Breaking News

GLOBAL Wi-Fi NEWS bulletin

Search

In today’s home security landscape, hackers are the new cat burglars. It’s no surprise: Economists argue that data is now the world’s most coveted resource—beating out oil, gold, and other valuable materials.

That means homeowners need to protect their data as fiercely as they safeguard their prized possessions. The problem is, keeping information secure is a lot more complicated than locking diamonds in a safe.

The fact that most homes today have many devices—each one a possible access point for hackers—makes cyber-security even more challenging. The average Plume home, for instance has, on average, 14.5 connected devices spanning multiple smartphones, work-issued laptops and tablets, video game consoles, IoT devices, and more.

Read our entire whitepaper to learn more about the role that CSPs can play in keeping home networks as secure as possible. Download here

Wi-Fi 6 PENETRATING TRANSPORT ECOSYSTEM

Next-Gen Wi-Fi solutions are disrupting a growing number of industries, transportation included. The transportation industry is a vast ecosystem covering everything under the hood of transport, comprising rail, road, and air. With the help of efficient network connectivity offered by Wi-Fi 6, the transportation sector can shape passengers’ experience from before the journey with traveling management and e-ticketing to the departure point, baggage areas, security checks, and post-travel management hassle-free.

Wi-Fi 6 impact on transportation spluttered into a reality and in the future would continue to move through the gears and will completely transform the way we travel.

Wi-Fi 6- Driving the Future of Transportation

When it comes to transportation, wireless connectivity is more than an amenity. It has the potential to provide increased visibility and control over transportation systems. The low latency, high capacity, and reliability enhance the experience of how people travel with an efficient connectivity spectrum across our cities and much beyond.

  • Enhances operational efficiency
  • High availability of mission-critical services
  • Encourages staff collaboration
  • Simplifies network and device management
  • Real-time data collection
  • Improves safety and security

Wi-Fi 6 brings a closed focus on automation, data analytics, and digital transformation of the transportation industry to enhance the overall passenger experience.

With the advent of Wi-Fi 6 enabled solutions, the Internet spectrum will spark new opportunities for transportation innovation that would hinge upon access to
connectivity. Wi-Fi 6 brings the required experience to the customers while traveling, consisting of improved transfer speeds, impeccable performance, a wider area coverage, and longer battery life. It certainly paves a path for seaports, container terminals, airports, railways, logistic hubs, and warehouses to help drive their digital transformation initiatives.

Exclusive features of Wi-Fi 6 for the transportation industry

OFDMA enables more efficient channel use, reduces latency between Access Points that offer backward compatibility with legacy Wi-Fi standards.
1024 QAM encourages throughput by 25% and provides greater reliability in short distances.

Target Wake Time (TWT) removes the clutter of power consumption while extending the client battery life of mobile and IoT devices.
MU-MIMO, combined with beam-forming, supports up to eight client devices and provides greater network efficiency, focuses radio energy on specific users while ensuring optimal signal and reception reliability.

Improves operational efficiencies by simplifying the network and device management. It helps in connecting smart device networks from a single interface to boost safety and productivity.
Undoubtedly, safety and security concern looms mainly over the transportation sector, wherein transportation networks experience massive data exchange that makes the system vulnerable. Wi-Fi 6 comes with robust built-in security to address these challenges, helping the transportation sector stay in contact during emergencies without being hassled by security threats.

Wi-Fi 6 is the answer for transportation arcades such as airports and trains and other public and private transport modes. It will help in deploying advanced technology while offering high-quality connectivity for travellers and staff alike.

IO solutions aiding the transportation sector

IO brings a revolutionary set of Wi-Fi 6- enabled solutions to provide a simple, efficient enterprise-grade user experience for travellers and staff. Here’s a quick look at our solutions and how they are supporting the transport ecosystem relentlessly.

  • Location-based services with Wi-Fi 6 solutions are easy to access, helping to monitor locations, track people and transportation assets.
  • Monitoring IoT devices at airports, stations, and on roads to identify problems before they cause delays or accidents.
  • Our industrial-grade Access Points are designed for in-vehicle applications such as smart buses, public safety, and fleet management.
  • The network surveillance cameras offer real-time bidirectional video and audio transmissions, as well as data access functions.
  • Our outdoor Access Points come up with industrial-grade IP67 protection and water and dust resistance to offer for reliable operation even in harsh outdoor conditions.
  • Our solutions offer robust network connections to provide dependable critical communication networks for remote locations.

Our state-of-the-art Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) products provide more efficient high-density channel use and reduced latency between Access Points and client devices.

IO helps you keep your passengers connected while supercharging the customer experience to another level.

IO empowering connected transportation

IO brings an array of Wi-Fi solutions for trains, metros, airports, and other public and private transport forms. At IO, we provide a complete range of Wi-Fi solutions, including Access Points, Cloud Network Management System, and UBRs (for backhauling) to different sectors within transportation, such as:

  • Aviation
  • Rail
  • Roadways
  • Automotive vehicles

We can mention IO products here with images helping in transportation sector

Wi-Fi 6 for Aviation, Roadways & Railways

The breakthrough offered by Wi-Fi 6 in the Aviation sector enables navigation guides to personalized promotions, traveling status updates, automated ticketing, check-in, safety, security, and much beyond. This disrupting Wi-Fi allows passengers to get the benefits on their journey right from the departure point, baggage areas, and security check to post- travel engagement.

Wi-Fi 6 for the Automotive sector

With Wi-Fi 6, the operational process in the Automotive sector gets a fresh digital outlook facilitating staff collaboration, an enhanced network, and device management while enabling real-time operational and business data collection. The smart device networks, IoT enabled, can be managed from a single interface with robust connectivity to boost productivity exponentially.

Wi-Fi 6 paves the way for improved safety and security in the transport sector, helping to monitor and manage everything without interruption in data collection.

Food for thought

Wi-Fi on transport systems is still young, and with the advanced connectivity solutions, it will experience a growth spurt. Futuristic transportation indeed relies heavily on wireless connectivity. To help you experience a revolutionary transformation, the IO team is here to boost your passengers’ experience with innovative Wi-Fi solutions.

Gear up for growth and contact us today & discover how our products, services & solutions can streamline connectivity for the transportation sector with the Next-Gen Wi-Fi solutions.

Wtitten by: Shashank Sejwal, Senior Manager, Wi-Fi Development

14 additional economies detailed in Wi-Fi Alliance® commissioned report

Austin, TX – September 14, 2021 – The Global Economic Value of Wi-Fi® (2021-2025) report now details individual forecasts for 14 additional economies in Africa, Middle East, and India. The study, commissioned by Wi-Fi Alliance® and originally released earlier this year, now focuses on 29 total economies that collectively contribute $3.3 trillion USD to the global economy in 2021, and are projected to reach nearly $5 trillion by 2025.

Key findings from the 14 additional economies include:

  • Cameroon: $1 billion in economic value today, $3 billion by 2025
  • Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): $1 billion in economic value today, $2 billion by 2025
  • Egypt: $9 billion in economic value today, $17 billion by 2025
  • Gabon: $0.6 billion in economic value today, $1.2 billion by 2025
  • India: $131 billion in economic value today, $240 billion by 2025
  • Jordan: $2 billion in economic value today, $4 billion by 2025
  • Kenya: $12 billion in economic value today, $16 billion by 2025
  • Morocco: $6 billion in economic value today, $8 billion by 2025
  • Nigeria: $16 billion in economic value today, $33 billion by 2025
  • Oman: $2.6 billion in economic value today, $3 billion by 2025
  • Saudi Arabia: $17 billion in economic value today, $24 billion by 2025
  • Senegal: $1 billion in economic value today, $3 billion by 2025
  • South Africa: $31 billion in economic value today, $44 billion by 2025
  • Uganda: $1 billion in economic value today, $4 billion by 2025

Wi-Fi’s economic value in these 29 economies was assessed based on several key factors and global developments impacting the Wi-Fi industry. Calculations of each factor – including free Wi-Fi access, residential and enterprise savings, Wi-Fi 6 adoption, availability of 6 GHz spectrum, and the coronavirus pandemic – were combined with implications specific to each country to develop the economic value.

Find the Global Economic Value of Wi-Fi report here, view the report highlights sheet, and download a graphics package on our website: www.valueofwifi.org

*Global Wi-Fi economic impact forecasts overall were not impacted by detailed forecasts for 14 additional economies.

About Wi-Fi Alliance®  |  www.wi-fi.org
Wi-Fi Alliance® is the worldwide network of companies that brings you Wi-Fi®. Members of our collaboration forum come together from across the Wi-Fi ecosystem with the shared vision to connect everyone and everything, everywhere, while providing the best possible user experience. Since 2000, Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 65,000 Wi-Fi certifications. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ seal of approval designates products with proven interoperability, backward compatibility, and the highest industry-standard security protections in place. Today, Wi-Fi carries more than half of the internet’s traffic in an ever-expanding variety of applications. Wi-Fi Alliance continues to drive the adoption and evolution of Wi-Fi, which billions of people rely on every day.

WCI Technologies, in collaboration with Lumen Technologies, is delivering a range of network and IT services to the travel and hospitality industry. Most recently, Texas-based Remington Hotels updated their wireless connectivity services at properties across the nation to provide enhanced performance, reliability, and security.

“Technology plays a role in every aspect of the travel industry and is only becoming more vital. We’re very excited to add value to our customers through a secure foundation of connectivity services,” said Robert Grosz, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, WCI. “WCI Technologies, in collaboration with Lumen, is expanding our advanced services portfolio and transforming our great legacy brand into a global technology leader in the industry.”

Offerings include a range of managed network and IT services designed for easy installation, maintenance, monitoring and management, thus simplifying the path to deployment and use.

“As businesses are using tech to fuel change and supercharge the customer experience, our Partners can leverage our solutions and expertise to help accelerate growth, increase efficiencies and exceed customer expectations,” said David Young, senior vice president, strategic sales for Lumen. “Our Channel Partner program is about making connections – not just to our global network and technology solutions, but also to a network of support, resources and training that can help companies deliver new opportunities and experiences.”

Read our press release to learn more about how WCI Technologies is improving digital technology across the board.

Learn more at onewci.com

Partnership with Philippines mobile operator Globe expands to 45 new sites, delivering affordable broadband to remote communities and setting the blueprint for other hard-to-reach populations around the world 

7 September 2021 Curvalux, the disruptive innovator of new generation wireless broadband solutions, has secured a multi-million dollar order following groundbreaking commercial trials in the Philippines to test technology that will bring affordable, sustainable Internet connectivity to remote, low-income communities around the world.

The company’s partnership with Globe Telecom – one of the Philippines’ biggest mobile operators – is designed to overcome the challenges of implementing large-scale telecoms infrastructure across the archipelagic state, comprising of more than 7,000 islands. Now, following the successful completion of commercial trials across the country, Globe has made a significant order for additional Edge Node systems to expand its network deployment using Curvalux’s pioneering multibeam technology.

Curvalux Edge Nodes can be installed on existing telecoms towers and provides coverage by using 16 separate narrow beams per sector to concentrate radio frequency energy into a tightly focused beam like a laser pointer. The beam isolation means that there is a far lower risk of interference from other sources, leading to vastly improved connectivity at distance in remote areas.

Unlike other solutions, the infrastructure does not need to be connected to the electrical grid and can be powered solely through renewable energy sources including solar panels. This makes the solution not only cheaper to operate but far more sustainable than current 4G and 5G technologies.

Digital connectivity is becoming increasing critical for the economic viability of remote communities around the world. In the Philippines, more than 40 million people still have no access to the Internet, a figure representing 36 percent of the total population.

Gerard Ortines, Globe Telecom’s Head of Network Solution & Capex Management, said: “The delivery of reliable and cost-effective broadband services in the Philippines is hampered by an incredibly diverse geography and demographic. Traditional terrestrial Wi-Fi antennas may work well in some areas but are power-hungry, expensive to deploy and have a small coverage area. Curvalux’s Edge Node can be deployed at scale across difficult terrains while providing high performance connectivity at a cost that is affordable to the low-income families who need it the most.”

Curvalux’s solution holds many benefits over more traditional connectivity solutions. Less than 1,000 watts of electrical power is required to send high-powered signals over long distances, in comparison with LTE/5G systems which require 10,000-15,000 watts.

Initially designed for a 5GHz frequency, the Curvalux standalone antenna system is interoperable with any standard Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6 Access Points and off-the-shelf CPEs, enabling the use of inexpensive CPEs and unlicensed bands. The initial investment in the technology delivers substantial savings as it requires fewer installations and less equipment. Low energy usage and reduced maintenance requirements also make total cost of ownership over the lifetime of the system significantly less than with conventional wideband antenna, while bringing effective, low-cost broadband to hundreds more users.

Richard Pak, Curvalux’s CEO, added: “Curvalux is able to transform the lives of families and businesses across the Philippines by improving their Internet connectivity and enabling them to become part of the world’s digitally based economy. There are so many other countries around the world facing similar issues, with millions of people living in remote areas without adequate telecoms infrastructure. These are often areas where those on lower incomes reside – the very people who cannot afford broadband connectivity via more traditional telecoms solutions.”

Curvalux is also working on similar ‘proof of concept’ projects around the world, including remote locations in Indonesia, Malaysia and Mongolia. Other trials are set to be launched over the forthcoming months in the UK, US, Canada, Nepal, South Africa, Brazil, India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru and Russia.

For more information about Curvalux visit: curvalux.com/

*           *           *

About Curvalux

Curvalux designs, manufactures and implements Fixed Wireless Broadband technology, offering solutions that are connecting the unconnected around the world. Curvalux delivers higher cell capacity, lower power consumption, and higher throughputs to consumers with its wireless broadband in both rural and urban areas thanks to its innovative systems and carrier-grade processes. The company has developed advanced multi-beam antenna systems both in the sub-6GHz as well as in the mmWave up to 30GHz. The products, solutions, and services provided by Curvalux will reduce carbon footprint, improve the telecommunications network performance, and reduce operators’ CAPEX and OPEX.   https://curvalux.com

*           *           *

For more information, please contact:
Cristina Sesma
Marketing Communications Specialist
Curvalux UK Ltd.
Email Address: [email protected]
https://www.linkedin.com/company/curvalux/

Calix University offers a personalized approach to learning based on specific job function, enabling professionals in the broadband industry to quickly up level their skills in multiple areas, including operations, marketing, engineering, and more

SAN JOSE, CA – August 26, 2021 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) has launched a new virtual university to make learning more accessible for broadband service providers (BSPs) with personalized educational content and an expanded list of courses and certifications. Calix is building on its Education Services expertise to combine the existing Calix Solutions Academy as well as the soon-to-launch Broadband Academy and Broadband Marketing Academy under a single digital campus. Calix Solutions Academy accelerates time to knowledge and proficiency on Calix premises, cloud, and access solutions—while the Broadband Academy will deliver a cross-persona curriculum that covers the five-step Calix process to building a successful broadband business: fund, design, build, operate, and market. To assist BSPs with the latter, the Broadband Marketing Academy will deliver best practices for simplifying and automating market processes, exciting subscribers, and growing return on marketing investments.

Students begin their journey at Calix University by logging in to an intuitive and personalized learning portal that provides access to the various Calix academies and communities. From there, students in the broadband industry can enjoy an engaging experience that is:

  • Personalized: Courses, catalogs, certifications, calendars, and learning plans are intelligently personalized and prioritized based on job role and persona—making it easier for students to find and complete the most appropriate courses and certifications to advance their careers and increase customer satisfaction.
  • Managed: Courses are easily started, stopped, and resumed—allowing students to comfortably learn at their own pace. To sharpen the focus on high value topics that matter most to the broadband industry, BSPs will have granular control of learning paths, courses, and certifications, as well as access to progress reports.
  • Fun: An optional gamified learning environment will add a fun and friendly competitive edge with badges and “Calix Champion Points” that mark training and certification milestones.

With a growing list of role-based and skill-focused academies within the university structure, Calix is significantly expanding its educational curriculum to better prepare critical roles and departments to succeed in the broadband industry which is growing rapidly thanks to government subsidies and private equity funding. Calix customers such as South Central Communications are already seeing real value in the personalized learning experience that Calix University provides.

“South Central Communications has always valued training very highly. It makes our employees feel valued, and in the end, it creates a better subscriber experience because we’re providing better service, higher quality, and less downtime,” said Kerry Alvey, chief operating officer at South Central Communications. “I really like how the new Calix University provides a step-by-step guide of the suggested training and a better experience for the learner. Calix Education Services continues to enable our customer support and help our field technician teams feel confident and better understand the services we’re delivering to subscribers.”

“In 2015, we founded Calix Academy to help broadband service providers learn the best practices, tools, and insight they need to deliver the ultimate subscriber experience,” said Martha Galley, senior vice president of customer engagement and services for Calix. “In 2021, we are expanding the value of our partnership with BSPs by opening the digital doors of the new Calix University to offer a persona-based experience that simply cannot be found anywhere else. Calix University—which represents a strategic investment in the continued evolution of our educational services—enables BSPs to accelerate their learning so they can launch new and innovative services, build high performance networks, and improve go-to-market effectiveness that will excite eager subscribers.”

To learn more, take a tour of the new Calix University.

Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) – Calix cloud and software platforms enable service providers of all types and sizes to innovate and transform. Our customers utilize the real-time data and insights from Calix platforms to simplify their businesses and deliver experiences that excite their subscribers. The resulting growth in subscriber acquisition, loyalty, and revenue creates more value for their businesses and communities. This is the Calix mission; to enable broadband service providers of all sizes to simplify, excite, and grow.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us as of the date of this release, and we assume no obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect any event or circumstance after the date of this release, except as required by law. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from current expectations based on risks and uncertainties affecting Calix’s business. The reader is cautioned not to rely on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Additional information on potential factors that could affect Calix’s results and other risks and uncertainties are detailed in its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and available at www.sec.gov.

Auto-negotiation, or negotiation speed, refers to a signaling mechanism that allows ethernet interfaces of two connected devices to determine the optimal speed and duplex mode of the connection. For instance, wired routers make use of these interfaces to communicate with devices on their local network. Auto-negotiation parameters can be set automatically by the devices themselves or manually, so it’s important to note how to optimize this for the best connections in your smart home. Read on to learn more!

When discussing auto-negotiation, there are some terms to keep in mind:

  1. Interface – this describes a physical port on a given network device, such as a router, a switch, server, or a hub, that is capable of transmitting data from one device to another
  2. Speed – It is usually displayed in megabits per second (Mbps), and it is the rate of each interface. Interfaces can have ethernet speed rates of 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, and 1000 Mbps, which is also known as Gigabit Ethernet.
  3. Duplex – Refers to how data is transmitted on the interface. Interfaces can be either half-duplex or full-duplex:
    • Half-duplex interfaces can only transmit or receive data at one time. For example, a hub (e.g. printer, speaker, etc) is always a half-duplex, since only one device can communicate with it at once. This is possibly why they are barely used anymore.
    • Full-duplex interfaces, on the other hand, can both transmit and receive data simultaneously. For example, a switch or telephone is a full-duplex interface that allows several devices on your network to communicate at once.

How Auto-Negotiation Works

Auto-negotiation is a protocol, specified in clause 28 of the IEEE 802.3. standard, that has a simple, albeit important objective: to establish the best mode of connection between devices. Here’s a brief rundown of what happens during the auto-negotiation process:

  • Each interface shares its parameters via Fast Link Pulses (FLP’s): duplex mode (full-duplex or half-duplex) and ethernet speed (10, 100, 1000 Mbps)
  • The interfaces select the highest transmission rate they can both support to achieve the highest performance:

Imagine interface A and interface B. Interface A has the capability of sustaining 10, 100, or 1000 Mbps speed at either half or full-duplex. Interface B, however, can only achieve 10 or 100 Mbps at either half or full-duplex. In this scenario, the best possible option is to transmit at 100 Mbps full-duplex. Naturally, the highest speed is preferred over the lowest, and full-duplex achieves better results than half-duplex.

Further Considerations

For auto-negotiation to occur, both interfaces must be configured to negotiate automatically. While this may come off as obvious, it’s actually one of the main reasons that problems occur when auto-negotiating.

When one of the interfaces is auto-negotiating and the other is not, that means that only one interface is sending FLPs that contain information regarding its capabilities. If this is the case, the other interface has already hard-set a speed rate and a duplex mode, making it impossible to negotiate with its link partner.

Because one of the interfaces has already set at which speed and duplex it will be operating, the device that is negotiating must determine itself what are the appropriate speed and duplex mode to connect to its link partner. At this point, the negotiating interface can determine at which speed its partner is communicating – 10, 100, or 1000 Mbps – because each of these ethernet speeds have different signaling methods. However, what the negotiating interface cannot decipher is its link partners’ duplex mode, which in many cases can lead to a mismatch.

What Should I Do If A Mismatch Occurs?

First things first – what causes a mismatch? Due to the odd human error, as explained above, failing to determine duplex mode is the main cause for mismatch between interfaces. Let’s see why.

For one, the interface that is already auto-negotiating is unable to know at which duplex mode its link partner is operating, since it is unable to negotiate due to being hard-set. In order to avoid a mismatch, the negotiating partner must use the same speed as the hard-set interface (which it can communicate), but in accordance with the 802.3. standard, it must connect at half-duplex – the default duplex for Ethernet. Most of the times this action will result in a duplex mismatch between interfaces.

In turn, because one of the interfaces can both send and receive simultaneously and the other is only able to either send or receive, the mismatch will generate collisions on the link connecting the two devices, particularly on the half-duplex side. In the end, a mismatch impacts overall performance, and can reduce throughput and increase the number of error counts on the affected interfaces.

The best way to avoid a mismatch is to make sure that the settings on both sides are set to auto-negotiate. Nonetheless, you could also configure the settings manually, but keep in mind that both interfaces would have to be configured the same way. If one interface is set at 100 Mbps, full-duplex, the interface it’s going to connect with must also be set at 100 Mbps, full-duplex.

Calix extends its 10G PON market leadership with new line cards and transport solutions, enabling broadband service providers to easily deploy and scale future-proof XGS-PON networks that deliver 100G, while slashing OPEX with the Calix Intelligent Access EDGE and Network Innovation Platform (AXOS®)

SAN JOSE, CA – August 25, 2021 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced new line card solutions, the E7-2 Intelligent Modular System XG801 and CE201, to simplify the deployment of software defined XGS-PON networks and accelerate the adoption of 100G transport, even in temperature hardened environments like cabinets. These line cards are the latest critical systems enhancements that expand the power of the Intelligent Access EDGE solution and leverage the Network Innovation Platform to seamlessly integrate new capabilities into broadband service provider (BSP) networks and deliver an Always On subscriber experience. The ability to seamlessly integrate the new line cards validates that the Intelligent Access EDGE is truly future proof and enables BSPs to meet ever-increasing bandwidth and capacity demands. In addition to delivering blazing fast speeds and supporting expanded use cases, the Intelligent Access EDGE solution and the Network Innovation Platform help BSPs slash operational costs by reducing back-office integrations from months to days—and cutting service provisioning times and turnups from hours to minutes. Over 180 BSPs around the world are building Calix-powered access networks with XGS-PON technology to deliver high-speed symmetrical 10G services to both residences and businesses.

For these broadband service providers, the access network, along with continued subscriber satisfaction, are critical long-term investments. This is why they are choosing the Intelligent Access EDGE, powered by the Network Innovation Platform, to significantly reduce deployment times and future-proof their networks. The two new AXOS E7-2 Intelligent Modular System line cards, the XG801 and the CE201, along with the latest 10G Outdoor GigaPoint ONT, the GP4200XH, enable BSPs to deliver 10 Gbps XGS-PON services, high-density aggregation, and 100G temperature hardened transport capabilities while simplifying the addition of more capacity and scale to their networks.

With the Network Innovation Platform and new line cards, broadband service providers can accomplish the following.

  • Reduce back-office system integration by as much as 83 percent: Simplify network operations by dramatically reducing the time to integrate OSS/BSS systems by capitalizing on consistent software operations regardless of the physical infrastructure layer. By leveraging a common integration model, integration timelines can be reduced from months to days.
  • Reduce time-to-provision and new services turnup by up to 87 percent: Automated network service provisioning delivers massive improvements in network operations efficiency by automating ONT service activations and moves—and dramatically reducing the time required to install and turn up new services from hours to minutes.
  • Embrace common operational workflows: Enable service providers to deploy the new line cards without impacting current operational workflows—including service turn-up and provisioning.
  • Leverage advanced thermal management: Latest Calix innovation available on both the XG801 and CE201 enables the use of widely available commercial temperature (C-Temp) 100G optics to be used in outside plant cabinets (i.e., industrial temperature applications), simplifying the addition of capacity throughout the access network.
  • Quickly and easily meet network capacity demands: Deliver L2 FTTH/FTTB residential and business 10 gigabit XGS-PON/GPON services, providing high density aggregation and 100G transport flexibility, as well as 10GE point-to-point. These services, used in combination with Automated Network Service Provisioning, eliminate the need to roll a truck for subscriber bandwidth upgrades.

With its Always On capability, Calix customers are leveraging the Network Innovation Platform to enjoy seamless and rapid implementation of access network software upgrades with zero downtime. For example, Jade Communications is growing its network and connecting more southern Colorado communities to fiber broadband—while maintaining network connectivity throughout the process. To further accelerate software upgrades, BSPs can also tap new Calix Network Software Upgrade Services, which can reduce update times by 25 percent or more, and cut upgrade costs by an additional 33 percent.

“Bandwidth-hungry applications such as streaming video and online gaming made it clear that our legacy GPON network was simply unable to keep up with subscriber demands,” said Frank Hansen, general manager at Mahaska Communications Group. “We realized that if we wanted to excite subscribers with fast speeds and a new generation of cloud-based applications, we would need to transition to a 10G XGS-PON network. With the Always On Calix Intelligent Access Edge and Automated Network Service Provisioning, powered by the Network Innovation Platform (AXOS), we will be able to rapidly upgrade our network to XGS-PON and turn up the new XG801 line card without any down time.”

“Broadband service providers need XGS-PON networks to support applications like HD and 4K content streaming, video surveillance services, and cloud-enabled interactive gaming,” said Michel Langlois, chief development officer at Calix. “The new line cards and optical solutions for the Intelligent Access EDGE, which is powered by the Network Innovation Platform (AXOS), radically simplifies the path to XGS-PON and 100G transport—ushering in unprecedented scale, capacity, and cost-per-bit economics. The new solutions and the Network Innovation Platform are already making it easier than ever for BSPs to build future proof 10G networks as shown by the number of service providers that installed the cards and instantly moved subscribers over.”

To learn more about best practices for implementing 10G PON/XGS-PON, watch our “10G Fiber Networks For the Future: Top Considerations From The Experts” webinar and “Accelerate Service Delivery With a Virtual Lab: AXOS Sandbox” webinar to learn how to dramatically improve time to market by up to 70 percent for new XGS-PON services.

About Calix
Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) – Calix cloud and software platforms enable service providers of all types and sizes to innovate and transform. Our customers utilize the real-time data and insights from Calix platforms to simplify their businesses and deliver experiences that excite their subscribers. The resulting growth in subscriber acquisition, loyalty, and revenue creates more value for their businesses and communities. This is the Calix mission; to enable broadband service providers of all sizes to simplify, excite, and grow.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us as of the date of this release, and we assume no obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect any event or circumstance after the date of this release, except as required by law. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from current expectations based on risks and uncertainties affecting Calix’s business. The reader is cautioned not to rely on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Additional information on potential factors that could affect Calix’s results and other risks and uncertainties are detailed in its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and available at www.sec.gov.

onsemi to Acquire GT Advanced Technologies

Transaction accelerates onsemi’s mission to push innovation to create intelligent power and sensing technologies and build a sustainable future
Expands onsemi’s silicon carbide capabilities & assures customer supply to meet the rapid ramp-up of the sustainable ecosystem, including electric vehicles (EVs), EV charging and energy infrastructure
Reinforces onsemi’s commitment to make substantial investments in disruptive, high-growth technologies
PHOENIX, AZ and HUDSON, NH – August 25, 2021 – onsemi (Nasdaq: ON), a leading supplier of intelligent power and sensing technologies, and GT Advanced Technologies (“GTAT”), a producer of silicon carbide (SiC), today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which onsemi will acquire GTAT for $415 million in cash.

Founded in 1994, GTAT has significant experience in crystalline growth, including SiC. SiC is a key material for next-generation semiconductors that provide technical benefits in SiC power switching devices, significantly improving system efficiency in electric vehicles (EVs), EV charging and energy infrastructure.

The transaction is expected to better position onsemi to secure and grow supply of SiC and meet rapidly growing customer demand for SiC-based solutions in the sustainable ecosystem, including EVs, EV charging and energy infrastructure. Combining onsemi’s manufacturing capabilities with GTAT’s technical expertise will accelerate SiC development and position onsemi to better serve customers as the sustainable ecosystem rapidly ramps up over the next decade. This enhanced SiC capability will allow onsemi to assure customers of supply of critical components and to further commercialize intelligent power technologies.

“This transaction reflects our confidence and stated commitment to meaningfully invest in silicon carbide solutions to support the creation of intelligent power and sensing technologies to help build a sustainable future,” said Hassane El-Khoury, president and chief executive officer of onsemi. “We are focused on deepening our leadership and innovation in game-changing technologies that support the automotive and industrial sectors, and GTAT brings outstanding technical capabilities and expertise in developing wafering-ready silicon carbide, which we intend to accelerate and expand to better empower customers in our high-growth end markets. We look forward to welcoming GTAT’s talented employees to the onsemi team and driving innovation together.”

“Today’s announcement marks the start of a new chapter for GTAT and is a testament to the value created by the hard work and strength of our team,” said Greg Knight, president and chief executive officer of GTAT. “onsemi is strategically positioned to scale our capabilities, providing the resources and platform to maximize the potential of our cutting-edge production techniques and ensure we remain on the forefront of advanced crystalline growth.”

The acquisition also reinforces onsemi’s commitment to make substantial investments in disruptive, high-growth technologies, consistent with the company’s recently announced 2025 target financial model described during its Analyst Day presentation. As onsemi previously stated, capital expenditures are expected to be approximately 12% of revenue in 2022 and 2023, as onsemi invests to drive differentiation and leadership, including in SiC. The transaction is not expected to impact the company’s 2025 target financial model.

onsemi plans to invest in expanding GTAT’s research and development efforts to advance 150mm and 200mm SiC crystal growth technology, while also investing in the broader SiC supply chain, including Fab capacity and packaging.

The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of onsemi and GTAT, is expected to close in the first half of 2022. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Approval of onsemi’s stockholders is not required in connection with the proposed transaction.

onsemi intends to fund the transaction through cash on hand and available capacity under its existing revolving credit facility. The company expects the transaction to be marginally dilutive to its non-GAAP earnings per share in the immediate term and to be accretive within one year after close.

About GT Advanced Technologies Inc.

GT Advanced Technologies Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiaries including GTAT Corporation, is headquartered in Hudson, N.H. USA and manufactures SiC and sapphire materials for high-growth markets. SiC materials are fundamental to the accelerated adoption of a new generation of products such as electric vehicles, high-power industrial motors, and telecom infrastructure applications. Sapphire materials are fundamental in advanced optical, mechanical and laser applications, as well as in aerospace/defense systems. GTAT is a valued supply chain partner in the diverse markets that it serves. For more information about the company, please visit www.gtat.com.

Calix Operations Cloud combines machine learning, automation, and predictive insights in a single cloud solution for broadband operations teams, enabling BSPs to grow their value by proactively managing the entire subscriber facing network to deliver the ultimate subscriber experien

SAN JOSE, CA – August 24, 2021 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) has launched Calix Operations Cloud to enable broadband service providers (BSPs) to simplify their operations by seamlessly managing and delivering the ultimate subscriber experience. Calix Operations Cloud leverages machine learning and actionable insights to automate workflows, reduce truck rolls, lower support costs, and increase subscriber satisfaction. The solution offers an end-to-end view of network health by providing visibility into the critical systems and operations in the access network as well as the subscriber experience inside the premises. With Calix Operations Cloud, BSP operations teams now have complete visibility across the entire subscriber base and the ability to understand the entire experience across important subscriber characteristics including service tier, geography, network topology and more. Calix Operations Cloud will also address the entire Intelligent Access EDGE portfolio (powered by the Network Innovation Platform (AXOS®), the entire Revenue EDGE portfolio (powered by the Experience Innovation Platform (EXOS) as well as EXA access systems, GigaCenters, and third-party customer premises equipment (CPE). Calix Operations Cloud is also designed for simple integration with industry leading operations support and billing support systems. By providing an end-to-end view, Calix Operations Cloud will significantly increase operational agility for BSPs, enabling them to dramatically slash OPEX by proactively identifying potential issues and solving them before they occur.

Broadband service providers can build on valuable customer support insights gleaned from Calix Support Cloud to rapidly incorporate analytics into their broader operational processes with:

  • Network Performance and Subscriber Experience Insights—Actionable insights provide a holistic, 360-degree view of the access network and subscriber premises health status. This enables BSPs to reduce truck rolls and minimize service calls by proactively—and remotely—preventing slowdowns and service interruptions. With Calix Operations Cloud, BSP personnel can effectively track and analyze usage trends, quickly identify high-bit error rates, and highlight security issues, such as DDoS attacks.
  • Proactive and Predictive Maintenance—Advanced machine learning algorithms generate and prioritize maintenance recommendations based on analysis of past network behavior. This proactive approach helps BSPs reduce support calls and truck rolls by replacing red-flagged infrastructure before equipment failure occurs.
  • Automated Network and Subscriber Operations Workflows—Tedious workflows and processes are automated, increasing operational efficiencies and effectively eliminating the need for human intervention. Examples include end-to-end subscriber provisioning (turnups), system lifecycle management, and bulk workflow automation such as extending NetOps to the access network.

To accelerate the implementation, integration, and amazing ROI potential of Calix Operations Cloud, Calix has introduced Premier Success for Operations, a service that enables BSPs to achieve a faster return on Cloud investments, improve operational workflow integration, and continuously meet business objectives such as lowering OPEX and CAPEX.

“Historically, there wasn’t a single application on the market that spanned visibility into our end-to-end operations, so we pieced together an application to help our teams manage our broadband operations,” said Nick Colton, director of technical support, ALLO Communications. “With Calix Operations Cloud now available, we’ll be able to more effectively streamline our operations, reduce customer service calls, and minimize truck rolls. It also gives our network engineering teams detailed visibility into the access network we haven’t always had. We also have improved visibility into the alarms that we receive across our ever-expanding access network. Calix Operations Cloud ultimately will help us automate multiple tasks and accelerate subscriber turnups, allowing us to focus on growing the value of our community by rapidly rolling out new services at higher speeds. This is crucial as ALLO rapidly expands into new markets.”

“Complete visibility into the entire subscriber experience is a game-changer for our customers and an exciting step forward on the Calix all-platform journey,” said Shane Eleniak, senior vice president Revenue EDGE products for Calix. “Once again Calix is breaking new ground in the broadband industry by introducing innovative cloud applications and software solutions that help BSPs of all sizes compete, win, and grow value for themselves and their communities. By providing an end-to-end, 360-degree view of the access network and subscriber health, the actionable insights delivered by Calix Operations Cloud are leveraged to identify usage trends, quickly spot high-bit error rates, and flag security issues. Increased operational agility and automation means BSPs can shift their focus to adding subscribers and quickly turning up new services to support bandwidth-hungry applications like streaming video content, video surveillance services, and cloud-enabled interactive gaming.”

To learn more, you can view our Calix Operations Cloud product page.

About Calix
Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) – Calix cloud and software platforms enable service providers of all types and sizes to innovate and transform. Our customers utilize the real-time data and insights from Calix platforms to simplify their businesses and deliver experiences that excite their subscribers. The resulting growth in subscriber acquisition, loyalty, and revenue creates more value for their businesses and communities. This is the Calix mission; to enable broadband service providers of all sizes to simplify, excite, and grow.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us as of the date of this release, and we assume no obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect any event or circumstance after the date of this release, except as required by law. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from current expectations based on risks and uncertainties affecting Calix’s business. The reader is cautioned not to rely on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Additional information on potential factors that could affect Calix’s results and other risks and uncertainties are detailed in its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and available at www.sec.gov.