Chris Bowick Joins Calix Board

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Chris Bowick, a cable vet who last served as SVP of engineering and the CTO of Cox Communications, has been named to the board of  network access technology specialist Calix, replacing Michael Ashby, who retired as CFO in February.

Bowick, who retired from Cox in 2009, founded and currently serves as president of The Bowick Group, a provider of technology, product, business and executive development advice and counsel to clients in the cable and telecom industries. Bowick also serves on the board of directors of ViXS Systems and Minerva Networks, and is a technical advisor to Gainspeed, a startup that is developing a "virtual" Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP).

Before Cox, Bowick also served in key technology leadership slots at Charter Communications (in 2011, as interim CTO), Jones Intercable (now part of Comcast) and Scientific-Atlanta (now part of Cisco Systems).

“Calix has proven to be a leader in the broadband access market in North America over the course of the last decade through innovation, vision, and execution," said Bowick, in a statement. "The company is well positioned to capitalize on the emerging convergence of cable and telecom markets as service providers increasingly turn to fiber based solutions to deliver the speed and quality of service being demanded by both business and residential consumers. I am looking forward to joining the Calix team as the company executes on its next phase of growth.”

Calix announced separately that Grande Communications has tapped the vendor’s E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform, 700GE family of optical network terminals, and its new Compass Open Link Cable software to power the operator’s new 1 Gbps broadband service in West Austin, Texas.

Notably, Calix said that its Open Link Cable product will enable Grande to provision GPON services  using its legacy DOCSIS platform, adding that the system “is based on concepts” introduced by the CableLabs-led DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specs and is designed to align with DOCSIS Provisioning of GPON (DPoG) specs that are currently in development.

Grande introduced its “Power 1000” tier in Austin in February, joining AT&T’s budding deployment of its 1-Gig capable U-verse with Gigapower platform, and Google Fiber’s coming launch in the speed-happy market. At the time, Grande said it was to make its Power 1000 service available to about a quarter of the 75,000 homes in Austin served by the company.

Grande’s broadband cap-free Power 1000 service will be available to about a quarter of the 75,000 homes in Austin served by the company, a Grande official said. Grande has not yet decided if or when it might extend similar 1-Gig offerings in its other service areas, which include San Antonio, Dallas, San Marcos, Waco, Corpus Christi, Midland and Odessa.

“The rising tide of gigabit deployments across the nation is causing cable providers to seek a more rapid path to gigabit speeds while leveraging their existing operational infrastructures,” Bowick said. “DOCSIS 3.1 shows promise in the future, but it is still years away from commercial viability and availability. Solutions like Open Link Cable, GPON, and the Calix E7s snap into existing cable infrastructure, making the leap to gigabit services for cable companies like Grande efficient and cost-effective today.”

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