Calix And Verizon Big Up NG-PON2 Access

Created January 31, 2018
Vincent O’Byrne, Director of Technology Planning at VerizonNews and Business

Software defined and cloud access specialist Calix Inc has been selected by Verizon to supply systems to enable the US telco to begin large-scale NG-PON2 edge deployments in the first quarter of 2018. Included in this deal are the Calix AXOS E9-2 Intelligent Edge System, the AXOS RPm (Routing Protocol module for Layer 3) and the AXOS SMm (Subscriber Management module for disaggregated Broadband Network Gateway).

The new acquisitions form part of an initiative that will create an always-on, converged services platform, allowing Verizon to deploy a single access network for residential, business, and mobile services. What is billed as an industry-first use of NG-PON2 technology is designed to help Verizon realise a radical reduction in network operating complexity and costs, while enabling the telco to deploy new services with what is described as “ unprecedented speed”.

“Several years ago, we determined that we were going to need a better network to meet our growing customers’ demands for bandwidth and higher throughput. We saw that the single wavelength systems – for example, 10G EPON and XGS-PON – were only possible interim solutions, and that we needed a longer term solution. NG-PON2 is a platform that will meet the customers’ envisioned needs for the next decade or more, given its many evolution paths, as well as bringing many operational benefits to simplify the network. It represents a paradigm shift in the design of access networks,” argues Vincent O’Byrne, Director of Technology Planning at Verizon. “NG-PON2, allows us to converge our many service networks into a single unified intelligent network, and simplify our operating model by integrating the OLT and subscriber management system.”

“We also need to drastically shorten the time it takes to deploy new services,” adds Lee Hicks, Verizon VP of Technology. “The best way to achieve these goals is through leveraging breakthrough technologies like NG-PON2 and the automation of manual functions across the network. Innovative partners like Calix are enabling us to leap-frog the competition and consolidate multiple network elements into one platform and automate many of our most critical network functions. We are excited to now begin this transformation, starting in Tampa, Florida and expanding into other markets.”


This article was written
by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.