Profile: Calix Inc (CALX.N)
29 Mar 2017
Calix, Inc., 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 transform their networks and 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 advanced broadband services, over legacy and next-generation access networks. The Company develops and sells carrier-class hardware and software products, which it refers to as the Unified Access portfolio that is designed to enhance and transform CSP access networks to meet the demands of subscribers.
The Company's Unified Access portfolio consists of four core systems and nodes, the E-Series access systems and nodes (E-Series systems and nodes), the B6 access nodes (B-Series nodes), the C7 multiservice, multiprotocol access system (C-Series system), and the BLM1500 gigabit passive optical network (GPON) access terminal. These systems, nodes, and terminals are complemented by the P-Series and T-Series optical network terminals (ONTs), and residential gateways (RGs), the GigaFamily of GigaCenters, GigaHubs, and GigaPoints, the Calix Management System (CMS), EntriView element management software, OpenLink Cable software and Compass suite of value-added software applications. The Company's portfolio serves the CSP network from the central office or data center to the subscriber premises and enables CSPs to deliver voice, high-speed data and a broadband experience over legacy and next-generation access networks. The Unified Access portfolio allows CSPs to evolve their networks and service delivery capabilities at a pace that balances their financial, competitive and technology needs.
The Company's CMS and EntriView element management systems are server-based network management software systems, which enable CSPs to manage their access networks and scale bandwidth capacity to support advanced broadband services and video. These 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 the Company's E-Series, B-Series and C-Series systems and nodes (CMS) and BLM1500 terminals (EntriView). The Company's CMS provides a graphical user interface and delivers a detailed view and interactive control of various management functions, such as access control lists, alarm reporting and security. For very large CSPs, these CMS and EntriView systems can be used in conjunction with operational support systems. For smaller CSPs, the Company's CMS operates as a standalone element management system, managing service provisioning and network troubleshooting for hundreds of independent E-Series and C-Series networks consisting of thousands of shelves and P-Series ONTs and GigaFamily solutions. It offers CSPs a graphical user interface-based management system for provisioning and troubleshooting service, and the capacity for bulk provisioning and reporting for thousands of elements.
E-Series systems and nodes
The Company's E-Series systems and nodes consist of chassis-based systems, as well as fixed form factor nodes that are designed to support advanced Internet protocol (IP)-based services offered by CSPs. The Company's E-Series systems 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. These E-Series systems and nodes can be deployed in network locations, including data centers, central offices, remote terminals, video head-ends and co-location facilities. The E-Series systems and nodes are managed using the Company's CMS and can be deployed in conjunction with its B-Series nodes, C-Series system, BLM1500 terminal, T-Series and P-Series. The Company's E7 has over two form factors. Its E7-2 is a one rack unit chassis with approximately two line card slots, whereas the E7-20 is a 13 rack unit chassis with over two common control card slots and 20 service line card slots. Its E7s deliver Ethernet services over copper and fiber, including GPON, point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet, very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line 2 (VDSL2) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet services. Its other E-Series nodes include the fixed form factor E5-48, E5-48C, E5-216F, E5-300 and E5-500 node families, as well as the E3-12C, E3-48, E3-48C, E3-8G and E3-16F sealed Ethernet service access nodes, which collectively deliver high-speed broadband with interfaces that range from 10 Gigabit Ethernet transport and aggregation to VDSL2, asymmetrical digital subscriber line 2+ (ADSL2+), and point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet, as well as Carrier Ethernet 2.0 business services.
GigaFamily, P-Series Optical Network Terminals and Residential Gateways
The Company's GigaFamily, P-Series ONTs, and residential gateways consist of customer premises solutions, including standards-based GigaCenters, GigaHubs, GigaPoints, ONTs, and residential gateways for residential and business use in conjunction with its E-Series, B-Series and C-Series systems and nodes and BLM1500 terminals. The Company's portfolio of ONTs, residential gateways, and GigaFamily centers, hubs and points is designed to support advanced broadband services, such as Internet protocol television (IPTV), radio frequency (RF) video, business services and mobile backhaul (including Ethernet OAM support for conformance with service level agreements). Its P-Series ONTs and residential gateways can auto-detect the bandwidth of the network and enable CSPs to change line rates and features without expensive truck rolls or hardware replacements.
The Company's B-Series access nodes consist of chassis-based nodes that are designed to support advanced IP-based services offered by CSPs. Its B-Series 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. Its B-Series nodes can be deployed in network locations, including data centers, central offices, remote terminals, video head-ends and co-location facilities. Its B-Series nodes are managed using the Company's CMS and can be deployed in conjunction with its E-Series and C-Series systems, as well as its P-Series ONTs. The Company's B6 has over three form factors. Its B6-001 is a one rack unit chassis with approximately one line card slot, whereas the B6-006 is a seven-rack unit chassis with over six line card slots and the B6-012 is a 12 rack unit chassis with over 20 service line card slots. Its B6s delivers Ethernet services over fiber, including a range of GPON, point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet services.
The Company's C-Series system is designed to support basic voice and data services offered by CSPs, while also supporting advanced, high-speed, packet-based services, such as Gigabit Ethernet, GPON and digital subscriber line (DSL), including VDSL2, ADSL2+ and advanced applications, such as IPTV. The Company's C-Series system is a chassis-based product with approximately 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 the Company offers. Its C-Series system is managed using the Company's CMS. The C-Series system is designed to be deployed in locations, including data centers, central offices, remote terminals, video head-ends and co-location facilities. The multiprotocol and integrated transport capabilities of the C-Series system allow it to be deployed as an aggregation or gateway device for the Company's E-Series and B-Series systems and nodes, and P-Series ONTs.
BLM1500 Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) Access Terminal
The Company's BLM1500 GPON access terminals are chassis-based systems that are designed to support advanced IP-based services offered by CSPs. The Company's BLM1500 terminals are designed to be carrier-class and enable CSPs to implement advanced services, such as voice, data and video services over fiber-based network architectures. These BLM1500 terminals are deployed in data centers and central offices and are managed using the Company's EntriView element management system. Its T-Series ONTs and residential gateways are deployed with the BLM1500 terminals. The Company's BLM1500 is a 17 rack unit chassis with approximately two common control card slots and over 20 service line card slots. The BLM1500s deliver GPON-based Ethernet services over fiber.
T-Series Optical Network Terminals and Home Gateways
The Company's T-Series ONTs consist of customer premises solutions, including standards-based ONTs and home gateways, for residential and business use with its BLM1500 terminals and E7 systems. The Company's T-Series ONTs and home gateways are designed to support advanced broadband services, such as IPTV, high speed data and voice services.
The Company competes with ADTRAN, Inc., Nokia Corporation, Arris Group, Inc., Ciena Corporation, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Zhone Technologies, Inc. and ZTE Corporation.
1035 N Mcdowell Blvd
PETALUMA CA 94954-1173