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2017 Calix ConneXions Conference Materials

2017 Calix ConneXions Conference Materials

The 2017 Calix ConneXions Innovation and User Conference was created to help you see a clear path to the infinite possibilities on the horizon – and this year’s conference surpassed all expectations! Over 2000 participants joined us in Las Vegas October 27-31 to learn, share, get inspired, and connect with world class speakers, experts, and industry partners. Bigger and  better than ever before, ConneXions has transformed from the industry’s favorite conference into a global event that can’t be missed. Below are videos of main stage presentations and breakouts as well as links to presentations and testimonials from this year’s conference. Enjoy, learn, get inspired, and let us know how we can help you to transform your business!

Kickoff Videos

The inspiring kick-off video for the general session of the 2017 Calix ConneXions conference that challenges attendees to imagine a world with no limits.
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Kick-off video for the second day of general session keynotes at the 2017 Calix ConneXions conference, providing a review of the stunning Calix innovations delivered over the preceding 12 months.
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Highlights and Keynotes

Conference Highlights

Highlights of the record-setting 2017 Calix ConneXions Innovation and User Conference.
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Michael Weening ConneXions Keynote

Welcome to 2017 ConneXions covers the amazing journey that Calix has been on with its customers and our go forward mission. This includes introductions to SVP Services Greg Billings and CMO Matt Collins.
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Carl Russo ConneXions Keynote

Calix President and CEO explores the “really” big story, that the device-enabled subscriber is disrupting the communications industry as we know it, and that a full blown, top to bottom, DevOps transformation is necessary, and now possible, for service providers to succeed.
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Shane Eleniak ConneXions Keynote

Calix VP of Systems Products introduces EXOS – the Experience OS – the first carrier class premises operating system designed to help service providers deliver a managed experience for the smart home and business. Learn more about the latest Calix innovation, EXOS .
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Shane Eleniak ConneXions Keynote

Calix VP of Systems Products discusses AXOS – the only true SDA architecture –  challenges the industry to be ready for a software driven world that uses analytics to drive business decisions and reduces OPEX while increasing service velocity through automation.
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Miguel Alonso ConneXions Keynote

Calix VP of Cloud Products explores the DIKW continuum (Data, Info, Knowledge, Wisdom) and shows real world examples of how analytics in leading to a better experience, and, in the cases of South Central Communications and NCTC, service provider success. Learn more about how Calix Cloud  provides these business-critical analytics.
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Lee Hicks ConneXions Keynote

Verizon’s VP of Technology Planning discusses their quest to leverage NG-PON2  to achieve the efficiencies and savings of operating one unified network, as well as the transformative experience it will enable.
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Michael Weening ConneXions Keynote

Calix EVP of Sales and Marketing interviews the leaders of Pilot and ALLO, two powerful examples of service providers who have leveraged Calix technologies and platforms to create an unrivaled subscriber experience.
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Ray Le Maistre ConneXions Keynote

Light Reading’s International Group Editor explores the impact that automation will have on the communications industry, from the introduction of a new 4 layer model to the industry’s transition to the virtualized “Telco Cloud.”
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Matt Collins ConneXions Day 2 Closing Remarks

Calix CMO closes the 2017 ConneXions conference with a discussion about opportunity without limits, where service providers are defining their own future by partnering with Calix to transform the industry together.
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All workshop videos now available!

Cable and MSO Workshop

Day 1, Track 1

This session reviews a study conducted by Calix and CCI comparing a cost of a fiber deep DOCSIS 3.1 build to that of a FTTH network. The study reviews low, medium, and high-density deployments as well as OPEX considerations.
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While there are over 100 manufacturers of EPON in the world, only one has been designed for software defined, virtualized cable network of the future. This session reviews Calix’s 10G EPON solution  and the importance software and virtualization will take as operators deploy both virtualized CCAP and PON.
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SDA Workshop

Day 1, Track 2

This session provides a short refresh on SDA,  then discuss initiatives like ON.Lab CORD vs. BBF Cloud CO vs. the many variations that service providers may pursue. If you think you have to adopt CORD to adopt SDA/AXOS, think again!
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anySDN and the use of abstraction layers, open interfaces, and virtualized OSS management connectors will simplify integration and lead to greater automation. Calix partners and customers discuss the use of virtual systems, including AXOS Sandbox,  to speed integration in this session.
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Wi-Fi Workshop

Day 1, Track 3

Home automation will drive the IoT market between now and 2020. The introduction of IoT devices in the home will require service gateways to evolve, becoming intelligent IoT hubs with built-in support for popular wireless technologies beyond Wi-Fi. This session explores the new business opportunities for service providers as they enter the managed, connected home market.
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From smart homes to virtual boardrooms, everything starts with a connection, a subscriber, and a device. But how will you stay ahead of web-scale competitors as subscriber demands shift to highly personalized experiences? This session introduced attendees to EXOS  – the only OS designed to deliver the highly-personalized experiences subscribers crave.
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Regulatory Workshop

Day 1, Track 4

This regulatory session features Tom Cohen and Larry Thompson, CEO of Vantage Point Solutions, as they have a lively discussion covering a variety of FCC and Congressional issues that will impact service providers. They cover topics such as the FCC's redefinition of broadband, future auctions, additional funding for ROR and A-CAM, infrastructure funds and how they may be distributed, and what the FCC is doing to break down broadband barriers (BDAC).
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Privacy can be a key concern for any company considering using the cloud to guide marketing, support, and planning initiatives. Learn the realities of consumer protection policies today, the direction of the FCC, and how to ensure you're properly working within the intent of these policies in using data to navigate your business opportunities in this session. Panelists include Tom Cohen, Fiber Broadband Association General Counsel, and Jonathan Banks of USTelecom.
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Did you know there may be millions of Federal dollars available to help you bring broadband to your under served members? If you are not intimately familiar with the potential financial benefits the Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF-II) auctions can bring your community - you need to watch this session.
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FTTH Workshop

Day 1, Track 5

The end game is fiber, but how do we get there faster? Challenges related to getting fiber in the ground or on a pole, to applications demanding it and challenges delivering those applications are addressed in this strategy discussion.
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You're hearing a lot about NG-PON2, but what is really driving its need. Watch this session to learn about the next applications and use cases related to NG-PON2  (5G, Business services, Smart Grid, OTT and more…).
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Separating the FUD from reality! Latest updates related to standards, state of NG-PON2  and what's next. Standards roadmap and the impact they will have on FTTH networks will be discussed by Calix experts
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MDU Workshop

Day 1, Track 6

To determine where to deploy Gfast  gigabit services, service providers must first weigh key factors such as the subscriber’s willingness to upgrade and the capital expense of the project. This session helps service providers crack the code on where to deploy Gfast first and tap into a goldmine of MDU revenues.
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MDU subscribers live in peculiar predicaments. This session presents some of the unique Wi-Fi challenges that are encountered when striving to enrich the user experience for MDUs. We also examine how Calix Cloud  and the GigaFamily  can be used to optimize Wi-Fi performance.
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This session shows how service providers have cracked the code on the MDU buildings using Gfast  and AXOS . Together, these technologies offer a superior gigabit offering, flexible symmetric services, unmatched Wi-Fi experience, and accelerated time to revenue.
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Connected Home and IoT Workshop

Day 2, Track 1

The future of the connected home will require advanced technology, careful integration of IoT capabilities, and significant security enhancements. A can't miss session for those interested in detailed updates on the future of the GigaFamily.
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Greg Owens, Product Marketing Director, for Calix premises solutions covers how to monetized both managed Wi-Fi and mesh Wi-Fi solutions in today's connected home. This session includes great audience participation as several service providers share their questions for the future and their learnings from the past.
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The future of the connected home will require advanced technology, careful integration of IoT capabilities, and significant security enhancements. If you're interested in hearing in-depth updates on the future of the GigaFamily,  this is a can't miss session.
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Municipality and Electric Coop Workshop

Day 2, Track 2

Hear from pioneers in their industry who have successfully deployed greenfield networks in some of the most challenging conditions (and learned some valuable lessons along the way). If they can do it, so can you!  Learn from their 20/20 hindsight to enhance the success of your business.
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This session discusses the impact of emerging 5G wireless technology on FTTx networks. Should I wait for 5G? Is fiber still the best network infrastructure for the future? Should I deploy a combination of both? If you have been asking yourself these questions, you need to watch this session.
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This session provides education on some of the most common/proven network architectures and technologies available for greenfield deployments. This knowledge will help you evaluate the options and make the right decision for your network deployment and ensure you are building the most competitive and efficient network possible.
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Access Systems Workshop

Day 2, Track 3

Finding out that your subscriber behaviors are challenging your network in ways you weren’t prepared for? Learn more in this session about how to redefine your access network to be prepared for the future. 
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This session covers the vision of the AXOS  E-series product portfolio as well as updates on specific system capabilities.
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Don’t take our word for it, hear from service providers about the benefits they see with AXOS . This service provider panel talks about the impact AXOS solutions and Calix Services are having on their business.
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Marketing Workshop

Day 2, Track 4

Watch Bethany Chinadle from Triangle Communications and learn how their marketing team transformed to be a data-driven organization. Hear best practices and real-world examples of how they used data from Calix Marketing Cloud  to electrify their campaigns.
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In the era of musical.ly, SnapChat, Instagram and Facebook, how can you decide which platforms are the best for reaching your target audience? During this session, we discuss social media trends and how they are now a necessary extension of your brand. Experts share how to choose the right social media platform for your audience and ways to make "old" marketing, new again.
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Consumer-grade Mesh Wi-Fi devices are gaining significant traction in the market, but they can be expensive and complex for average consumers to configure. Watch this roundtable session to discuss how to best position a simple, affordable solution  that will improve the connected experience for your customers, while increasing your revenue and reducing your support costs.
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Copper Technology Workshop

Day 2, Track 5

Service provider industry leaders discuss the challenges and opportunities of staying competitive with copper, including Gfast . Panelists share lessons learned as copper comes up against gigabit services momentum in the industry.
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This session separates FUD from reality on copper! Calix experts provide a standards roadmap update focusing on the state of Gfast, Amendment 3, G.mgfast, and beyond. It also provides an update on reverse powering and dynamic time assignment.
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Is the competition “eating the lunch” of your traditional copper broadband? You are not alone! Whether you are a service provider extending service to CAF qualified customers or you are shortening the loop to reach competitive 100Mbps services, this session provides tips and techniques, based on deploying the powerful solutions like VDSL2 17a/35b, bonding, vectoring, remote powering, and bonded DMT.
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Analytics and Business Workshop

Day 2, Track 6

IoT is changing our personal lives every day. This session highlights how Calix Cloud  can help you play offense in a highly competitive world. Get ready to embrace IoT with your customers and capitalize on the incredible opportunity.
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Did you know 50% of all support calls are Wi-Fi related? Most are related to signal blockage, interference, and coverage, but without visibility and control of the home network, support teams remain challenged. This session discusses Calix Support Cloud (CSC) , designed for root cause analysis, call avoidance and self-optimization of the subscriber experience including Wi-Fi.
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Subscribers and networks offer a wealth of data. To tap into the data goldmine, Calix Marketing Cloud (CMC)  turns your marketing team into data scientists without the need for advanced analytics training. Calix experts introduce CMC in this session and how to segment, target, and market services intelligently.
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Innovation in AXOS Subscriber Management

Muni broadband leader Cedar Falls Utilities talks subscriber management with the Calix AXOS E9-2 Intelligent Edge System. 
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Excellence in Innovation Enablement

Through a close partnership, Calix and Momentum Telecom are reducing back office integration time and complexity and laying a foundation to SDN for service providers of all types. 
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Innovation in Cloud Analytics

In Lafayette, Tennessee, NCTC is utilizing Calix Marketing Cloud to drive business success with higher ARPU, take rates, and broadband speed upgrades across their subscriber base.
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Innovation in Next Gen Services

Calix has made NG-PON2 a reality, enabling New Zealand's Northpower Fibre to demonstrate the technology in a live network for the first time in the world via a Calix AXOS E7-2 Modular Access System.
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Innovation in Subscriber Experience (Residential)

In Minnesota, Paul Bunyan Communications leveraged their Calix-powered gigabit network and GigaCenters with Carrier Class Wi-Fi to host the region's first live gaming tournament with the GigaZone Gaming Championship.
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Innovation in Subscriber Experience (Business)

Manhattan-based Pilot Fiber is leveraging a fully software defined network and the AXOS E7-2 Intelligent Modular System to build an impressive base of business customers throughout major cities on the East Coast of the United States.
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Meet “the Millers” –a family beset by everyday broadband problems in their home that leverages the power of Calix EXOS to give them control over IoT chaos and their broadband experience.
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No subscriber wants to be at the mercy of their service provider’s schedule when maintenance is necessary. How would network operations change if you could eliminate maintenance windows?
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Service providers need to be able to recognize subscriber broadband needs and rapidly address them or risk the consequences. How quickly can you integrate new technologies and create new services to reach new markets    
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The difference between a run-of-the-mill broadband experience and a sensational one is a matter of timing. Can your support teams remotely identify and resolve Wi-Fi challenges before they become issues?
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Your subscribers deserve a sensational broadband experience, and most broadband complaints are predictable and avoidable. How can your marketing team stay ahead of subscriber frustrations and eliminate churn?
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The promise of IoT for many subscribers will be lost in the complexity of makes all of these connected devices work seamlessly together. Are you ready to turn IoT chaos into Smart Home revenue?
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Security has emerged as a top concern among broadband subscribers. How prepared are you to identify and contain IoT security issues?    
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For today’s broadband subscriber, instant gratification isn’t soon enough. Are you ready to respond to on-demand service requests that result in experience optimization?    
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Massive web-scale companies are making a play to go around you to deliver mesh Wi-Fi solutions directly to your subscribers, stealing your relationships and relegating you to a dumb pipe. Why let subscribers turn to home invaders when you can deliver the best Wi-Fi experience possible for pennies a day?    
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