Ucom partners with Calix for NG-PON2 deployment in Armenia

Subscriber driven access specialist Calix is partnering with Armenian service provider Ucom to deliver the benefits of NG-PON2 to the operator’s 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 Calix suite of AXOS, Compass cloud services, and the next generation of PON technology to roll out new 10 Gbps 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 and Calix has resulted in a transformation of the Armenian telecommunications landscape. The first service provider to introduce fibre to the home (FTTH) services in Armenia, Ucom offers advanced voice, video, and data services to residential subscribers. Last year, Ucom acquired Orange Armenia, accelerating the finalisation 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. “Our vision has always been to become Armenia’s most advanced service provider, and NG-PON2 is the perfect vehicle to extend fibre services for businesses and connect our own mobile cell sites.”

Joseph Haddad, area vice president, international markets at Calix, added: “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.”

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