Ecuadorian fixed broadband and telephony provider PuntoNet has selected multi-service access solutions from US-based Calix to support a network transformation to gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology in the capital city Quito and other areas. Currently only a small fraction of PuntoNet’s subscribers are connected directly by fibre, and the company aims to expand fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) coverage with the goal of near-doubling its number of residential subscribers over the next few years through the introduction of multi-play IPTV, telephony and internet services, alongside business services expansion. Initially offering residential fibre broadband services via an Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) technology, PuntoNet decided to move to GPON technology, which it considered to be more manageable and reliable, and following successful completion of a testing phase, the operator has moved forward with its first commercial GPON deployment targeting 2,000 subscribers, supported by network solutions including the Calix E-Series and T-Series range. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that PuntoNet had 40,621 business and residential broadband subscribers at the end of December 2014 (as reported by Ecuadorian telecoms agency Supertel), making it the country’s fifth largest high speed access provider by users, while the company currently connects its customers via a range of network platforms including WiMAX, ADSL, SDSL and FTTx.
Katherin Mino, chief operations officer of PuntoNet, stated in a press release: ‘The implementation of the Calix platform has allowed us to vastly improve the broadband experience of our residential customers through stable and high speed broadband access. With GPON in place, we have been able to extend our FTTH deployment and consider a range of new cloud-enhanced services to roll out to our customers. As we look forward, the possibilities of IPTV services and the power of Carrier Class Wi-Fi from Calix GigaCenters will allow us to differentiate even further from the competition and transform the connected lifestyle of Ecuador’s residents.’ PuntoNet’s initial deployment of Calix solutions – via local partner FIS Soluciones – includes the Calix E7-20 multi-terabit Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) in the data centre and a number of Calix E7-2s modular ESAPs distributed throughout the network, plus T-Series optical network terminals (ONTs), including the T073G, designed to streamline installation and remove the need for an additional wireless router.