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E3-2 Intelligent PON Node built on AXOS – The Only True SDA

Collapse access and service edge functions into a distributed architecture


AXOS E3-2 Intelligent PON Node

Now, it gets interesting… the Calix AXOS E3-2 Intelligent PON Node revolutionizes how service providers will architect their fiber access network moving forward.

True network transformation is often hindered by a reliance on legacy infrastructure and facilities. The E3-2 Intelligent PON Node is designed to collapse access and service edge functions in a distributed fiber architecture, extending the reach of the data center up to 140km and dramatically reducing TCO by shuttering costly facilities.

Today, the E3-2 can seamlessly integrate into an operator’s infrastructure by leveraging existing fiber deep designs, management systems, power, and rights-of-way.  The modular design provides an easy upgrade path to any next generation 10G PON technology.


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E3-2 Video

The disruptive economic impact of deploying the AXOS E3-2 Intelligent PON Node

The new Calix AXOS E3-2 Intelligent PON Node does more than just disrupt the economics of fiber deployment – it revolutionizes the OPEX profile of a service provider. Calix VP of Product Line Leadership Shane Eleniak explains in the video.

E3-2 Video Overview

Jim Brede, Product Manager, provides a detailed overview of the modular capabilities of the E3-2 Intelligent PON node. 

E3-2 Intelligent PON Node Highlighted at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo ’16

Light Reading’s Alan Breznick discusses with Doug Blue, Solutions Marketing Director, how the latest Calix innovation, the E3-2, facilitates dramatic network transformation.

Network Transformation

Before: Traditional Network Architecture

Typical Metropolitan Serving Area with one master headend and two to seven hub sites.

The E3-2 Intelligent PON Node, is a revolutionary system designed to collapse access and service edge functions in a distributed fiber architecture.


After: Distributed Access/Service Management Collapse

80% TCO savings realized with deployment of E3-2 Intelligent Nodes and the shuttering of hubs.

That’s right, integrated routing and subscriber management means you can decommission your aggregation router and move the functions, along with the OLT, from a hub or central office into a hardened, intelligent system.  As a result, operators can extend the reach of data centers catalyzing the collapse of hubs and costly managed facilities leading to dramatic reductions in TCO.


Software Defined Access

The modularity of the E3-2 extends beyond the physical - powered by AXOS, the Intelligent PON Node delivers on the promise of Software Defined Access. The fast, always-on, and simple AXOS platform provides a stateful system that allows incremental enhancements or feature addition. AXOS container based services, make the E3-2 ideally suited for virtualized functions in a complex network environment. The E3-2 can accelerate network transformation by seamlessly coexisting with virtualized architectures, such as distributed CCAP, and enable zero touch provisioning in a multi-vendor, multi-technology ecosystem.   The E3-2 ultimately helps operators eliminate operational complexity and reduce the costs to operate their network.


With respect to provisioning and management, the E3-2 can be integrated into a variety of back office solutions leveraging NETCONF, OpenFlow, Calix Activate,  or DPx -  the industry’s first virtualized DOCSIS® connector. 

GPON to 10G PON Modularity

The E3-2 provides operators with a simple upgrade path from Gigabit to multi-Gigabit PON with field replaceable modules. Moving from GPON to 10G PON can be accomplished simply by replacing a module using a standard screwdriver. No other components need be replaced, preserving all of the initial investment in the E3-2. As the E3-2 supports two PON interface modules, each can be upgraded independently without service impacts.

Cost and Deployment Time Reduction

E3-2 can seamlessly integrate into an operator’s network by leveraging existing power and right-of-ways. The rugged aluminum enclosure has a “deploy anywhere design” that can be mounted aerially, in a pedestal, on a pole, or wall. This flexibility can dramatically reduce costs while accelerating construction.  Deployment times can go from weeks or months to as little as a day because the E3-2 eliminates land acquisition and permit requirements. The E3-2 supports a variety of powering options that are best suited for the operator’s unique deployment environment. Redundant supply modules are available to support 60-90VAC, 190VAC, -48VDC, and 110/220VAC.

Datasheet and Technical Specifications

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E3-2 Specifications

Attribute Specification
PON module capacity 2
GPON ports 4 per module (8 per E3-2)
XGS-PON/NG-PON2 ports 2 per module (4 per E3-2)
10G EPON ports 2 per module (4 per E3-2)
Network uplink ports 4 x 10GE XFP
Routing protocols IS-IS (IPv4, IPv6), BGP (IPv4, IPv6), OSPFv2 (IPv4)
Environmental rating IP68
Power consumption 140 Watts max
Power supply options 60VAC/90VAC coax, -48VDC, commercial AC, ±190VDCspan power
Operating temperature -40°C to +65°C (-40°F to +149°F)
Humidity 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
Physical dimensions (WxHxD) 11.5in x 9.65in x 22in (29.2cm x 24.5cm x 55.9cm)

Calix E3-2: The rEvolution of Modular PON

  • Revolutionary design disrupts access and edge architecture
  • Simple, modular upgrades to any 10G PON technology
  • Facilitates transition to virtualized networks with AXOS
  • Seamlessly integrates with legacy networks

AXOS Platform

AXOS Platform Between the data center and the virtual CPE lies the Software Defined Access network, the business critical, indispensable connection between the device-enabled subscriber and the Internet of Everything.
AXOS G.fast Solutions Calix G.fast solutions can allow your existing copper infrastructure to compete head-to-head with Ethernet and DOCSIS-enabled competitors, and bring a gigabit experience to MDU and FTTdp environments.
AXOS Activate Activate is the next generation cloud-based management system for AXOS systems, providing a comprehensive set of FCAPS capabilities while managing the complete deployment and operations lifecycle of the AXOS access network.
AXOS E5 Business Services Calix E5 Ethernet Service Access Nodes integrate service demarcation and Ethernet aggregation capabilities to deliver premium Carrier Ethernet business and mobile backhaul services with operational efficiency and service assurance.