Nortel, Calix to Outfit Sprint Nextel with Access Solution

Sprint Nextels local telecom division has selected Nortel to supply it with new broadband access solutions for use in 18 states as part of the carriers move to packetization. While Nortel will provide integration and other services, the access equipment used in the two-year deal comes from Calix.

Financial details of the award were not disclosed.

The Calix C7 multiaccess platform is sold by Nortel as part of a strategic alliance the two vendors entered into in 2004. Sprint intends to deploy the C7 in its local network, with each platform supporting as many as 480 DSL or 1,280 BPON connections to residential and business customers. The C7 has already been deployed in Sprint Nextels Waterville, Ohio, local market.

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