BigBand Networks has announced that SureWest Communications has selected BigBand’s switched digital video solution (SDV). SureWest is currently executing a bandwidth management and high definition (HD) strategy, and is beginning to deploy the equipment and software necessary to meet its long-term goal of supporting next generation service delivery. As a part of this initiative, SureWest intends to roll out a full network deployment of SDV in its Kansas City market to enhance its suite of video, voice and data services.

"We researched and tested various options for optimization of our bandwidth and have chosen BigBand’s SDV solution due to its ability to efficiently meet our customers’ expanding demands for access to additional programming and for an even larger HD channel lineup," said Ken Johnson, SureWest’s VP and GM of operations in Kansas. "SDV will allow us to quickly regain RF spectrum that can then be reallocated to support high bandwidth applications such as HD and 3D programming as well as DOCSIS 3.0.”?

SureWest’s deployment of SDV will be implemented across its Cisco set-top box environment in the Kansas City region. SureWest also has plans to leverage future capabilities of the SDV architecture for delivery of cost-effective, next-generation IP-video services that will become increasingly personalized over time.

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