SOURCE: BigBand Networks, Inc.

December 02, 2008 05:30 ET

RCN Corporation Speeds Its March to All-Digital With BigBand Networks' Digital Simulcast Solution

BigBand BMR Platform Enables Rapid Expansion of HD and SD Lineups

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2008) - BigBand Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBND), a leader in digital video networking, today announced that RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a leading provider of all-digital television, high-capacity data, and voice services to residential, business customers and service providers, has selected the BigBand Broadband Multimedia-Service Router 1200 (BMR®) for its digital television simulcast deployments in RCN's Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia/Eastern Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. metro area markets.

"BigBand's BMR platform enables us to convert to an all-digital environment, reclaiming our analog spectrum to free up bandwidth, so we can provide our customers with an exciting expansion of quality programming content," said Rick Swiderski, Vice President of Engineering with RCN. "We selected the BigBand BMR because the platform is reliable, scalable and easy-to-use, and because of BigBand's track record of world-class field engineering support and swift deployments."

RCN's conversion to an all-digital network enables RCN to improve the picture quality, make the network easier to maintain, and dramatically increase the number of Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) channels it can offer to subscribers. The conversion, dubbed "Analog Crush (SM)," will allow RCN to offer its customers over 300 SD channels and 75 HD channels initially, in addition to a more robust line-up of international content and on-demand titles.

"The BigBand BMR is one of the most widely-deployed, versatile digital video networking platforms in the world and its selection by customers such as RCN underscores the platform's reliability," said David Heard, BigBand's Chief Operating Officer. "Being able to help our customers quickly reclaim analog bandwidth, and stay ahead of the competition by rapidly expanding their service offerings, is a huge asset."

The BigBand BMR1200 is a robust platform designed from the ground up to be carrier-class and offer five 9's availability. It is field-proven, having been deployed by over 200 service providers worldwide, in over 4,000 installations. It is designed to support a variety of applications including digital simulcast, digital TV management, digital ad insertion, HDTV and switched digital video. Offering a rich array of bandwidth management functionality, it can help speed the migration from broadcast to content personalization.

About BigBand Networks

BigBand Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBND) provides broadband service providers with innovative network solutions designed to make it easier to move, manage and monetize video. These solutions are based on BigBand's video networking platforms that are built to enable efficient and reliable delivery across a wide range of services, including digital TV, high definition TV, advanced advertising, video-on-demand and interactive TV. BigBand Networks' customers include more than 200 service providers -- including six of the ten largest service providers in the U.S. -- and leading cable and telco service providers in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. BigBand Networks is based in Redwood City, Calif., with offices worldwide. For additional information about the company, please call +1.650.995.5000, email or visit

About RCN Corporation

RCN Corporation,, is a facilities-based, competitive broadband telecommunications services provider delivering video, high-speed data and voice services to residential and small-medium business customers under the brand names of RCN and RCN Business Services, respectively. In addition, through the RCN Metro Optical Networks business unit, RCN delivers fiber-based high-capacity data transport services to large commercial customers, primarily large enterprises and carriers, targeting the metropolitan central business districts in the company's geographic markets. RCN's primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston and Chicago. (RCNI-G)

BMR and other BigBand Networks' brand and product names are service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of BigBand Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the U.S. Federal Securities Laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is subject to the safe harbors created by such laws. Forward-looking statements may relate to, but are not limited to the functionality, programming potential and other potential benefits to be derived by RCN or other customers from the use of the BigBand's digital simulcast or Broadband Multimedia-service Router (BMR) product, forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that involve a number of uncertainties and risks that may cause actual events or results to differ materially. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include, among others, the following: rapid technological change that can adversely affect the demand for BigBand's products, including the BMR, design flaws in BigBand's digital simulcast solution, shifts in customer demand, shifts in strategic relationships, delays in BigBand's ability to deliver or decisions to discontinue its products and services, or announcements by competitors. These and other risks may be detailed from time to time in BigBand's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which may be obtained from BigBand Networks is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Information contained in our website is not incorporated by reference in, or made part of this press release.

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