Each model of the 740GE optical network terminals is optimized for a specific deployment scenario.
communications access systems and software specialist Calix announced the
introduction of three optical network terminals to its Calix Unified Access portfolio
targeted at the small to medium-size business and mobile backhaul markets. The
741GE, 742GE and 743GE ONTs feature industry-standard Ethernet operations,
administration and management (OAM) and are available in an environmentally
hardened, wall-mountable form factor. These newest members of the Calix 700GE
family support a full gigabit per second of symmetrical bandwidth.
740GEs feature a complement of standards-based Ethernet service assurance that
help enable communications service providers to offer smaller businesses Metro
Ethernet Forum (MEF) services and the tools to ensure conformance to service-level
agreements (SLAs). The 740GE ONTs also feature Calix auto-detect technology,
which supports both point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet and Gigabit Passive Optical
Network (GPON). For example, with Calix auto-detect, a small business can begin
with a 100M-bps service over GPON and transition to a full dedicated gigabit
per second of symmetrical bandwidth as needed.
fiber networks continue to expand across the world, they are reaching a level
of maturity that requires the delivery of new advanced services," said
Kevin Pope, senior vice president of product development at Calix.
"Business and mobile backhaul services provide our customers with opportunities
to generate new revenue streams and to establish new customer relationships and
strengthen existing ones. The addition of these ONTs can help our customers
model of the 740GE ONTs is optimized for specific deployment scenarios: The
741GE, the base business unit with OAM support, features two GE and two POTS
ports, while 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.
service providers have the opportunity to take advantage of an emerging revenue
source targeted at the SMB market," said Matt Davis, director of consumer
and SMB telecom services at IT market research firm IDC. "By utilizing the
OAM capabilities built into the Calix 740GE ONTs and guaranteeing SLAs for small-
and medium-sized businesses over fiber, service providers can potentially
deliver a whole new level of advanced business services that are powerful,
flexible, cost effective to deliver, and differentiated from their competition."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.