January 11, 2018 by Kevin Kuo

Are You Feeling the Need… the Need for Speed?



No, the intent of the title was not to test you on the movie that this quote came from; however, it does represent what service providers ask themselves when trying to deliver and deploy broadband services to multiple dwelling units (MDUs) across the globe. It’s not just a question of speed, but also the level of quality that the subscriber experiences as well. As Teresa Mastrangelo, founder and principal analyst at Broadbandtrends has put it "the gigabit experience is fast becoming table stakes for service providers to capture and retain broadband savvy subscribers. Service providers must find a way to deliver this experience, no matter where a subscriber is located.”

Technologies like Gfast enable delivery of gigabit services by leveraging existing copper and coaxial wiring. This means that by capitalizing on the ultra-broadband capabilities of Gfast, service providers can deploy fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services while delivering fiber-like gigabit performance without actually having to bring fiber to the premises or having to replace legacy copper infrastructure. By bringing higher bit rates to MDUs, service providers can improve the broadband services that they offer, as well as deliver over-the-top video more effectively. As a result, Gfast has established itself as a key enabler of the gigabit society, with Ovum projecting over 30 million Gfast subscribers by the year 2021. In addition, Gfast provides other compelling advantages to service providers, such as flexible configuration capabilities of downstream/upstream capacity ratios, the ability to facilitate subscriber self-installations, and finally, offer low power modes and power consumption reduction techniques.

Enabled by AXOS, Calix has been a recognized leader for introducing Gfast breakthroughs in the telecommunications market. Not only was Calix the first to accelerate past the 100 Gfast deployment milestone, but it was recognized as the top supplier in 4 out of 5 categories in the recent Broadbandtrends “2017 Global Service Provider Survey: Gfast Deployment Strategies.” When deployed with the latest Calix AXOS Gfast systems, service providers can take advantage of unique capabilities such as cDTA, bonding, and mesh vectoring thus allowing broadband services to be offered quickly and cost-effectively in new revenue-generating MDU markets. 

To hear more about the disruptive innovations Calix has planned for the MDU market, register here for their upcoming “Meeting the MDU Challenge” webinar scheduled for January 17, 2018.

Oh, by the way, the movie was Top Gun.