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BigBand Plays Earth

8:40 AM -- The bandwidth savings delivered via switched digital video (SDV) technologies is getting ready for its Korean cable closeup.

That's according to BigBand Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: BBND), which claims to have completed the "qualification" of its SDV platform with a set-top "client" from Alticast Corp. , a middleware vendor that's headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. (See BigBand Takes SDV Global.)

BigBand didn't say which MSOs will implement the company's SDV platform first, but some logical candidates include C&M, Qrix Communications, CJ CableNet, and On Media.

BigBand is branching out as it looks to expand on its SDV base in North America, where its platform has been deployed, or is in the process of being deployed, by systems passing north of 17 million households. Its last significant deployment announcement was with Bright House Networks . (See BigBand Lights Bright House.)

In-Stat forecasts that the global market for SDV gear, software, and services will exceed $1 billion in 2012, with Asia-based deployments representing $212 million of that total.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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