Monday, December 12, 2005

BigBand Cuda Receives PacketCable Multimedia Certification

BigBand Networks' Cuda CMTS (cable modem termination system) achieved qualification status for the PacketCable Multimedia specification from CableLabs. PacketCable Multimedia (PCMM) provides enhanced control for QoS, enabling operators to better support existing and new revenue generating services. This includes services such as online gaming, streaming media, video conferencing and voice services based on SIP.

PCMM is a CableLabs specification created to dynamically reserve the QoS required for delivery of multimedia IP content using DOCSIS 1.1 or 2.0. The specification defines a service delivery framework providing QoS, event based accounting, and security functionality. Key capabilities include: access to DOCSIS 1.1 QoS mechanisms supporting time and volume-based network resource authorizations; abstract, event-based network resource auditing and management; and a robust security infrastructure. The cumulative effect of these capabilities allows operators to deliver media-rich IP applications and services that have high QoS requirements, such as live video programming, videoconferencing, and on-line gaming.

The BigBand Cuda CMTS is DOCSIS 2.0 qualified. BigBand said its PacketCable Multimedia implementation is noteworthy in its distributed processing of the specification for performance efficiency, and its redundant architecture supporting hitless operation, so that compliance with the specification is maintained through both planned and unplanned changes in operating conditions.