LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - October 18, 2016) - Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX), the world leader in subscriber driven access, today announced that it will partner with innovative Armenian communications service provider Ucom to bring the benefits of NG-PON2 across the country to deliver an unmatched broadband experience to its wireline and mobile subscribers. With initial trials of Calix AXOS NG-PON2 systems scheduled for early 2017, Ucom will leverage the power of the combined world-class Calix suite of AXOS, Compass cloud services, and the next generation of PON technology to roll out new 10 Gbps (10 gigabits per second) business and mobile backhaul services, as well as to converge their residential and business networks, into one for simplified business operations.
A long term partnership between Ucom, the first service provider to introduce fiber to the home (FTTH) services in Armenia, and Calix has resulted in a transformation of the Armenian telecommunications landscape. Ucom offers advanced voice, video, and data services to residential subscribers, while continuously expanding their commercial and mobile portfolio. Last year, Ucom acquired Orange Armenia, accelerating the finalization of the fastest 4G+/ LTE Advanced network in the country and the first delivery of quad-play services in the country.
"Calix has been instrumental in the development of our FTTH network, which we believe to be the most extensive and advanced in Armenia," said Aleksander Yesayan, business development director and deputy CEO at Ucom. "As a leader in the fiber access, we are confident that Calix will be a valuable partner in our transition to NG-PON2 and AXOS E-Series technology. Our vision has always been to become Armenia's most advanced service provider, blazing the trail in both technology and services and NG-PON2 is the perfect vehicle to extend fiber services for businesses and connect our own mobile cell sites. The Calix partnership enables Ucom to take this vision to the next level, once again transforming the broadband landscape in our country."
Ucom's leader will be sharing more information about his company's plans for NG-PON2 during a panel discussion titled "NG-PON2: The Future is Here Today," moderated by Julie Kunstler, principal consultant at Ovum, along with representatives from AT&T, Verizon, and Vodafone Group, tomorrow at 9 am GMT in the Service Monetization Track Room at the Broadband World Forum, at the ExCeL Convention Centre in London.
"As a market leader in deploying world-class NG-PON2 services via the combined Calix suite of AXOS, Compass cloud services, and E-Series systems in Armenia, Ucom will continue to differentiate itself in the market and stay ahead of all other service providers in the country," said Joseph Haddad, area vice president, international markets at Calix. "NG-PON2 will be truly transformative for service providers like Ucom, who are looking to reap the benefits of a converged services network to combine mobile, business, and residential services onto one network, and for countries like Armenia, whose citizens are craving advanced broadband services. We are very proud to have been partnering with Ucom on their fiber network transformation journey for many years and we look forward to the company's continued success as it leverages NG-PON2 to take its network and services to the next level."
Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) pioneered Software Defined Access (SDA) and is a global leader in platform innovations for Access Networks. Its portfolio of access systems and services combines AXOS, the revolutionary platform for access, with Compass cloud, an innovative SDA-based framework for network data analytics and subscriber experience assurance. Together, they enable communications service providers to transform their businesses and be the winning service providers of tomorrow. For more information, visit the Calix website at www.calix.com.
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Since entering the Armenian telecom market in 2009, Ucom has provided Armenian customers with high-quality services, using the most advanced technology.
The key objective has always been to ensure accessibility of the latest innovative solutions of the field to our customers. The company was the first to introduce the FTTH (Fiber to the Home) solution to the Armenian consumer, which ensures provision of high-quality IPTV, broadband internet and digital phone services.
Recognizing the potential of the Armenian telecommunication market, Ucom was able to not only achieve a stable position in the Armenian broadband internet market in a short period of time, but has also become the largest wholesale operator in Armenia, thanks to own fiber-optic link connecting Armenia and Georgia. This enabled the company to provide transit internet services to Near East countries, thus ensuring the importance of Armenian telecommunication market in the region.
Catching up with the trends of global telecommunication market, in 2013 the company received a license for provision of public mobile broadband internet services, and in 2015 acquired 100% shares of Orange Armenia, thus expanding its operation to the Armenian mobile market. This expansion prepared basis for implementation of the fastest 4G+ network in Armenia, which meets the best international standards, as well as replenished the company's convergent services, with "4 in 1" package, providing customers with the access to a full range of IPTV, fixed and mobile voice and internet services.
Ucom has IP/MPLS/DWDM network in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Sofia, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Moscow, Iran and Iraq. More than 70% of the company's entire traffic derives from directly connected peers, thus enabling better connection for end users.
Apart from bringing new technology and innovation to the country, Ucom has as well been active in Corporate Social Responsibility domain, implementing a number of development projects, in particular aimed at supporting education and children development. Opening computer and engineering laboratories in schools all around the country, the company contributes to the development of ICT field in Armenia. The company supports as well the vulnerable social groups, continuing to implement "Let's keep children home" SMS charity project, in the frame of which families are provided with means to ensure stable income and bring home their children from state caring institutions, as well as "Light to Armenian eyes" program, which provides free of charge quality ophthalmological service to inhabitants of regions.