After a highly successful initial public offering earlier this month, BigBand said on Monday that it has supplied its modular cable modem termination system (M-CMTS) to Dutch cable operator Multikabel. BigBand Networks said in a press release that it believes this is the first time a vendor has shipped a M-CMTS based on the CableLabs specification. BigBand’s M-CMTS solution use DOCSIS3.0 downstream channel bonding, a standards-based way to significantly increase the rate at which information travels to cable modems, and substantially lower the cost of providing cable modem service. Multikabel’s deployment coincides with the release of BigBand’s Cuda 7.0 software that operates the Cuda CMTS platform and supports M-CMTS. BigBand’s Cuda supports both DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding and DOCSIS 2.0 modems on the same channels. "BigBand’s M-CMTS changes the economics of broadband delivery, making it far more affordable to increase access speeds," said Stefan van Dijk, manager of network technology at Multikabel. "Other vendors have taken proprietary approaches to channel bonding, but CableLabs and EuroCableLabs have provided an excellent, standards-based roadmap to increase speeds and lower costs, and BigBand Networks has wisely pursued that strategy. Being first to deliver an M-CMTS solution to simultaneously offer high-speed DOCSIS 3.0 downstream access and reduce the cost of bandwidth for our existing DOCSIS 2.0 modem installed base is a significant advantage for BigBand Networks." Modular-CMTS addresses operators’ needs to increase the bandwidth they make available to subscribers, and lower the costs associated with providing additional bandwidth. New applications, including online video, place-shifting technologies, wireless networks and online gaming are increasing subscribers’ demand for Internet bandwidth, but service provider competition is causing broadband prices to fall. BigBand’s M-CMTS solution achieves its capacity increase by migrating functionality traditionally performed by the CMTS onto a less expensive edge quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) platform. BigBand’s Cuda CMTS processes IP packets destined for subscribers, while BigBand’s edqe QAM delivers these packets to subscribers using RF QAM signaling.

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