BigBand Networks Announces Edge QAM Milestone
BigBand Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBND) today provided a series of updates on its Edge quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) leadership in advance of this week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. BigBand shipped more than 70,000 Edge QAMs in 2006—more, the company believes, than any other supplier. The company’s market-leading Edge QAM platforms play a critical role in supporting advanced digital video and data services, including what BigBand believes to be the first commercial deployment of modular cable modem termination system (M-CMTS) based on the CableLabs® specification, and the first and only successful commercial deployments of switched digital video (SDV).
BigBand pioneered SDV as a way for operators to significantly expand HDTV channels and other programming by making far more efficient use of existing bandwidth, and without forcing them to invest in more expensive alternatives to bandwidth expansion. The company’s commercial deployments of SDV now pass approximately 6.5 million homes across eight cable systems.
BigBand’s M-CMTS can dramatically lower the cost of increasing broadband speeds by leveraging the company’s Edge QAM solution to perform some of the capabilities traditionally performed by the CMTS core. Based on its deployment with Dutch cable operator Multikabel, BigBand believes it was the first equipment vendor in the world to ship M-CMTS based on the CableLabs® specification. Multikabel continues its rollout and has turned up more than 10,000 subscribers on M-CMTS. Last week BigBand announced that three Japanese cable operators are rolling out data services that can achieve download speeds up to 120 megabits-per-second (Mbps) based on the company’s M-CMTS solution.
“BigBand’s Edge QAM platforms are pivotal elements of some of the world’s most advanced commercial service deployments,” said David Heard, BigBand’s senior vice president and general manager of product operations. “BigBand’s solutions have given operators the confidence in switched digital video and M-CMTS to move from trials to successful commercial deployments.”
At Cable-Tec EXPO 2007 this week, BigBand will demonstrate the benefits of its Universal Edge QAM solution from Wednesday, June 20th through Friday, June 22nd at booth 2164 at the Orlando Convention Center. As part of the demonstration, BigBand’s next-generation Edge QAM platform shares capacity among switched digital video, video-on-demand, network-based digital video recording and DOCSIS® high speed data services.
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