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Jun 26, 2023
3 min

How Green Broadband Delivers Quality Home Wi-Fi and Lowers Energy Use

Calix helps broadband service providers (BSPs) build greener and cleaner networks by simplifying network architectures. By reducing the network’s physical footprint using Calix solutions, BSPs need less space, less energy, and fewer cooling resources. As a result, many BSPs have reduced power consumption by more than 70 percent.

This delivers a demonstrable impact on reducing carbon emissions from your network but is not the end of your green broadband story. Your network stretches beyond the access network into the subscriber’s premises—and so should your commitment to environmentally friendly solutions.

U.S. households have, on average, 22 devices connected to their home Wi-Fi. This includes additional mesh units or pods if the main internet gateway device cannot extend Wi-Fi throughout the home. So, to maintain a good Wi-Fi experience, more devices and energy are needed. A mesh network’s energy consumption can quadruple compared to a single high-power Wi-Fi system. For example, many mesh units use a mechanical fan for cooling, which continues to run whether the unit is active. These units are not only a significant cause of high energy consumption; they’re a likely point of failure.

How Green Broadband Lowers Subscriber Energy Consumption Without Sacrificing Performance

With Calix, you can help your subscribers lower their energy bills without sacrificing whole-home Wi-Fi performance. Based on the Calix Revenue EDGE™ platform, the Calix GigaSpire® BLAST Wi-Fi systems are the only Wi-Fi equipment your subscribers will ever need in their homes. Here’s why:

  • One system provides extensive reach. In 93 percent of deployments, one GigaSpire system is enough to ensure Wi-Fi coverage throughout the home—meaning subscribers don’t need additional pods or extenders.
  • Fewer pieces of equipment consume less energy. Subscribers can reduce their in-home Wi-Fi power requirements by 50 percent or more.
  • Carrier-class reliability and performance. The GigaSpire BLAST family is the only system subscribers have needed for many years, avoiding unnecessary upgrades. This also delivers supply chain and stock control benefits.
  • Remote troubleshooting and self-care. Service providers manage the GigaSpire BLAST using Calix Support Cloud (Support Cloud), enabling remote troubleshooting and minimal on-site support. This means fewer costly (and environmentally unfriendly) truck rolls to fix or replace equipment. Meanwhile, subscribers can configure the systems themselves via the CommandIQ® app. 

Seamlessly Migrate to New Wi-Fi Technologies

The GigaSpire BLAST family incorporates the latest technologies, such as Wi-Fi 6E, the new Wi-Fi standard using the 6 GHz band. This delivers higher throughput and lower latency, increased network efficiency, and better performance in dense environments. The GigaSpire BLAST portfolio includes multiple Wi-Fi 6E systems. All are designed with simple plug-and-play connectivity, snapping into the Revenue EDGE ecosystem. The newly introduced GigaPro p6he even takes Wi-Fi 6E outdoors, opening up new consumer and business possibilities.

Calix is committed to helping BPSs build sustainable and environmentally responsible broadband networks—including enabling sustainable and future-proof Wi-Fi within the subscriber’s home. Now is the time to show your communities that the green broadband revolution doesn’t stop at their front door.

Senior Manager, Access Systems Marketing, Calix

Teresa Mastrangelo is the senior manager, access edge Marketing at Calix. Teresa is responsible for product marketing activities related to the Intelligent Access Edge products. She has over 30 years of experience in the broadband segment. Before Calix, Teresa held roles at NEC America, Advanced Fibre Communications, Cisco Systems, and Appalachian Power. Teresa has a BSEE from Virginia Tech.

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