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November 8, 2009

Calix unveils new Ethernet Service Access Platform

Combines 100Gbps backplane with two slot, one RU chassis

By CBR Staff Writer

Calix has unveiled new E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP), a modular, chassis-based ethernet platform, which combines 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) backplane with a one rack unit (RU) and two slot chassis.

The company said that the E7 can deploy any mix of GPON, point-to-point gigabit ethernet (GE) or active ethernet (AE), and 10GE transport for business and residential services, allowing communications service providers (CSPs) to combine multiple E7 platforms as a single, manageable network element.

According to Calix, the E7 platform leverages a standards-based ethernet kernel built for access, called ethernet eXtensible Architecture (EXA). The EXA Powered E7 delivers operational simplicity and network awareness, allowing E7 to be easily provisioned, facilitating faster installation and turn-up.

The combination of the EXA Powered E7 and Calix Management System (CMS) allows cross-network and cross-platform service provisioning and a single management view of the whole network which results in network-wide element awareness for all services, the company said.

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The company claims that the new E7 ESAP brings new flexibility to its unified access portfolio. Complementing the C7 MSAP, the E7 ESAP is focused exclusively on Ethernet in a modular form factor.

Kevin Pope, senior vice president of product development at Calix, said: “Communications service providers that deployed other solutions over the last seven years have in many cases been forced into wholesale change-out and upgrades of this equipment, yet those who deployed Calix C7 platforms are still adding new cards and turning-up new advanced services after seven years of value. The EXA Powered E7 has been architected to these same principles, but with a narrower focus on exclusively Ethernet services over fiber and the extensibility requirements of an all-video world.”

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