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March 1, 2017 by Craig Thomas

Are your MDU subscribers complaining they can’t get the same service as your FTTH subscribers?

It’s a fact of life for most service providers … It can often be very difficult – sometimes even impossible – to replace the embedded copper infrastructure in many MDUs. Despite the fact that MDUs make up from 10 percent to more than 50 percent of the residences in many markets, service providers have been forced to offer different packages for copper-fed subscribers living in MDUs than to residential subscribers served by FTTH. Not only were these copper packages much slower than their fiber counterparts, they couldn’t deliver increasingly demanded symmetrical gigabit services. As a result, MDUs take rates were low, and satisfaction rates even lower when compared to fiber-fed home often adjacent to them – and resulted in a major drag on the FTTH business case.

The introduction of G.fast, especially the Calix AXOS G.fast solutions, now guarantees those same fiber speeds even if the last 650 feet (200 meters) is actually copper. In addition, through the power of the AXOS platformthat rapidly speeds the implementation of new technologies into the market, Calix has introduced collective Dynamic Timing Allocation (cDTA) technology that dynamically adjusts bandwidth based on whatever traffic direction it is needed at a given time – providing MDU subscribers with symmetrical speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. This is huge benefit for apartment living subscribers, MDU businesses and retail malls who have until now been left at the sidelines of the gigabit revolution!

Whether your MDU subscriber is a business, homeworker, or social media power user, a true gigabit service is a marketing dream, proven to drive higher take rates and subscriber satisfaction. To learn more about Calix G.fast bonding and cDTA, check out this latest demonstration video. 


Now, for the first time ever, service providers can offer the same services to copper G.fast subscribers in MDUs as you would a fiber subscriber – all made possible by Calix AXOS G.fast solutions.

What would be the impact of having a common service offering across FTTH and copper MDUs mean to you?