The 716GE-I is the first indoor ONT in the industry that supports both GPON and AE in the same home unit. This is an extremely important feature for service providers when considering indoor ONTs, since any future technology change would require the service provider to gain access to the inside of the home versus facilitated access when an ONT is located outside. With this auto-detect feature, a service provider changing its service offering in the future from GPON to AE would require no dispatches or truck rolls – a significant OPEX savings.
The 700GE-I ONTs are designed for the industry-leading Calix C-Series, E-Series and B-Series OLT platforms. The 700GE-I ONTs terminate a GPON or AE fiber link at the subscriber's location and provides industry-standard interfaces for the customer premises equipment. The ONTs enable subscribers to receive broadband data, IP or RF video, and VOIP or TDM gateway voice on a single fiber. At the ONTs, the optical signal is converted to the appropriate electrical signals for transmission over the residence’s existing twisted pair, coaxial, and CAT5 cables.
The 700GE-I ONTs are easy to install, activate, and maintain. Featuring innovative software management tools, the ONTs can be configured, activated and upgraded quickly from a remote location. Extensive troubleshooting capabilities, remote software downloads, and easy-to-use service profile menus ensure that services are delivered and ONTs are maintained without needless truck rolls and hardware upgrades. Employing a 700GE-I ONT allows service providers to install the ONT once and support network upgrades with a simple, remote software download.
Smart Activate is one example of an innovative software tool from Calix. Smart Activate simplifies installation and turn-up by using a laptop or phone to configure and activate the ONT at the premises. The craftsperson can install and turn up an ONT without assistance from the central office or use of special equipment.
Calix also expands the reach of GPON beyond the traditional 20 km boundary. Extended reach GPON supports links between the ONT and OLT of up to 40 km. This additional coverage allows service providers to edge-out their GPON networks and economically serve sparsely populated outlying locales without adding remote cabinets.
ONT power options include a simple 120-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz to 15 VDC converter or a 120-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz AC to 12 VDC uninterruptible power supply (UPS) that provides battery backup of lifeline POTS in the event of local AC power loss. As with all Calix ONTs, battery status, charge and battery life are monitored and reported through the Calix Management System (CMS).