Buckeye CableSystems taps BigBand for IP video upgrade

Buckeye CableSystem is extending its switched digital video infrastructure using BigBand Network's (NASDAQ:BBND) IP video solution to offer new IP video services to multiple platforms, while maintaining support for existing business models. Buckeye said it will use Verimatrix for its digital TV security solutions for the trial period.

BigBand's IP video solution is designed for rapid deployment of IPTV while using existing infrastructure and optimizing bandwidth and service delivery across RF and IP transport layers.

It's the first publicly announced deployment of BigBand's vIP PASS in North America.

Buckeye-the nation's 22nd-largest cable operator, which serves 150,000 customers in the Toledo, Ohio region--says the upgrade is designed to meet increased demands from users "without creating an additional silo for IP video delivery."

"We worked closely with BigBand to assemble a solution that builds upon our existing infrastructure, using the same network and back office systems we employ today, to develop a high quality and reliable delivery method that will scale to deliver IP video quickly and cost effectively," said Joe Jensen, Buckeye's chief technology officer.

The BigBand approach takes a more evolutionary tack, allowing Buckeye a gradual migration to full IP video convergence, said Ran Oz, EVP, CTO and co-founder of BigBand. "Our IP video approach can open up new market opportunities for operators by allowing them to select the right mix of operational and capital investment to support a multi-screen delivery strategy, and allowing them to quickly expand and turn on new services as demand increases," he said.

The vIP PASS solution currently is deployed in Korea with LG Powercom, Korea's largest HFC network serving over 2.3 million subscribers, delivering IPTV services to PCs and IP set-top boxes.

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