuskaista and potentially other service providers on the network to remotely activate new broadband devices and manage home networks, creating new revenue sources, improved customer satisfaction, and reduced service delivery costs.
“Our products are ideally suited for rapidly growing deployments like that of Kuuskaista,” said Andy Lockhart, senior vice president of international sales and marketing at Calix. “Working with K&K Active, we have been able to provide a solution that fits the needs of the residents and businesses in this region of central Finland. Kuuskaista and the Finnish government have demonstrated their commitment to bringing advanced broadband services to this historically underserved region, and laying the foundation for social and economic transformation that bringing a world-class network to this region can catalyze.”