SAN JOSE, CA — North Dakota-based Dickey Rural Networks (DRN) has deployed the Calix AXOS Platform to dramatically simplify its network operations and accelerate the rollout of new services. DRN is upgrading their GPON network to the AXOS E7-2 Intelligent Modular System and Services Management Connector (SMx) to increase their network capacity and their network’s capability to support the new services that their subscribers increasingly demand. DRN is coupling this network simplification strategy with whole home Wi-Fi capabilities delivered through the Calix Mesh-Enhanced Carrier Class Wi-Fi solution. This combination is designed to ensure that DRN’s subscribers can enjoy seamless video streaming, online gaming, and a full range of bandwidth-intensive services.
Reduce Operational Complexity
Because AXOS enables remote network diagnostics, automation of operational workflows, always on operation, and a single operating model across an entire network, DRN can significantly reduce operational complexity. This radical simplification of operations will help DRN reduce costs and move with greater agility to deploy new services. Historically, DRN has differentiated its offerings through high-quality customer service and an exceptional subscriber experience. With this deployment, DRN is now future-proofing its access network by deploying AXOS. Thanks to its modular design, AXOS will increase the speed at which DRN is able to add new functionality. AXOS will also support any physical network architecture that DRN chooses today and in the future. Finally, AXOS E-series systems support a wide variety of configurations to fit any deployment model that DRN requires including central office, cabinet, pole and MDU.
“When we invest in our network, we are investing in the experience it enables for our customers,” said Kent Schimke, operations manager for Dickey Rural Networks. “Throughout our longstanding relationship with Calix, their flexible solutions ensure that no matter our deployment scenario, we will be able to build a network that provides best-in-class services. As we simplify and increase the efficiency of our network to deliver gigabit connectivity, we are already looking forward to how we can provide 10G services in the future.”
About Dickey Rural Networks
Originally founded in November 1950 as Dickey Rural Telephone, Dickey Rural Networks delivers state-of-the-art telecommunications, internet, and television services to rural areas in southeastern North Dakota and northern South Dakota. Delivering services through two companies — Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative and Dickey Rural Services — DRN serves 19 telephone exchanges in nine different counties within the two states. Dickey Rural Services provides high speed internet as well as web hosting, web design and television services.
“Dickey Rural Networks is a great example of a rural network operator focusing on its mission to provide top quality network services for the vitality of the communities it serves,” said Skip Hirvela, vice president of sales for Calix. “By placing particular emphasis on both the end user experience and customer service, DRN has been particularly aggressive in working to ensure that their network is comprised of best-in-class components. AXOS is enabling them to simplify their network operations, increase service velocity, and realize significant cost reductions. By coupling this with the only mesh-enhanced carrier class Wi-Fi solution on the market, they are well positioned to deliver exceptional experiences for their subscribers today and well into the future.”
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