Two Iowa telcos pick Calix to extend fiber, IPTV services in rural areas

Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association and Breda Telephone Corporation are partnering with Calix (NYSE: CALX) to expand their broadband services, including offering IPTV, to customers in Iowa and Minnesota.

Both will use Broadband Stimulus award funds for their respective projects, focused on pulling fiber deep into rural communities

The awards to WCTA and Breda bring the total number of publicly announced Calix awarded Broadband Stimulus projects in the states of Iowa and Minnesota to 11.

WCTA's award, a $9.8 million grant and a $9.8 million loan, will be used in part for access equipment, to offer advanced broadband services, including IPTV services, ultra high-speed data services and reliable voice services to 21 communities in six counties across northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.

WCTA will leverage Calix's C7 Multiservice Access Platform and the modular E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform, along with the 700GE family of optical network terminals and Calix Management System. VDSL2 and GPON technologies will be leveraged to deliver services directly to subscribers, and 10 gigabit Ethernet 10GE transport technology will interconnect this network with other WCTA facilities.

Breda will use its funds, which consist of a $1.8 million grant, a $784,000 loan and $2.6 million in matching private investment, to provide advanced high-speed broadband to underserved areas of its ILEC territory.

Breda pulling fiber all the way to the premises across all customers in its Breda and Lidderdale exchanges to deliver advanced IPTV, ultra high-speed data services capable of delivering up to 1 gigabit per second to the premises, and reliable voice services.

The EXA Powered C7 MSAP will leverage both GPON and 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GE) transport technologies to deliver advanced broadband services to the region.

"Advanced broadband services are critical to the quality of life and economic development of the rural communities that we serve," said Terry Wegener, general manager at WCTA. "Our Fiber Forward initiatives will allow us to bring a world-class broadband infrastructure to parts of northern Iowa and southern Minnesota that, in some cases, only have access to dial-up."

For more:
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