NOVEMBER 28, 2007, PETALUMA, CA—Calix
today announced that TRICOM, S.A., a full-service carrier in the Dominican
Republic, has selected the Calix C7 multiservice access platform (MSAP) to
expand and extend the broadband services it offers to subscribers, including
DSL service for business and residential customers today and services such as VOIP
and Ethernet in the future. A major presence in the Dominican Republic, which
shares the second largest island in the Caribbean with Haiti, TRICOM serves more than
700,000 customers, and is the largest cable operator in the country.
TRICOM started offering broadband services two years ago,
but found that to support their substantial growth needs it needed to deploy a
more advanced type of access platform. TRICOM saw that several hundred service
providers throughout North America—including many in the Caribbean—had
addressed this problem and dramatically expanded deployed services by utilizing
access systems from Calix. After testing the Calix C7, TRICOM started deploying
the platform throughout its network in March of 2007. Along with the C7, the
carrier also employs the Calix Management System (CMS) to simplify service
"We chose the Calix C7 platform because it not only meets
all of our service needs today but also exceeded our expectations of where we
hope to go in the future with Ethernet broadband services and Ethernet in the
first mile," said Julio Germán, vice president of Engineering & Operations for
TRICOM. "Plus, Calix's CMS is so easy and intuitive and makes it so simple to operationalize
the C7 and provision services, that we were able to quickly turn up the network
without help from the Calix technical assistance center."
TRICOM initially targeted its broadband DSL service at
business customers but is now also deploying the C7 platform to serve
residential customers. The service is enjoying a high take-rate in both
markets. The carrier has high expectations to increase the number of their
broadband subscribers, a number that will increase substantially as it rapidly
expands service availability over the next six to nine months. Today, TRICOM
drives IP-based applications with broadband while retaining its traditional
TDM-based services. In the near-term, however, the Calix C7 will enable TRICOM
to migrate gradually to a pure IP-based access network and offer VOIP.
"The Calix C7 platform is attractive to providers such as
TRICOM that are seeking to expand the services they offer because of our
history of continuous innovation with IP and other services," said Manny Dasneves,
Caribbean regional manager for Calix. "The Calix C7 supports IP broadband today,
and is a strategic platform for TRICOM to also deliver broadband Ethernet
business services. Plus, the Calix platform provides TRICOM with the "five
nines" reliability that broadband Ethernet services require."
TRICOM, S.A., provides a full range of telecom services to
subscribers in the Dominican Republic, including residential, long-distance,
broadband, cable, and wireless services. The carrier operates its own local
access network and a digital cellular system; it also owns its own submarine
fiber-optic cables and operates switches based in the U.S., where it provides
long-distance service to Dominicans calling home.
The economy of the Dominican Republic, the fasted growing in
Latin America, grew by an estimated 10.9 percent in 2006 (The World Fact
Book). Growth is led by the telecommunications sector, which grew 26.8
percent in 2005.
Calix is the largest telecom equipment supplier focused
solely on access solutions for broadband service delivery. Service providers
deploy Calix access systems to enable a rich set of information, communication,
and entertainment services and to expand their revenue base beyond
connectivity. Calix access innovation helps service providers transform their
networks from circuit to packet, narrowband to broadband, and copper to fiber.
Calix has deployed millions of ports and tens of thousands of systems into
hundreds of service provider networks throughout North America. For more
information, visit the Calix website at www.calix.com.
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