Calix has announced that Paul Bunyan Telephone Cooperative is the first provider to deploy its new 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs).

By leveraging the 700GE ONT family, currently composed of six ONT models designed with two or four gigabit Ethernet ports delivering 1 Gbps symmetrical bandwidth, Paul Bunyan Telephone stands ready to meet the emerging demands of advanced residential and business services – from IPTV to Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) E-Line and E-LAN services.

Each ONT is capable of auto-detecting both GPON and Active/Point-to-Point Ethernet technologies and each gigabit Ethernet port is capable of supporting multiple services and multiple virtual local area networks (VLANs).

“With broadband coverage across 100 percent of our customers, our challenge has moved beyond basic connectivity to optimally meeting consumer and business service requirements,” said Rob St. Clair, plant manager at Paul Bunyan Telephone in Bemidji, Minnesota. "For the portion of our network that is currently fiber access or rapidly transitioning to fiber, the 700GE ONTs, coupled with the 10 Gbps transport functionality of the Calix C7 and E7 platforms, provide us with the flexibility and operational simplicity we need.”

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