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Congratulations to the
2017 Calix Innovation Award Winners

Calix Innovation Award Winners

Calix Innovation Awards are annually given to Calix customers who demonstrate outstanding creativity when leveraging Calix technology to deploy best-in-class services. The awards recognize innovation in the use of access, premises, and cloud technologies to transform businesses and networks. Outstanding Calix partners are also recognized in the program, as they are instrumental in driving new innovations and efficiencies for Calix customers.


Awarded at Calix Connexions 2017

Innovation in AXOS Subscriber Management

Muni broadband leader Cedar Falls Utilities talks subscriber management with the Calix AXOS E9-2 Intelligent Edge System. 
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Excellence in Innovation Enablement

Through a close partnership, Calix and Momentum Telecom are reducing back office integration time and complexity and laying a foundation to SDN for service providers of all types. 
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Innovation in Cloud Analytics

In Lafayette, Tennessee, NCTC is utilizing Calix Marketing Cloud to drive business success with higher ARPU, take rates, and broadband speed upgrades across their subscriber base.
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Innovation in Next Gen Services

Calix has made NG-PON2 a reality, enabling New Zealand's Northpower Fibre to demonstrate the technology in a live network for the first time in the world via a Calix AXOS E7-2 Modular Access System.
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Innovation in Subscriber Experience (Residential)

In Minnesota, Paul Bunyan Communications leveraged their Calix-powered gigabit network and GigaCenters with Carrier Class Wi-Fi to host the region's first live gaming tournament with the GigaZone Gaming Championship.
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Innovation in Subscriber Experience (Business)

Manhattan-based Pilot Fiber is leveraging a fully software defined network and the AXOS E7-2 Intelligent Modular System to build an impressive base of business customers throughout major cities on the East Coast of the United States.
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Awarded at 2016 User Group Conference

Around the country, CenturyLink is transforming and simplifying the subscriber experience for all MDU residents with their innovative CenturyLink ON platform.

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Leading the broadband charge among electric cooperatives, Midwest Energy is leveraging the power of Calix Cloud services and GigaCenters to rapidly grow their service offering and become the “Utility of the Future” in southwest Michigan. 


With a growing business in the booming Fargo, North Dakota area, 702 Communications is outpacing the competition by delivering gigabit services via Calix G.fast solutions in the area's multi-dwelling unit buildings.

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Awarded at 2015 User Group Conference

Innovation in Network Transformation
Providing traditional cable television services in southern Spain since 2001, Alma Telecom has transformed its HFC network to fiber and utilized the Calix GigaCenters to improve their subscribers’ broadband experience.

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Innovation in Gigabit Service Marketing
By using a pre-registration model and unique marketing tactics, Illinois’ Adams Fiber is finding success with Calix GigaCenters and gigabit services in Quincy.


Innovation in Partnering for Business Efficiency
Located in neighboring counties in South Carolina, Farmers Telephone Cooperative (FTC) and Horry Telephone Cooperative (HTC) partnered together to gain new business efficiencies and build a foundation for future collaborations.


Innovation in Leveraging Compass Software
Gila River Telecommunications Inc. (GRTI) has gained new operational efficiencies while generating new revenue streams and improving their subscribers' experience through its use of all three Compass software applications.

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Innovation in Gigabit Service Delivery
Serving parts of western Wyoming and eastern Idaho, Silver Star Communications has seen impressive early success with its Gigabiz service and the deployment of Calix GigaCenters with Consumer Connect software.


Awarded at 2014 User Group Conference

 Innovation in Services Transformation
In Floyd County, Virginia, the 100-year-old Citizens Telephone Cooperative is transforming its network and business to deliver fiber-based services to the region's businesses.

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Innovation in Business Transformation
New York's Finger Lakes Technologies Group has transformed from a traditional ILEC into one of the region’s largest growing companies through delivering business services.


Innovation in Gigabit Services – Local
In rural Wisconsin, Reedsburg Utility Commission is delivering the state’s first gigabit speeds, capturing the attention of business and residential subscribers alike.

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Innovation in Gigabit Services--Regional

Initially delivering the first residential gigabit services in New Hampshire, TDS is expanding its “1Gig” service in many of its fiber markets based on early success.

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Innovation in Fiber Services
With a rapidly expanding GPON-based fiber network, Armenia’s Ucom is taking market share from large carriers in both residential and business markets across the country.


Innovation in New Revenue Generating Services
Vermont's Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom has gained new customers and revenues with a unique local broadband video service.

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Innovation in Leveraging Calix Analytics
Utilizing the power of data provided by Calix Analytics, West Carolina Tel has created more targeted marketing campaigns, achieving a better return on investment while lowering customer acquisition costs.


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Previous Innovation Awards

2013 Innovation Award Winners

Allo Communications



ITS Fiber


Northpower Fibre

Saddleback Communications

2012 Innovation Award Winners

Arrowhead Electric/CTC

Cincinnati Bell

Consolidated Telcom

Endeavor Communications

Highland Telephone Cooperative

Home Telecom


South Slope


2011 Innovation Award Winners


Dickey Rural Networks

Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative

Reservation Telephone


Volcano Communications