Monday, October 24, 2005

Sprint Nextel Selects Calix/Nortel for Broadband Access

Sprint Nextel has selected Nortel as a supplier of its next generation broadband access solution slated for local market deployments in 18 U.S. states.

Under terms of a two-year contract, Nortel's multiservice Ultra Broadband access platform, the Calix C7, has been standardized by Sprint Nextel for deployment in their local markets. The solution has already been deployed in Sprint Nextel's Waterville, Ohio local market.

Nortel entered into a strategic alliance to resell the Calix platform in 2004.

The Calix C7 will be deployed in the local network, with each platform supporting as many as 480 DSL or 1,280 Broadband Passive Optical Network (BPON) connections to residential and business customers.

  • Sprint Nextel has begun the process of separating the operations of Sprint's local telecommunications business, including consumer, business and wholesale operations, and will seek regulatory approvals to spin off the local telecommunications business to Sprint Nextel shareholders in a tax-free transaction, which is expected to be completed in 2006. The local telecommunications business, led by Daniel Hesse, chief executive officer - designate, will have its own management team and board of directors, consisting of an equal number of designees from Sprint and Nextel. The local telecommunications business, which has approximately 7.5 million local access lines in 18 states and as of June 30, 2005 had revenues of more than $6 billion during the prior 12 months, will be the largest independent local telecommunications company in the United States. It will have commercial operating relationships with Sprint Nextel for mobile and long-distance network services, and will receive certain transitional services, including corporate support functions. Its corporate headquarters will be in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

  • More than one million Calix C7 ports are now in service with carrier networks across North America.

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