Profile: Calix Inc (CALX.K)

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Calix, Inc. (Calix), incorporated on August 17, 1999, is a provider of broadband communications access systems and software for fiber- and copper-based network architectures that enable communications service providers (CSPs) to connect to their residential and business subscribers. The Company enables CSPs to provide a range of revenue-generating services, from basic voice and data to broadband services, over legacy and access networks. Calix focuses solely on CSP access networks, the portion of the network, which governs available bandwidth and determines the services that can be offered to subscribers. The Company develops and sells carrier-class hardware and software products, which it refers to as its Unified Access Infrastructure portfolio. The Company’s Unified Access Infrastructure portfolio consists of four core platforms and/or nodes, the B6 Ethernet service access nodes (B-Series nodes), the C7 multiservice, multiprotocol access platform (C-Series platform), the E-Series Ethernet service access platforms and nodes (E-Series platforms and nodes) and the BLM1500 gigabit passive optical network (GPON) access terminal.

The Company’s portfolio serves the CSP network from the central office to the subscriber premises and enables CSPs to deliver both basic voice and data and broadband services over access networks. These packet-based platforms enable CSPs to introduce new revenue-generating services, while minimizing the capital and operational costs of CSP networks. The Unified Access portfolio allows CSPs to evolve the networks and service delivery capabilities. Calix markets its access systems and software to CSPs in North America, the Caribbean and Latin America through its direct sales force.

Calix C-Series Multiservice, Multiprotocol Access Platform

The Company’s C-Series platform is designed to support an array of basic voice and data services offered by CSPs, while also supporting packet-based services, such as Gigabit Ethernet, gigabit passive optical network (GPON); digital subscriber line (DSL), including very high-speed digital subscriber line 2 (VDSL2) and asymmetrical digital subscriber line 2+ (ADSL2+), and applications like Internet protocol television (IPTV). In so doing, Calix’s C-Series platform facilitates network transformation by integrating the functions required to transport and deliver voice, data and video services over both copper and fiber-based network architectures. The Company’s C-Series platform is a chassis-based product with 23 line card slots, three of which are used for common logic, switching fabric and uplinks, with the remaining 20 slots available for any service interface card it offers. The Company’s C-Series platform is managed using its CMS. Calix’s C-Series platform is designed to be deployed in a variety of locations, including central offices, remote terminals, video headends and co-location facilities.

Calix E-Series Ethernet Service Access Platforms and Nodes

The Company’s E-Series platforms and nodes consist of chassis-based platforms, as well as fixed form factor nodes that are designed to support an array of IP-based services offered by CSPs. Its E-Series platforms and nodes are designed to be carrier-class and enable CSPs to implement Ethernet transport and aggregation, as well as voice, data and video services over both fiber- and copper-based network architectures. Calix’s E-Series platforms and nodes can be deployed in a variety of network locations, including central offices, remote terminals, video headends and co-location facilities. In addition, due to the small size of many of its E-Series platforms can be installed in confined locations, such as remote nodes and multi-dwelling units (MDUs). Its E-Series platforms and nodes are managed using its CMS and can be deployed in conjunction with its C-Series platform and P-Series ONTs.

Calix’s E7 has two form factors. Its E7-2 is a one rack unit chassis with two line card slots, whereas the E7-20 is a 13 rack unit chassis with two common control card slots and 20 service line card slots. Its E7s deliver Ethernet services over fiber, including a range of GPON, point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet, Active Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Company’s other E-Series nodes include the fixed form factor E5-100 and E5-400 node families, as well as the E3-12C and E3-48 sealed Ethernet service access nodes, which collectively deliver high-speed broadband with interfaces that range from 10 Gigabit Ethernet transport and aggregation to ADSL2+, VDSL2 and point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet and Active Ethernet.

Calix P-Series Optical Network Terminals

The Company’s P-Series optical network terminals (ONT) consist of a range of customer premises solutions, including standards-based ONTs, for residential and business use. The P-Series ONTs can auto-detect the bandwidth of the network and enable CSPs to change line rates and features. Calix’s family of ONTs are designed to support broadband services, such as IPTV, radio frequency (RF) video, business services and mobile backhaul. During the year ended December 31, 2013, Calix offered 30 ONT models available in a variety of form factors tailored to multiple deployment scenarios, including single homes, MDUs, businesses and cellular towers.

Calix T-Series Optical Network Terminals and Residential Gateways

The Company’s T-Series ONTs consists of a range of customer premises solutions, including standards-based ONTs and residential gateways, for residential and business use with its BLM1500 terminals and E7 ESAPs. The Company’s T-Series ONTs and residential gateways are designed to support broadband services, such as IP (Internet protocol) television, high speed data and voice services.

Calix Management System and EntriView

Calix’s calix management system (CMS) and EntriView element management systems are server-based network management software, which enables CSPs to remotely manage the access networks and scale bandwidth capacity to support broadband services and video. The Company’s CMS and EntriView systems are capable of overseeing and managing multiple standalone networks and perform all provisioning, maintenance and troubleshooting operations for these networks across its B-Series, C-Series, and E-Series platforms and nodes (CMS) and BLM1500 terminals (EntriView).The Company’s CMS and EntriView systems are designed to scale from small networks to large, geographically dispersed networks consisting of hundreds or even thousands of its access systems. The Company’s CMS provides a graphic user interface and delivers a detailed view and interactive control of various management functions, such as access control lists, alarm reporting and security.


Compass is a suite of software applications that enables CSPs to accelerate their business transformation. Each Compass application is designed to directly affect key business and market functions within CSPs, and can help them to expand revenue, increase customer satisfaction, optimize network resources, and reduce the cost of delivering services. Compass applications are offered using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.

The Company competes with ADTRAN, Inc., ILECs, Alcatel-Lucent S.A., Ciena Corporation, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Tellabs, Inc. and ZTE Corporation.

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Calix Inc

1035 N Mcdowell Blvd
PETALUMA   CA   94954-1173
P: +1707.7663000
F: +1707.2833100

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