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Covage Selects Calix E7-2 for France’s Ultra High Speed Broadband Initiative

by david.nunes

Covage Selects Calix E7-2 for France’s Ultra High Speed Broadband Initiative

GPON fibre access solutions from Calix bring world-class broadband services to four major projects

AMSTERDAM – October 22, 2013Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX)  announced today that its  E7-2 modular Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) has been selected by infrastructure provider and Calix Channel Partner Covage for its fibre access deployments as part of the French government initiative for Ultra High Speed Broadband (THD – Très Haut Débit). Covage will leverage GPON technology across the E7-2 and both Calix P-Series and T-Series service gateways at the premises to provide advanced broadband services capable of speeds up to one gigabit per second (Gbps) at regional projects throughout France.

The THD broadband initiative is charged with delivering very high speed broadband services throughout France within the next 10 years. Covage has been entrusted with 19 THD projects, and is working with local authorities to prepare the digital development of their regions. To support the delivery of these projects, Covage has selected the E7-2 for its small form factor and modularity that is optimal for advanced broadband service delivery to both mid- and low-density communities.

Four French regions are already benefitting from the ability of the E7-2 to deliver a wide range of advanced services over open access fibre networks with broadband speeds from 100 megabits per second (Mbps) up to 1 Gbps. The E7-2 has been tested to allow the delivery of multiple services simultaneously to a single end user across open access networks, allowing advanced services such as video surveillance or telemedicine to complement triple play services from different operators.

The relationship agreement between Calix and Covage follows the successful completion of conformance testing of Calix GPON solutions in the Covage laboratories. Covage is a wholesale network infrastructure provider that specializes in the design, construction, technical operation, and marketing of high speed broadband networks. The company is building a number of networks on behalf of regions and cities throughout France, with a focus on regional FTTH deployments and sells the capacity on these networks to many global and regional Internet service providers (ISPs).

“The solution has been developed to allow for automation and standardization in order to meet the performance expectations of our operator customers, especially in terms of transparency, time-to-delivery and availability,” says Norbert Blanchard, Director of Operations at Covage.”Calix has given us the right equipment at the right time with the flexibility to build our networks and pursue new opportunities.”

“Covage has recognized the changing nature of the broadband landscape,” says Andy Lockhart, senior vice president of international sales and marketing at Calix. “With the modularity, flexibility, and high performance capabilities of the E7-2 ESAP and the P- and T-Series premises solutions, Calix provides Covage with the agility to respond to a wide range of project requirements and opportunities in France today and to grow its network in line with the growth in demand for new services tomorrow.”

About Covage

Covage is an infrastructure operator, specializing in the design, construction, technical operation and marketing of high speed broadband networks. As a partner to local authorities for the Public Network  Initiative (RIP), Covage now operates 19 networks for utilities, businesses and individuals in two provinces (departments) and 15 local authorities and a network of highways and fiber submarine cable. Covage also deployed its own national transmission network. More than one hundred service providers and local, national and international operators use these networks. Covage offers a wide range of services to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and operators of electronic communications services: guaranteed and symmetrical bandwidth, dark fiber rental and hosting. Established in 2006, Covage is equally owned by Axia NetMedia Corporation, Canadian operator of next generation networks, and Cube Infrastructure Fund, an investment fund managed by Natixis (Groupe Banque Populaire Caisse d’Epargne), specializing in infrastructure and utilities.


About Calix

Calix (NYSE: CALX) is a global leader in access innovation. Its Unified Access portfolio of broadband communications access systems and software enables communications service providers worldwide to transform their networks and become the broadband provider of choice to their subscribers. For more information, visit the Calix website at www.calix.com.

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