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Technology Stocks : BigBand Networks, Inc. (BBND)

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From: JakeStraw2/28/2008 8:54:23 AM
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BigBand Networks Increased edge QAM Shipments 91 Percent in 2007
Thursday February 28, 8:00 am ET

BigBand shipped 140,000 edge QAMs in 2007 and extended its lead in switched digital video deployment

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BigBand Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBND) shipped 140,000 edge QAMs inclusive of all its platforms in 2007, nearly doubling its total from 2006. Based on these numbers, the company believes that it achieved the leading market share position in edge QAM for the second consecutive year.

Highlights of BigBand’s QAM shipments in 2007 included:

* Introduction of the BEQ™6000, BigBand’s universal edge QAM;
* Significant expansion of BigBand’s switched digital video (SDV) deployments, including initiation of its first SDV deployments in Motorola set-top box environments;
* Use of the BEQ6000 to deliver IP voice and data services in some of the world’s first deployments of modular CMTS (M-CMTS);
* Initiation of BigBand’s first deployment to deliver SDV and video-on-demand (VOD) in the same cable system leveraging the BEQ6000

“In 2007, edge QAM technology went ‘universal,’ and took on a more pivotal role in delivering switched video services and IP services, and we expect those trends to continue in 2008,” said John Holobinko, vice president and general manager of BigBand’s cable edge business unit. “Cable operators are installing BigBand edge QAMs in more than 20 deployments of switched digital video to put a framework in place to deliver virtually unlimited HDTV.”

BigBand’s own “universal” edge QAM platform—the BEQ6000—is designed to support the delivery of video-on-demand, high-speed data and voice-over-IP services in addition to SDV. The platform is differentiated by a unique balance of high density, superior RF signal quality, component durability and modularity. The BEQ has been designed to exceed industry performance standards to make it the industry’s most reliable edge QAM, with the lowest total cost of ownership on the market.

“Our shipment milestone is a testament to the fact that we’ve focused on what operators want out of their edge QAM,” continued Holobinko. “Our customers are not interested in spec sheet promises—they want a demonstrated track record of successful deployments in advanced applications, performance, quality, and multi-service support.”
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