March 28, 2019 by Bernd Hesse

AXOS Intelligent Access Edge Solution: Recognized in Lightwave Innovation Reviews


It’s hard enough to convince a panel of industry leaders that your next generation platform deserves recognition as an elite product in its category – but to achieve this TWICE in the span of three years is something special! 

That is exactly what has occurred with the recent announcement that the Calix AXOS Intelligent Access Edge Solution has made it to the honor roll of the 2019 Lightwave Innovation Reviews, scoring an elite 4.0 score in the Optical Systems category. Back in 2017, the AXOS E9-2 Intelligent Access Edge System was recognized as the leading system in the FTTx category as “futureproof in a word” when judges focused on its powerful Layer 3 routing, policy, and instrumentation features all integrated with its industry-leading NG-PON2 support and validated by Verizon’s deployment. Fast forward to 2019, and it’s the employment of SDN that has caught the judges’ eyes, commenting that the solution offers “implementation of SDN in the access network that will save time, money, and should reduce latency … a good solution.”

For Calix customers, the AXOS Intelligent Access Edge solution’s recognition for innovation is no surprise, because its software-defined access (SDA) architecture not only allows it to modularize traditional standalone network elements and functions, but enables innovation with new functions and features at an accelerated rate. While other solutions in the market focus on point solutions, the unrivalled architecture of the AXOS Intelligent Access Edge solution consolidates all broadband subscriber service delivery functions into a single data plane “touch point”, while providing management and control plane separation.

For leading service providers like Verizon and CityFibre, this means the AXOS Intelligent Access Edge solution continues to deliver on the promise and vision of SDN while reaping the immediate economic benefits of a full-featured 10G PON production solution. From centralized subscriber management, policy, and control to fully modeled and standard APIs for interoperable multi-vendor SDN orchestration to a virtualized Sandbox environment that allows service providers and OSS vendors to integrate and test with emulated hardware – the AXOS Intelligent Access Edge Solution continues to redefine the economics of access and edge network deployment.

Looking ahead – does the AXOS Intelligent Access Edge solution have the potential for a three-peat? Absolutely, as AXOS software coupled with the extraordinary Intelligent Access Edge System, E9-2, provides a platform for rapid innovation that can step up to virtually any subscriber or network need of tomorrow. As the Lightwave Innovation Reviews panel described perfectly in 2017 – it’s hard to bet against a product that’s “futureproof.”