Calix, Inc. recently announced that TDS Telecommunications Corp, the nation's eighth-largest wireline communication service provider, is upgrading its widely deployed infrastructure of Calix (News - Alert) C7 Multiservice Access Platforms (MSAPs) in 20 states to bring advanced broadband services to its residential and business subscribers.
TDS is currently targeting 25 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 5 Mbps upstream and has plans to get even faster speeds in the future.
In order to enable voice, high-speed data, and in some areas video services to over 100 communities, TDS is utilizing all-Ethernet, very high-speed digital subscriber line 2 (VDSL2) technology. This initiative, recently rolled out to customers in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin, will now be implemented in another 13 states during the first quarter of 2011 which will reach subscribers across hundreds of nodes embedded in nearly 150 networks.
In a release, Ken Paker, vice president of network services at TDS said: “TDS is excited to be able to offer a significantly enhanced broadband experience to subscribers across a wide swath of our footprint. The ability to grow and scale our network to meet the emerging demands of our broadband subscribers is exactly why we first invested in the Calix C7 and the Calix Unified Access portfolio nearly seven years ago. Our deployment schedule has been very aggressive for this broad initiative. Calix has been a great partner in helping us to transform our networks and meet our objectives.”
TDS has been a Calix customer since 2004 and has deployed the Calix Unified Access portfolio widely across its 30 state footprint. Some of the C7s being upgraded as a part of this initiative were among the first deployed in 2004.
John Colvin, vice president of field operations at Calix said that “We congratulate TDS in bringing advanced broadband services to over 100 communities across the United States. We are proud of the role we have played in this transformational initiative, and look forward to working with TDS to continue to ensure that their subscribers reap the benefits of their flexible and high capacity broadband access network infrastructure.”
Calix is a North American provider of broadband communications access systems and software for fiber- and copper- based network architectures that enable communications service providers to connect to their residential and business subscribers.
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