Adelphia Strikes Up BigBand VOIP Deal

Adelphia selects BigBand digital simulcast in Los Angeles; BigBand Networks provides infrastructure for Adelphia VOIP launch

July 18, 2005

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- BigBand Networks, Inc., a leading provider of network platforms for video, voice and data services, today announced that Adelphia Communications Corporation (OTC:ADELQ) has selected BigBand Digital Simulcast for its Los Angeles system. This solution utilizes BigBand platforms to convert all programming to digital formats at sourcing; leverage the advantages of digital ad insertion and Gigabit Ethernet transport; and assure service to all subscribers by providing a completely digital line-up from the network edge, while also maintaining existing analog video offerings. Adelphia is practicing digital simulcasting for a manageable and economical migration towards all-digital cable services, further augmenting the Los Angeles site, which utilizes BigBand Networks solutions for high-speed data, digital television, HDTV and VOD.

   "Adelphia and BigBand Networks have a long-standing partnership, highlighted by extensive collaboration in our Los Angeles system, which is expanding to implementation of digital simulcasting," said Adelphia CTO Marwan Fawaz. "Digital technologies maximize service functionality, reliability and efficiency, and these goals are being pursued in the Adelphia Los Angeles system with use of the BigBand platforms for digital simulcasting."

   Digital simulcasting is a rising initiative among the nation's top cable operators to gradually phase out analog services and subscriber devices by offering all programming digitally. Digital video achieves better than 10x bandwidth efficiency versus analog, freeing capacity for more broadcast programming, HDTV, VOD, VoIP and other emerging services. Additionally, all-digital content improves video quality, enhances content security, and enables deployment of more economical subscriber equipment. Because all programming is digital between headend and edge facilities, digital simulcasting also provides immediate benefits in consolidation to singular and efficient infrastructures for network transport and local advertising insertion.

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- BigBand Networks, Inc., a leading provider of network platforms for video, voice and data services, today announced that its hardware and software infrastructure is being tested by Adelphia Communications Corporation (OTC:ADELQ) for VoIP (voice over IP) service launches. The operator is using the BigBand Cuda(R) CMTS (cable modem termination system) to route and process signals, and BigBand FastFlow(R) broadband provisioning manager to establish and manage subscriber voice accounts.

   "BigBand Cuda and BigBand FastFlow have been proven solutions for Adelphia Communications' high speed data services, and we have confidence in their providing the reliability, scalability and functionality required to deliver VoIP to our subscribers," said Adelphia CTO Marwan Fawaz.

   A DOCSIS 2.0 qualified platform, the BigBand Cuda CMTS is designed to maximize reliability of delivering VoIP and other real-time content through features like a passive backplane that automatically switches to redundant resources when required and robust RF signaling for delivery in multiple plant conditions. BigBand FastFlow is designed to detect the presence and configuration of subscriber devices, including media terminal adapters used to access VoIP, and automatically provide required configuration data within operator information systems, limiting the potential for errors through manual data entry.

   "Adelphia's selection of the BigBand platforms for VoIP underscores the operator's emergence as a cable industry technology leader," said Amir Bassan-Eskenazi, president and CEO of BigBand Networks. "Adelphia is taking advantage of the BigBand Cuda's robustness and BigBand FastFlow's intelligent functionality to enhance cost effectiveness and subscriber satisfaction from VoIP."

Adelphia Communications Corp.

BigBand Networks Inc.

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