Profile: Calix Inc (CALX.N)
9 Dec 2013
Calix, Inc. (Calix), incorporated in August 1999, is a provider in North America 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 its two core platforms, which are the C-Series multiservice, multiprotocol access platform (C-Series platform), and the E-Series Ethernet service access platforms and nodes (E-Series platforms and nodes), along with Calix’s complementary P-Series optical network terminals (ONTs) and Calix Management System (CMS) network management software. On February 22, 2011, Calix completed its acquisition of Occam Networks, Inc. In November 2012, the Company completed acquisition of Ericsson's fiber access assets and the implementation of a Global Reseller Agreement between the two companies.
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 advanced 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 their 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. As of December 31, 2010, Calix had shipped over eight million ports of its Unified Access portfolio to more than 600 North American and international customers, whose networks serve over 40 million subscriber lines in total. In addition, Calix has over 275 commercial video customers and has enabled over 475 customers to deploy gigabit passive optical network (GPON), Active Ethernet and point-to-point Ethernet fiber access networks.
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 advanced 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 advanced IP-based services offered by CSPs. Its E-Series platforms and nodes are designed to be carrier-class and enable CSPs to implement advanced 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 ONTs 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, 2010, 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 Management System
Calix’s CMS is server-based network management software, which enables CSPs to manage their access networks and scale bandwidth capacity to support broadband services and video. Its CMS is capable of overseeing and managing multiple standalone networks and performs all provisioning, maintenance and troubleshooting operations for these networks across the entire product portfolio. In addition, the Company’s CMS is designed to scale from small networks to large, geographically dispersed networks consisting of hundreds or even thousands of its access systems. CMS provides a graphic user interface and delivers a view and interactive control of various management functions, such as access control lists, alarm reporting and security.
For very large CSPs, the Company’s CMS can be used in conjunction with operational support systems to manage large, global networks. For smaller CSPs, its CMS operates as a standalone element management system, managing service provisioning and network troubleshooting for hundreds of independent C-Series and E-Series networks consisting of thousands of shelves and P-Series ONTs. Calix offers CSPs graphical user interface-based management software for provisioning and troubleshooting a service, and the capacity for bulk provisioning and reporting for thousands of elements simultaneously. Its CMS also has open application programming interfaces, which allows third-party software developers to extend its functionality to include home provisioning, remote troubleshooting and applications monitoring and management.
The Company competes with Alcatel-Lucent S.A., ADTRAN, Inc., LM Ericsson Telephone Company, Motorola, Inc., Tellabs, Inc., Enablence Technologies Inc., Zhone Technologies, Inc., and Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
1035 N. McDowell Blvd.
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