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CAF Performance Testing Solution

Are you ready to start testing?

CAF Performance Testing Solution

Connect America Fund (CAF) Performance Testing

Ensure that your network is operating at the performance levels your subscribers expect. With the EXOS-powered GigaSpire and Calix Support Cloud service providers can not only ensure compliance with the FCC required testing, but also utilize built in intelligence and tools to continuously improve the subscriber experience. For customers seeking further assistance with the compliance process, Calix has announced a Calix Managed Services offering and updated educational training for Calix Support Cloud to help customers implement their testing framework. Calix has been an early, active participant in providing a testing solution that is ready months ahead of the FCC mandated deadline. 

 

Latest Update from Washington

As anticipated, the FCC, in public notice DA 19-490, announced a delay to the start of the Performance Measures Order that was adopted in July of 2018. This delay pushes the start date for testing to January of 2020 and will allow the FCC to address the pending petitions and questions that have been raised over the last year in regards to implementation of this testing. This also allows service providers an opportunity to pre-test their solution to accurately reflect the performance of their network.

Watch this news briefing for more detailed information on the delay.

 

Latest enhancements

You asked. We Listened. Based on requests from service providers, we have already made some early enhancements to our CAF Performance Testing feature included in our Calix Support Cloud solution.  ​

Watch our latest webinar, "CAF Performance Testing: What you need to know" to hear the latest updates​.

Available NOW!​

Select your own Ookla server

Service providers asked for the ability to test to their own Ookla Speedtest Server. This functionality was available with our May 2019 Release. Service providers looking at this implementation should test early with multiple test groups to determine which site selection option provides the best results. ​

Don’t go it alone, let us help​.

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Start pre-testing

Service providers asked for assistance in implementing a pre-testing protocol to ensure all routing and peering meets the FCC Requirements. This will also ensure performance testing results with the best possible outcomes.

Calix has experts available to assist you. ​

Schedule a demo with our Cloud Solutions team

Learn how to set-up a test today (login required)​:

Coming Fall 2019​

Testing on the GigaCenter

Service providers asked us to enable the Gigacenter as a test client for CAF Performance Testing. Calix is working with Ookla to integrate a more efficient client by Fall 2019 for EXOS licensed service providers with Calix Support Cloud.  ​

 

Are you ready for CAF Performance Testing?

Performance testing is now incorporated into Calix Smart Home and Business Solution

Highlights:

  • Calix leverages Speedtest®  by Ookla® to manage the volume of testing required.
  • This capability covers all previously released requirements for CAF Performance Testing.
  • Customers deploying the EXOS-powered GigaSpire with Calix Support Cloud are able to implement testing compliance without additional capital investment or network disruption.
  • Calix Managed Services are designed to help customers that desire assistance throughout the testing compliance process. 
  • This solution will be adjusted to keep pace with any changes from the FCC.
  • This is months ahead of the FCC-mandated January 1,  2020 deadline to ensure customers achieve and maintain compliance.

View the replay of our recent webinar to hear the latest information on CAF Performance Testing and see the Calix solution in action.

GigaSpire powered by EXOS

CAF Performance Testing Client

The EXOS powered GigaSpire is so much more than a platform for CAF Performance Testing.

Calix Support Cloud

CAF Performance Testing Controller

Calix Support Cloud schedules, initiates and builds your CAF Performance Testing. 

Calix Managed Services

Broadband Performance Testing Service

Guidance on CAF deployments

Calix Managed Services can help with updated training courses and assistance throughout the compliance process. 

 

Are you looking for more information?

Calix is a trusted partner for service providers who are leveraging various CAF programs to deliver great subscriber experiences. The resources below contain links to previous CAF Performance Testing Webinars and Press Releases.

Webinar Replay

The FCC CAF Order is coming. Are you ready?

Calix has rolled up its sleeves studying the FCC order, working with Washington DC experts and providing educational workshops. We recently announced that we will incorporate Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II performance testing into the next Smart Home and Business release in February 2019. Highlights include:

  • This new capability will cover all previously released requirements for CAF II funding.
  • Customers deploying the EXOS-powered GigaSpire with Calix Support Cloud will be able to ensure compliance without additional capital investment or network disruption.
  • This is months ahead of the FCC-mandated January 1, 2020 deadline to ensure customers achieve and maintain compliance.

ConneXions Presentation

Are you ready for the FCC CAF Speed and Latency Test Requirement?

In July 2018, the FCC released DA18-710 describing its new rules for CAF testing.  For those who are recipients of Connect America Fund (CAF) high-cost universal service support, let's discuss more about these changes.  With continued lobbying in DC, the opportunity is now for affected service providers to plan how they're going to meet these new obligations by January 1, 2020.

Webinar Replay

Are you ready for FCC CAF Testing?

In July 2018, the FCC released DA18-710 describing its new rules for CAF testing.  For those who are recipients of Connect America Fund (CAF) high-cost universal service support, let's discuss more about these changes.  With continued lobbying in DC, the opportunity is now for affected service providers to plan how they're going to meet these new obligations by January 1, 2020.

 

Congratulations
Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Auction Winners!

The CAF Phase II Auction represents a great opportunity for aggressive service providers to find new growth opportunities in serving broadband starved communities. By definition, the communities targeted by this program were either underserved or unserved – on the wrong side of the digital divide – and their incumbent service providers were either unable, or unwilling, to commit to bringing these communities up to minimum national standards.

The auction awarded $1.5B of support over 10 years to bring broadband service to unserved census blocks in price cap carrier territories.  Auction winners have plenty of work to do and Calix is here to help!

Connect America Fund Phase II auction results

FCC requires 60% homes passed within 3 years. Calix can help.

Chances Are You’re Not New To Delivering Broadband To Unserved Communities. Neither Is Calix.

CAF Phase II award winners have unique technical and geographic challenges to meeting the needs of unserved census blocks.  Whether you’re a wireline telco, WISP, municipality or electric cooperative, Calix has vast experience helping Communications Service Providers (CSPs) deliver broadband to unserved and underserved communities across America.

 

FCC CAF II Long Form Technology and System Design Descriptions

The information contained herein is provided to assist in the preparation of the FCC Form 683, Application for Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Support. The preparer may use the applicable sections of the Calix Systems, Premises, and Cloud solutions into the FCC Long Form application as needed to comply with the Technology and System Design Description requirements.

NOTE: My Calix login required to download documents.

Calix Solutions Copper based performance data for FCC Long Form

Calix Solutions FCC CAF II Long Form Technology and System Design Description

 

The FCC CAF order is coming. Are you ready?

Performance testing to be incorporated into Calix Smart Home and Business Solution

Calix has rolled up its sleeves studying the FCC order, working with Washington DC experts and providing educational workshops. We recently announced that we will incorporate Connect America Fund (CAF) performance testing into the next Smart Home and Business release in February 2019. Highlights include:

  • This new capability will cover all previously released requirements for CAF Performance Testing.
  • Customers deploying the EXOS-powered GigaSpire with Calix Support Cloud will be able to ensure compliance without additional capital investment or network disruption.
  • This is months ahead of the FCC-mandated January 1, 2020 deadline to ensure customers achieve and maintain compliance.

Are you ready for FCC CAF Testing?

In July 2018, the FCC released DA 18-710 describing its new rules for CAF Testing. This educational webinar is targeted to any service provider that is a recipient of Connect America Fund (CAF) high-cost universal service support. This webinar provides a snapshot to what tests are needed, when the tests are needed, how many test locations are required, and a solution set that will meet the FCC requirement.

All Calix products are standards based

Following are links to relevant datasheets that clearly identify technology standards used.

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Gigabit Capable Solutions

Subscriber Experience Management
  • Calix Support Cloud
Other Broadband Solutions

In addition to the specifications outlined in the product datasheets, Calix GPON products also comply with the following standards:

  • G.984.1, Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON): General characteristics, 2008, with Amendment 1 (2009) and 2 (2012)
  • G.984.2, GPON: Physical Media Dependent (PMD) Layer Specification, 2003, with Amendment 1 (2006) and 2 (2008)
  • G.984.3, G-PON: Transmission Convergence Layer Specification, 2008, with Amendments 1 (2009), 2 (2009), 3 (2012) and Erratum 1 (2010)
  • G.984.4, G-PON: ONT Management and Control Interface (OMCI) Specification, 2008, with Amendments 1 (2009), 2 (2009), 3 (2010), Erratum 1 (2009), Corrigendum 1 (2010), and An Implementer's Guide (2009)
  • G.984.5 Enhancement Band, 2007, with Amendment 1 (2009) Coexistence with Future WDM PON Technology on the Same Medium
  • G.984.7 Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON): Long reach (2010)

    

All Calix fiber access solutions are gigabit speed capable

A Customer Advisory Bulletin “Throughput of Calix GPON and Active Ethernet Access Systems” which uses RFC 2544 test procedures to characterize the data rates of Calix solutions at different frame sizes can be accessed here:    

Calix solutions have industry leading latency characteristics

Latency in a PON network is measured in the upstream and downstream direction.  As a point to multipoint technology, it is important to understand the different factors to planning for latency. Some of these variables include packet size, traffic type (TCP or UDP), traffic load, uplink capacity (1GE vs 10GE) and ONT types. 

Calix leverages industry standard testing based on RFC2544 to measure throughput and latency across various configurations for our GPON and 10G PON solutions.  Due to the asymmetric nature of GPON (2.5Gbps downstream / 1.25 Gbps upstream), we have observed increased latency in the upstream direction versus the downstream direction.  Factoring in consideration for variables previously mentioned, Calix solutions typically maintain a latency of ~26 microseconds in the downstream direction and 750 microseconds in the upstream direction while supporting 1 Gbps services in a typical PON with 64 subscribers.    

Calix measures MOS scores for all of its solutions

The average MOS score for Calix fiber solutions is 4.13. The average MOS score for Calix copper solutions is 4.15.