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January 24, 2011

Cameron Communications Selects Calix C7 for Stimulus Initiative



By Anil Sharma
TMCnet Contributor



Cameron Communications has selected the Calix C7 Multiservice Access Platform (MSAP) for regional broadband stimulus initiative.

 The initiative aims to bring advanced fiber-based broadband services to a trio of “unserved” and “underserved” communities in southwest Louisiana.

Cameron Communications will deploy gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology to bring advanced digital video services, extremely fast data services, and high-quality voice services to the residents, businesses and community institutions in Moss Bluff, Oakdale and Vinton, Louisiana.

 “Moss Bluff, Oakdale, and Vinton will now enjoy the benefits of the ‘information superhighway’ with this Stimulus award allowing us to construct a world class fiber network infrastructure capable of bringing advanced broadband services to these communities,” said George Mack, president of Cameron Communications and LBH, LLC, in a statement.

Mack said that the bandwidth and fiber access infrastructure created by these projects will allow the residents and businesses in these areas to keep pace with the increasing demands of a global economy, as well as provide infrastructure upgrades to local schools, libraries, hospitals, public safety and governmental agencies.

“These projects are critical to the future of these communities, and our long term relationship with Calix (News - Alert) has shown us that we can count on them to deliver when the stakes are high,” he said.

Officials with Calix said that Cameron Communications will be leveraging the Calix C7 MSAP along with the industry’s broadest portfolio of optical network terminals (ONTs), the 700GX/GE ONT family, across all three of its projects to deliver advanced radio frequency (RF) video, data, and voice services.

“We are honored to have been chosen to be a key vendor to Cameron Communications’ ambitious Broadband Stimulus initiatives,” said John Colvin, vice president of field operations at Calix.

Colvin said a strong Calix customer since 2002, Cameron Communications has continually invested in bringing advanced broadband services into the region, even in the face of great adversity, like the devastation suffered after Hurricane Rita in 2005. He said that Broadband Stimulus has now presented them with great opportunity, and the beneficiary will be the citizens of Moss Bluff, Oakdale, and Vinton, Louisiana, who will soon enjoy one of the nation’s most advanced broadband infrastructures.

TMCnet in October reported that Cox (News - Alert) Business, currently the fourth largest provider of business Ethernet services in the U.S., is deploying the Calix E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform and a variety of Calix 700GX optical network terminals (ONTs) to deliver advanced business services to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The E7 and 700GX ONTs, along with a Calix cabinet package called the Fiber Access Node, are deployed in several of the Cox markets across the country. They provide Cox Business (News - Alert) with the flexibility to deliver commercial-grade, fiber-based Ethernet services over both point-to-point Ethernet and passive optical network (PON) technologies.

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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein
 
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