Bangkok, Thailand – Calix, Inc. announced on June 17 that Planet Communications (Planetcomm) has selected the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and T-Series optical network terminals (ONTs) for a gigabit passive optical network (GPON) residential and business fibre deployment in Thailand’s rapidly growing major cities, including Bangkok and Pattaya. Planetcomm has ambitious plans to expand its fibre network to meet the demands of Thailand’s growing economy by reaching over 100,000 homes with fibre within the next five years and begin delivering advanced IP services in the next year.
Planetcomm with its proven knowledge, expertise, and experience aims to utilise its skills to roll out fibre for a variety of different network environments, including networks for local service providers to deliver managed services such as IPTV. The company will also work with developers to offer high-end services in new housing and industrial developments within urban settings. In addition, Planetcomm can offer new services in existing residential developments by replacing cable and copper with fibre to provide high quality, ultra-fast broadband and enable IPTV, VoIP, and other advanced broadband services.
Prapat Rathlertkarn, CEO of Planetcomm said: “We are at a critical phase of development in broadband infrastructure for Thailand, investing in our future in the global economy. As we build out this state-of-the-art fibre network, we needed a partner with a solution which would allow us to start small and ramp up quickly for our country – Calix has proved to be that partner.”
For Thailand, where current broadband adoption is growing massively quarter by quarter, it is important for companies such as Planetcomm to be able to meet the ever-growing demand for faster speeds. By utilising the Calix E7-2, broadband services can be delivered over fibre with speeds up to one gigabit per second (Gbps), both now and in the future. By supporting any mix of GPON and point-to-point gigabit Ethernet (GE), the Calix E7-2 will give Planetcomm the flexibility to stay a step ahead of the market and deliver the best service offering for their customer base.
“Planetcomm is a proven and exciting partner and we are delighted to be associated with them as they develop fiber infrastructure solutions within a progressive Thailand,” said Andy Lockhart, senior vice president, international sales. “Our products are ideally suited for this kind of deployment, allowing flexibility and scalability in architecture that is truly ‘pay as you grow.’ The E7-2 will allow Planetcomm to expand their fibre network at their own rate, while continuing to address the broadband needs of residential and business customers alike.”