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Apr 21, 2022
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Four Easy Steps for Scaling Your Broadband Network Without Added Complexity or Costs

In today’s hyper-competitive world, network scalability has never been more vital to broadband service providers (BSPs). Our industry has learned many critical lessons over the past few years, like the need for a BSP’s access network to be agile and scalable from the start. The average daily bandwidth consumption is now over 50 percent, and 40 percent of adults surveyed said they use digital technology or the internet in more ways than ever before. This creates a challenge and an opportunity since traditional network infrastructures aren’t designed to scale to meet this increased level of demand.

To meet those bandwidth challenges head-on, you need to design and build broadband networks that allow for maximum scalability and flexibility at the lowest cost per bit per mile. You need a future-proof secure network that adheres to standardized protocols and possesses a common operational model that allows you to rapidly turn up new services while simplifying your operations.


Design Your Broadband Network for Scalability

A successful, scalable network expands to support new subscribers and applications without impacting the performance of the service delivery to its subscriber base. It requires, consistent service models and workflows that simplify operational tasks, build end-to-end orchestration and management, and integrate workflows to reduce operating expenses.

The Network Innovation Platform (AXOS) offers you an innovative way to scale and operate your access network and accelerate your business transformation. Its modular architecture of software modules operates on top of a unique hardware abstraction layer that preserves software independence from the underlying hardware. The AXOS platform is your quickest route to a simplified, intelligent access network that accelerates time-to-market, eliminates service disruptions, and reduces the total cost of ownership.


Deploy End-to-End IPv6-Capable Networks

Currently, BSPs are struggling to get new IPv4 addresses—often encountering high fees when attempting to secure them as they try to expand their networks. IPv6 support within the Intelligent Access EDGE solution paves the way for broadband businesses to scale their networks in order to meet the skyrocketing subscriber demand for the new IPv6 devices—which, by the way, are currently driving service growth rates by more than 40 percent. You can deploy intelligent, scalable Layer 3 routing by leveraging IPv6 to expand your access network in the most cost-effective manner.


Plan for PON Redundancy To Ensure Service Continuity and an Always On Network

Redundancy is an important element when designing a scalable, future-proof network. It prevents disruptions to business services by minimizing the possibility of a single point of failure. When you pair AXOS with PON redundancy, like Type B protection, you can keep those critical business services operational as you scale your access network, even when the inevitable fiber cut or power outage happens.

Combining a cloud management solution like Calix Operations Cloud, with the latest AXOS PON redundancy capabilities insulates your subscribers from service interruptions. Imagine reaping the benefits of significant cost savings, improved field tech productivity, and truck roll optimization by having the power to filter alarms by pinpointing the location of problems across specific components like batteries, optics, and ONTs before they occur.


Command the Ability To Scale Your Future-Proof Network on Demand

BSPs need to switch from adding network capacity incrementally to creating a highly scalable deployment ecosystem to keep up with the demands of future network architectures and deliver the ultimate subscriber experience. The power of the AXOS platform is helping BSPs switch by reducing their time to integrate back-office systems while significantly shortening their time to provision and turn up new services by over 80 percent.

The AXOS E7-2 Intelligent Modular System easily scales to support any size deployment opportunity. The E7 allows you to deliver differentiated services from a single converged network that optimizes the economics of networking by enabling new services or market expansion with a flexible, scalable, pay-as-you-succeed solution.


Learn more about scalability and the power of the Network Innovation Platform by reading the Intelligent Access EDGE Solution Overview, and stay tuned for the next blog in this series on network sustainability. 

Director, Product Marketing, Unlimited Subscriber, Calix

Kevin Kuo is the director, product marketing, Unlimited Subscriber at Calix. Kevin has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications, manufacturing, broadband, and wireless industries, working for AT&T, AT&T Mobility, Motorola, and Nokia.

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