ANGA CABLE – Cologne. BigBand Networks has been demonstrating the ability of its modular cable modem termination system (M-CMTS) solution to deliver video-on-demand (VOD) and IPTV over existing DOCSIS cable modems. The exhibit highlights its M-CMTS solution’s ability to increase broadband speeds to support HD, IP video at a fraction of the cost of alternative methods. Though cable IPTV is a relatively nascent technology, one operator is already using BigBand’s Cuda CMTS—a key element of its M-CMTS solution—to deliver IP-based VOD to subscribers.
“Our M-CMTS solution provides extraordinary cost benefits by improving performance on existing infrastructure, and we’re demonstrating that it is capable of delivering advanced IP video services,” said John Holobinko,VP and manager of cable IP for the company. “There is simply no need for operators to embark on a proprietary approach to IP video; DOCSIS and M-CMTS provide an excellent, standards-based roadmap.”
BigBand’s exhibit includes two distinct demonstrations of its M-CMTS video capabilities. The first is a multi-vendor demonstration that leverages a VOD server from BitBand, a Camiant policy server and application manager, a VOD session manager from eventIS and Zappware’s set-top box middleware to deliver VOD over Docsis 2.0 modems. The second demonstration leverages BigBand’s M-CMTS architecture with DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding and a channel bonding cable modem to deliver both standard and HD video to an IPTV set-top box.