Asia’s First 100 Percent Gigabit Enabled Smart City

Created September 10, 2018
Ahmed Nasif, Managing Director of HDCNews and Business

Calix Partners HDC In Ambitious Maldives Project

Calix has partnered with Housing Development Corporation Limited (HDC) in a multi-year deal in the Maldives to rapidly realise an all-fibre, state-of-the-art smart city on the island of Hulhumalé.

Hulhumalé is an ambitious land reclamation and urban development project with a world-class open access network at the heart of its transformation. The vision is to deliver an unrivalled broadband experience and cutting-edge smart city applications. Powered by the AXOS E7-2 Intelligent Modular System, GigaFamily products, and Calix Services, this end-to-end solution will ultimately support a target population of 240,000.

These residents require a complex set of deployment scenarios, including residential, business, and mixed-use Multi Dwelling Unit (MDU) buildings, hospitality properties, and single-family homes. As the master developer of Hulhumalé, HDC will rely on the experience of both the Calix Professional Services team to deploy island-wide GPON infrastructure and the Calix Managed Services team to provide real-time Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) services for the connectivity component of this initiative.

“As we embark on this ambitious buildout of Hulhumalé as the first smart and sustainable city in the Maldives, Calix will be an important partner by providing the Gigabit connectivity and network management services that will enable many of our core capabilities,” said Ahmed Nasif, Managing Director of HDC. “With applications running around the clock, like smart traffic management, smart lighting, and automatic safety surveillance, our network must be highly reliable in all weather conditions. Calix Managed Services will provide real-time monitoring and proactive management of our network, which will minimise downtime of these mission-critical applications and ensure that the advanced broadband services provided on our open access network are always available to subscribers.”

“The consultative relationship between Calix and HDC has allowed us to partner with them as they have accelerated the expansion of their impressive Hulhumalé smart city initiative,” added Greg Billings, Senior Vice President of Services at Calix. “The Calix Services team is excited to redefine the ways we can help both traditional communications service providers and unique customers like HDC achieve goals that transcend technology implementation. By providing Professional Services, Support and Managed Services, and Education and Certification paths, we can make a dramatic impact on the entire network deployment and ongoing operational lifecycle.”

Part of the newly expanded Calix Services portfolio, the Calix Managed Services RMM offering provides HDC with 7 x 24 x 365 fast identification and automated triage of network-affecting issues through a cloud-based platform that minimises any impact on the subscriber experience. Machine learning and automated pattern matching techniques help identify the possible root cause of the problem and incidents are routed to Calix engineers within seconds of an alarm.


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.