FTC Dramatically Simplifies Network Operations with AXOS, Cuts OSS/BSS Integration Time from 18 Months to Just 10 Weeks

Rural cooperative selects AXOS E7-2 Intelligent Modular System to transform network, dramatically reducing operating expenses and time-to-market by 86 percent

SAN JOSE, CA – February 4, 2019 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced that Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (FTC) has deployed AXOS to rapidly move its network to GPON as it continues its fiber expansion across more densely populated areas of northeastern Alabama. With AXOS, FTC was able to reduce the typical integration time of OSS/BSS systems by 86 percent, from 18 months to 10 weeks.  FTC is leveraging the E7-2 Intelligent Modular System and the Services Management Connector (SMx) to deliver this upgrade to an AXOS network. This upgrade will simplify operations and accelerate future back office integrations.


FTC is expanding into both ILEC and CLEC markets with varying population densities.  The flexibility of the E7-2 Intelligent Modular System and SMx connector provides a simple bridge between its legacy network and its new next-generation network. AXOS offers service providers a clear path to a simplified, intelligent, unified access network that can accelerate time-to-revenue while reducing time-to-market and total cost of ownership.


“AXOS has already enabled us to integrate our billing systems in a fraction of the time it traditionally takes, and we now have the blueprint for success with future integrations,” said Charles Austin, manager, network engineering and operations for FTC. “Since the deployment, our network has been so stable that we haven’t even needed to leverage the AXOS Diagnostic Toolbox.”


By employing consistent service models and workflows with AXOS, FTC is able to simplify operations as well as reduce operating expenses. As FTC transitions its network to Software Defined Access (SDA) while working with existing OSS/BSS systems, AXOS and SMx provide the northbound and southbound connections needed to eliminate middleware and reduce cost and complexity.


The scalability of AXOS has also enabled FTC to venture beyond its previous business development capabilities. The cooperative recently bid on a school district project in one of the CLEC markets in which it is actively laying fiber. Given the school’s bandwidth requirements and network design, the best way to support their subscribers’ needs was via 10G PON. Calix AXOS systems support this via both NG-PON2 and XGS-PON. AXOS systems provide both the simplicity and flexibility to meet a wide range of deployment scenarios and future-proof a CSP’s network.


“We sincerely appreciate a longtime, valued customer like FTC, and we are pleased that they have opted to build on our strategic relationship through this latest network upgrade,” said Skip Hirvela, VP sales, field operations management for Calix. “The reliability of our solutions is important, but the value of Calix extends far beyond our product portfolio. We take pride in being a true partner that can open new opportunities for our customers by accelerating their success.” 


For a closer look at AXOS or other Calix solutions, visit Calix in booth 500 at NTCA RTIME, February 3-6 in New Orleans.


About Calix

Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) – Innovative communications service providers rely on Calix platforms to help them master and monetize the complex infrastructure between their subscribers and the cloud. Calix is the leading global provider of the cloud and software platforms, systems, and services required to deliver the unified access network and smart premises of tomorrow. Our platforms and services help our customers build next generation networks by embracing a DevOps operating model, optimize the subscriber experience by leveraging big data analytics and turn the complexity of the smart home and business into new revenue streams.

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