Ellijay Telephone Company is honored for securing massive efficiency gains—saving up to $900,000 with automating IP address management—by simplifying their network, enabling them to connect even more subscribers across Georgia and Tennessee
SAN JOSE, CA—December 14, 2023—Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) recognizes its customer, Ellijay Telephone Company (ETC), with a 2023 Calix Innovations Award as the “Giant of Engineering.” The award honors ETC for streamlining and dramatically enhancing operational efficiencies by pursuing a strategy to consolidate network functions, thereby modernizing their operations. With dramatic simplifications enabled by the Calix Intelligent Access EDGE™ E9-2 system, ETC is entering new markets quickly and cost-effectively, delivering multi-gigabit broadband-enabled managed services to subscribers, cutting truck rolls by 15 percent, and reducing costs up to $900,000 with automated IP address management.
ETC has a 120-year history of delivering communications technology in rural Georgia, and they have been a Calix customer for over a decade. To better serve their rural and unserved communities, ETC is focusing on market expansion and future-proofing their business. The challenges of increasing competition and growing maintenance costs from their hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network required a consolidation strategy to facilitate their growth and accelerate time to market while enhancing operational efficiency. After developing their strategy, ETC simplified their network infrastructure by transitioning from a traditional network to one that consolidates and moves service-enabling network functions closer to the subscriber.
Since the start of this journey, over 15 percent of ETC’s subscribers have moved to XGS-PON-enabled managed services, and the company is steadily converting more subscribers to fiber each month. Moreover, implementing a simplified network strategy allows ETC to venture into new markets. By simplifying their network and reaping the benefits of a modernized network, ETC has:
“As ETC continues to expand into new territories, we differentiate ourselves by delivering customer-centric subscriber experiences,” said Frankie Rigdon, vice president of operations at Ellijay Telephone Company. “To grow quickly and cost-effectively, the Calix solution provides a simplified, cookie-cutter approach to network deployment, making it easier for our team to create incredible subscriber experiences leveraging the ETC brand. For more than a century, ETC has been committed to serving the best interests of our subscribers, and we will continue to provide unmatched value that surpasses our competitors long into the future.”
“Ellijay is among a growing number of BSPs putting together a network consolidation strategy and working toward network modernization,” said Shane Eleniak, chief product officer at Calix. “For ETC, the Intelligent Access EDGE helped consolidate service routing, subscriber management, and service delivery to provide the resilient architecture and visibility they needed to streamline and automate their network and service operations across 36 communities. To modernize their network, meet the increasing demand of subscriber expectations, and better enable the delivery of managed services, the Calix broadband platform was the right fit. It’s clear from the results and recognition as the Calix ‘Giant of Engineering’ that ETC’s dedication to improving the lives of their subscribers and community is at the heart of what they do.”
The award-winning Calix Intelligent Access EDGE solution is the first place for BSPs to start simplifying their network and building a path toward modernization.
Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX)—Broadband service providers of all sizes leverage the Calix platform and teams to simplify their business and excite their subscribers to grow the value of their business and for their communities for generations. The democratizing power of the platform and portfolio of managed services enables them to operate efficiently, acquire subscribers, and deliver exceptional experiences. Calix is dedicated to driving continuous improvement in partnership with our growing ecosystem to support the transformation of our customers and their communities.
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