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Robert Pataki of du to deliver keynote presentation

Forward thinking innovation in subscriber
services for international markets

Jon Kirk of Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS)

Keynote Address by Alexa Voice Service
at Calix ConneXions 2018

“Alexa and Voice Interaction in the Smart Home”

Brad Moline of ALLO Communications

The importance of anticipating and responding
to subscriber needs with market changing
service offerings

ConneXions General Session Speakers

Speakers to explore the value
ecosystems bring to building
next generation networks

Gartner’s Will Hahn and Verizon’s Lee Hicks
to share their perspectives on the future
of the telecommunications industry

Special events at ConneXions
with Utilities Technology Council (UTC) and Mountain Connect

Co-hosted programs highlight the power of
broadband for utility and municipal operators

October 28, 2018, Wynn Las Vegas

"Houston, we have a solution."

Acclaimed astronaut, NFL player, scientist,
TV personality and author, Leland Melvin, will join
our stage as a featured keynote speaker

Renowned author and radio host
Terry O’Reilly headlines robust
marketing program at ConneXions

Announcing Comedian Ryan Hamilton
at Calix ConneXions 2018


Find key ConneXions information in the Calix Events App

The Calix Event app allows you to customize your schedule, connect with other attendees, and more!

Make sure to download and create an account in the Calix event app to view the agenda, bookmark your favorite sessions, and interact with Calix experts and other attendees.


Join us for two days of innovation, learning and networking.

More sessions and announcements will be added.  Be sure to check back for updates.

Saturday, October 27

Golf Tournament


Sunday, October 28

7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM Opening Reception

8:30 AM –  3:45 PM Training

Monday, October 29

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM General Session

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Stream Keynotes

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM Breakout Sessions

7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM Evening Entertainment


Tuesday, October 30

8:30 AM – 11:30 AM General Session

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM Breakout Sessions

Conference Streams

Your World Connected:

Capturing the Smart Home and Business Opportunity

What's Next
is Now:

Charting your Roadmap to a Next-Generation Network

This Way

Perspectives on Emerging Markets, Industry Programs and Regulations

Be Transformation Ready:

Best Practices in Going to Market

Who should attend?

Business, support, product and marketing teams

Network architects, planners and operations personnel

Business leaders and network operators

New or established business, marketing, and support teams

What you'll learn

Explore all aspects of the smart home and its impacts on a Service Providers’ business: revenue, subscriber care, operations and solution offerings.

Learn options to simplify the network and the operation of the network to meet subscriber demands, reduce time to revenue as well as the overall cost to operate the network.

Hear from industry analysts and thought leaders on the forces shaping the content service provider market, the important regulations to understand and the emerging business opportunities to capture.

Learn go-to-market best practices from industry experts and peers in wireline, cable, municipality and electric utility markets.

Attend ConneXions and see a real impact for your company

Does your manager need some persuading to send you to ConneXions?  Let us help you prepare for the discussion by providing you with a business case letter designed to help you identify, define, and articulate the tangible benefits of attendance to ConneXions for your company.

Conference Pricing 2018

Register before September 24th and enjoy our early bird pricing.

Conference Rates

Pass Type

Early Bird Pricing (before Sept 24):

Full Price Dates:

September 24 - Event


Full Conference



Full Conference Access - Sunday training sessions and entertainment, Monday and Tuesday Main Tent sessions, breakouts, entertainment, expo

Guest Pass



Conference Entertainment (Sunday and Monday evening), Meals

Golf / Spa



Golf or Spa on Saturday


Company Pass Program


Purchase 10 - 15 passes

$540 each (10% off early bird price)

To apply, please send a note to connexions@calix.com with your company name and number of passes requested.


2018 Calix ConneXions

ConneXions hotel reservations are now closed. If you are still in need of a hotel reservation, need to modify an existing reservation or need to cancel we ask that you contact the hotel directly and inform them you are with the Calix ConneXions conference. New reservations will be based on availability and prevailing rate at the time of booking. Please contact the Wynn Las Vegas directly, toll-free at 866-770-7555 or 702-770-2222  or book online at: https://www.wynnlasvegas.com/RoomsSuites

Sponsor ConneXions and get access to thousands of attendees.

ConneXions is a powerful opportunity for sponsors to position themselves as leaders.


As a future ConneXions sponsor, we look forward to helping you:​

  • Build rapport: Spend valuable facetime with pre-qualified customers
  • Gain user feedback: Better understand customer expectations
  • Market your products: Increase the profile of your products and services to key influencers
  • Maximize customer acquisition: Discover new markets and customers, drive demand, and capture leads
  • Network: with over 2,100 telecom experts, Calix executives, and product managers

"Absolutely Spectacular" - A Calix ConneXions Sponsor Perspective

Hear from Calix ConneXions Gold Sponsor GLDS' Garrick Russell on why he is blown away by the overall quality of the event experience.

2018 Calix ConneXions Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors


Clearfield is a Fiber to Anywhere company, setting the standard for delivering (on time!) a scalable fiber optic network and unmatched fiber performance while lowering the cost of broadband deployment.

Gold Sponsors


GLDS offers best-of-suite customer management, billing and service delivery for broadband. Fully-automated provisioning of services/devices across all Calix platforms, directly from the billing system.


NISC is an IT company that develops and supports software, open-systems hardware and processing services for independent telecoms across the US, Canada and Pacific.


Momentum Telecom, a leading hosted VoIP, broadband services and unified communications provider, offers smart, customizable cloud solutions to direct subscribers and more than 500 partners nationwide. Momentum Telecom delivers superior quality products backed by a geo-redundant network with industry-leading uptime and best-in-business customer service. Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, Momentum Telecom has additional offices in Kennesaw, GA, Lexington, KY, Atlanta, GA, Cartersville, GA, Philadelphia, PA, Vancouver, Canada and Belarus.


HCL Technologies is a next-generation global technology company that helps enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age. Our technology products, services and engineering are built on four decades of innovation, with a world-renowned management philosophy, a strong culture of invention and risk-taking, and a relentless focus on customer relationships. With a worldwide network of R&D, innovation labs and delivery centers, and 124,000+ ‘Ideapreneurs’ working in 41 countries, HCL serves leading enterprises across key industries, including 250 of the Fortune 500 and 650 of the Global 2000. HCL generated consolidated revenues of USD 8.0 billion for 12 months ended 30th Jun 2018.

We offer an integrated portfolio of products, solutions, services, and IP through our Mode 1-2-3 strategy built around Digital, IoT, Cloud, Automation, Cybersecurity, Analytics, Infrastructure Management and Engineering Services, amongst others, to help enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age.

Silver Sponsors


Mapcom Systems is the developer of M4 Solutions - a visual operations platform for managing communications networks, including outside and inside plant at the physical and logical levels.


Alianza radically improves cloud communications for service providers. Our Cloud Voice Platform is a web-scale, turnkey, virtualized software solution that powers VoIP and UC services.


Minerva develops service management solutions to deliver advanced television services. Minerva’s cloud based video platform offers next-generation entertainment services for set-top boxes and popular streaming media devices.


Cordell is a leading provider of Analytic Quality Assurance solutions for telecom and related industries. A partial list of Cordell approved partners are Calix, Mapcom, Ribbon/Genband and Metaswitch.


OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, fiber optic cable, connectivity, fiber-to-the-subscriber (FTTX) and specialty photonics products.


Montclair Fiber Optics provides quality passive and active optics, fiber connectivity, and cable management product solutions for the FTTH, Telecom, CATV/MSO, OEM, and optical networking markets.


Comtest Networks offers end-to-end solutions for the DSL market (MDU, Residential and CO). Comtest provides high-bandwidth, low-loss splitters and baluns with superior secondary protection.


CommScope pushes the boundaries of communications technology with game-changing ideas and ground-breaking discoveries. We collaborate with our customers and partners to design, create and build the world’s most advanced networks.



Calix ConneXions 2018 Entertainment

We just can’t keep quiet any longer!

Ryan Hamilton, one of “Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch,” will be performing just for ConneXions attendees at the Wynn on Monday evening, October 29. 

Ryan recently released his first stand-up special. The one-hour Netflix original Happy Face, follows a wealth of television appearances and a non-stop headlining tour. Armed with the unique perspective of growing up in rural Idaho to become a favorite in the New York stand-up comedy scene, he’s one-of-a-kind. He’s been named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch, and recent appearances include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, and opening spots for Jerry Seinfeld as well as Gad Elmelah at Carnegie Hall. Ryan is endearing stand-up lovers, and his future is bright.

“One of the most reliably funny regulars at the Comedy Cellar, an observational comic who often riffs on the absurdity of his own wholesomeness.”

The New York Times

“It was fresh, poignant, and light-hearted without sacrificing depth.” 

– Forget The Box review of Ryan’s show “Edgy, Boundary-Pushing Comedian” at the 2017 Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival

Calix ConneXions 2018

Want to get started on the path to increased revenue and lower operating costs through new levels of automation?
Join us at ConneXions.


Experience the Amazing ConneXions 2017 Conference

Calix ConneXions is where pioneers and thought leaders come to debate, collaborate and learn about the latest innovations that winning service providers are using to evolve their business models. At ConneXions we celebrate our customers’ successes, announce new products and services, and build community. But more than that, with new and ongoing partnerships and ecosystems, this shared experience will enable you to take your business to the next level.

Last year, we asked you to imagine no limits, and we announced the coming of EXOS. This year, we will share how what was once imagined has become reality.

You will have the chance to engage with thousands of your peers, industry leaders, and Calix executives on topics that will help you accelerate your transformation such as:

  • How can you better optimize operating expense with a next generation network?
  • How can automation and AI improve subscriber experience while radically driving down costs?
  • How can you engage new ecosystem partners to innovate and expand your business opportunities?
  • How are innovators deploying always-on, self-healing networks to ensure uninterrupted service?
  • How can you generate new revenue opportunities from the smart home and business revolution?
  • How are market leaders transforming their organizations by entering the broadband space?
  • How can you leverage behavioral analytics to drive up ARPU by 15-20%?

Calix ConneXions

What are others saying about ConneXions?


91% of attendees would recommend Calix ConneXions to their colleagues


90% of attendees would rate the value of the conference of 4 or higher on 5 point scale


73% of attendees walked away with a strategy for improving subscribers’ smart home experience

“Sessions include a good mix of technical, marketing, strategic, and personal growth material -
really informative.“

-- Attendee Comment

20+ Training Sessions - Build your skills and test your knowledge

Join the growing number of Calix-trained engineers and technicians in the 20+ training sessions led by Calix experts, complimentary on-site Test Your Knowledge assessments to earn Calix Academy learning badges, and hands-on labs.


Delivering Services with AXOS and Managing the Home Network

Who should attend: Network Operations

AXOS Sandbox Basics

In this session, you will learn about some applications for using a Sandbox and how to deploy an AXOS Sandbox. Configuration of the AXOS Sandbox including applying the license, management IP and establishing a connection to an SMx server are also covered. 

AXOS Gfast Turn Up and Transport

In this session, customers looking to deploy MDU/DPU solutions will learn the basics of the Calix Gfast solution including how it works, deployment models, deployment considerations and best practices. The process for turn-up and provisioning in the SMx will also be covered.

SMx Basics

AXOS SMx, the Services Management Connector is the next generation service and network management platform for managing Calix AXOS-based systems. In this session, learn about the key features of SMx and how to use to add subscribers, nodes, manage ONTs and workflows to perform configuration tasks. 

Calix NGPON Basics

In this session, you will gain the basic knowledge required to design passive optical networks (GPON and NG-PON2). Starting with PON concepts and the advantages and disadvantages of various PON architectures, the evolution towards NG-PON2 including the benefits of wavelength mobility is also discussed.

Introduction to Layer 3 in the Access Network

This session will cover the application and deployment of Layer 3 Routing and subscriber management in the new access network edge.  The AXOS Subscriber Management Module (SMm), the Routing Protocol Module (RPm) and use cases related to their deployment will be discussed. 

Introduction to AXOS E9-2 Operations

In this session, you will learn the basics of the Calix E9-2 solution including hardware components and the types of services it delivers. You will also see how system activation as well as basic management and configuration tasks are performed using the CLI (Command Line Interface).

AXOS E9-2 Turn Up and Transport

In this session, you will learn how to interconnect E9-2 shelves, turn up an E9 system, use SMx to view E9-2 system data, manage E9-2 configuration files, and how to provision an E9-2 uplink.

AXOS E9-2 anyPON Triple Play

In this session, you will learn how to provision the policies, profiles, and templates that are needed to support E9 layer 3 triple-play services.  You will also learn how to provision and verify functionality of E9 layer 3 triple-play services.

AXOS E3-2 Turn Up and Transport

The E3-2 Intelligent PON built with AXOS extends the reach of the data center by providing access and service edge functions in one node located in the outside plant. In this session, you will learn the basics of the Calix E3-2 solution including how it works as well as deployment models and the Layer 2 or enhanced Layer 3 services it supports.

AXOS E7-2 Turn Up and Transport

This session provides an overview of the basic skills you need to deploy the E7 AXOS Ethernet services access platform including turn-up and provisioning a single-port uplink, LAG, g.8032v2 and ERPS rings. The use of SMx to add nodes and view system data will also be covered.

AXOS E7-2 anyPON Triple Play

In this session, you will learn how to provision the policies, profiles, and templates that are needed to support E7 layer 2 triple-play services.  You will also learn how to provision and verify functionality of E7 layer 2 triple-play services.


Managing the Home Network

Who should attend: Network Operations, Technicians, Customer Service Reps

Ensuring Successful Home Wi-Fi Deployments

This session provides an overview of the different types of EXOS devices and how to use Calix Support Cloud to effectively deploy and maintain EXOS devices. This session focuses on leveraging the Gigaspires for automatic detection and walks you through the required service provisioning.


Nerds of a feather: Network Programmability Session

Are you a scripting guru? Have you hacked your refrigerator to tell Alexa when you’re out of milk? Come learn how to harness the power of Calix APIs to control and monitor your network. See NETCONF, AXOS Sandbox with SMx, and Cloud APIs in action.

Managing Carrier Class Wi-Fi

In this session, you will learn about Wi-Fi standards including the latest, 802.11ax. We will see how 11ax and 8x8 MIMO combine to improve Wi-Fi performance and range.  Finally and most importantly, with the advent of Calix mesh-enabled access points and EXOS Wi-Fi optimization we will see how EXOS reduces or eliminates the need for manual troubleshooting altogether.


Putting Calix Marketing Cloud Data to Work

Want to know how to use Marketing Cloud like a pro?  Join our session with the product experts to learn how to get the data you need for the most effective campaigns.  You’ll come away with knowledge to execute targeted campaigns for additional revenue, proactively address subscribers at risk of churn, and understand the insights about your subscribers in Calix Marketing Cloud. 

Supporting Subscribers using Calix Support Cloud

In this session, you will learn how to use the features of Calix Support Cloud to obtain better visibility and control of the home network in order to maximize customer satisfaction and ensure quality of service. Want to know how to use CSC (EME) like a pro?  Join our session with the product experts to learn how to navigate, execute use cases, create reporting, and utilize SmartChecks to provide your customers excellent in-home Wi-Fi support experience.  You’ll be able to resolve more issues, reduce Truck Rolls, and reduce average talk time by becoming more familiar with Calix Support Cloud.

Test Your Knowledge

Pass an online test and earn a "AXOS Foundations" or a "Home Networking Foundations" badge.

New events allow ConneXions attendees to benefit from expanded perspectives delivered by leading industry organizations

All included with your ConneXions registration!


Utilities Technology Council Workshop

UTC is the trusted resource for its utilities members to deploy technologies and solutions that deliver secure, reliable, and affordable mission critical services. UTC committees focus on key areas of utility operations and growth strategies, including broadband services.The UTC workshop will host speakers like Jon Claffey from RUS and Jon Chambers, former Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning for the Federal Communications Commission. There will also be roundtable discussions on topics like funding, business best practices, and regulatory issues.


Sunday, October 28, 2018

When you register for ConneXions, you will be asked if you'd like to register for this event, included with your ConneXions registration fee.


Mountain Connect Smart City Symposium

Mountain Connect will share lessons learned from real-world implementations in their Smart City Symposium. After hosting its leading municipal conference for eight years, Mountain Connect has the unique perspective to assist municipal broadband operators in their delivery of Smart City technologies. In the Symposium, attendees will also learn how to:

  • Improve constituent engagement, feedback, and touch points
  • Drive community sustainability through smart public safety and health care
  • Promote smart tourism
  • Leverage Smart Grid applications
  • Enable data gathering, security, privacy, and analytics    

Sunday, October 28, 2018

When you register for ConneXions, you will be asked if you'd like to register for this event, included with your ConneXions registration fee.

ConneXions Keynote Speakers


Leland Melvin

We welcome acclaimed astronaut, NFL player, scientist, TV personality and author, Leland Melvin, to our general session stage at Calix ConneXions 2018 as a featured keynote speaker. Hear his fascinating story of perseverance and how he ultimately traveled off-planet twice on Space Shuttle Atlantis to help build the International Space Station. Leland is the only person drafted into the National Football League to have flown in space.


Terry O'Reilly

Author, radio host, and marketing guru Terry O’Reilly will deliver a keynote presentation at Calix ConneXions 2018, highlighting two full days of marketing focused sessions. In his recent book, This I Know: Marketing Lessons from Under the Influence, Mr. O’Reilly shares the fundamental strategies required to build relationships that turn good marketing into great results, regardless of budget. Mr. O’Reilly will bring his insights from 30+ years of experience to the Calix ConneXions main stage, and kick-off breakout sessions and activities where attendees will explore and exchange marketing best practices.    


Lee Hicks

Lee Hicks is responsible for developing the core network element, platform technology and feature roadmaps that meet Verizon’s long-term infrastructure requirements. Earlier this year, Mr. Hicks embarked on deploying an always-on, converged services platform with an industry-first use of NG-PON2 technology. He will share the latest on Verizon’s goal to realize a radical reduction in network operating complexity and costs while enabling the deployment of new services with unprecedented speed.   


Will Hahn

Will Hahn brings over 22 years of industry experience and a unique perspective to the stage. Over his more than two decades in telecommunications, he has developed a deep knowledge of trends and a keen aptitude for carrier strategies, which has led to a growing interest in the smart home and business market. Interestingly, prior to joining Gartner, he taught ancient medieval history for 13 years at private preparatory schools in upstate New York and spends his off hours writing epic fantasy tales.    


Shirley Bloomfield

As the CEO of NTCA (The Rural Broadband Association), Shirley Bloomfield brings a wealth of experience working with nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. Shirley is active in driving strategic partnerships among rural telecom companies, their larger counterparts, other rural utilities, and federal agencies. She will share best practices around identifying and expanding business ecosystems to better engage unserved and underserved communities.       


Avi Kulshrestha

Avi Kulshrestha heads the business for Communications, Media, Entertainment in Europe and OEMs globally for Infosys. Infosys is developing and delivering new software modules for the AXOS ecosystem. With these new capabilities, service providers can reduce the cost of operating their networks, improve network intelligence and deliver improved subscriber experiences. As a core member of the Calix AXOS ecosystem, Avi will share his insights on taking a software defined networking approach to the access network.     


Brad Moline

Brad Moline founded ALLO Communications LLC, a competitive local telephone company based in Nebraska, in 2003 and serves as its president and chief executive officer. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Birch Telecom in Kansas City. He will delve into the importance of anticipating and responding to subscriber needs with market changing service offerings.


Jon Kirk

Jon Kirk, Director of Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) will deliver a keynote address at Calix ConneXions 2018. As head of the Business Development team responsible for helping device manufacturers create products with Alexa voice capabilities built in, Jon Kirk is working toward Amazon’s goal of making Alexa available to customers everywhere. He will discuss how Amazon’s customer obsessed culture led to the development of Alexa, and how the tools and services provided through AVS are making it easier for developers and device makers to deliver new experiences with Alexa.


Robert Pataki

Robert Pataki, Head of Consumer Fixed Marketing Commercial for Dubai-based service provider du will deliver a keynote presentation at Calix ConneXions 2018. 

“Robert Pataki brings an incredibly unique background having worked his way up through the telecommunications industry in Europe,” said Matt Collins, Chief Marketing Officer at Calix. “We look forward to hearing his insights on the future of the industry in his region and lessons learned for all service providers.”

Join the thousands already
transforming their business
with Calix next-generation
platforms and solutions

Last year, attendees walked away with strategies to:

  • Offer subscribers a better experience with the smart home
  • Lower operating costs with software defined access (SDA) solutions
  • Improve subscriber experience and lower support costs with Calix Cloud



ConneXions will be jam-packed with over:


2000+ attendees


65+ breakout and training sessions to choose from


25+ Expo Partners

Uncover a world of innovation that will transform your business


Educational tracks designed just for:

Executives, Marketing, Technicians    


Specialized breakouts for:

Municipalities, Electric Co-ops, Cable Operators and more    


Peer to peer networking opportunities



Attendee Appreciation: Golf and Spa    



Training, Specialized Breakouts and Summits        



Calix Mainstage, Breakout sessions, Monday Night Entertainment     



Calix Mainstage, Breakout Sessions