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BBND is a triple threat play on Internet, cable, and phone service. ...

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BigBand Networks, Inc. (BigBand) develops markets and sells network-based platforms that enable cable operators and telephone companies, collectively service providers, to offer video services across coaxial, fiber and copper networks. The Company has implemented de facto network architecture for digital simulcast, an application that facilitates the insertion of advertising and the transmission of video in a digital format across a network while still providing service to analog subscribers. Its product applications of Digital Simulcast, TelcoTV and Switched Digital Video are a combination of the Company's modular software and programmable hardware platforms. BigBand sells its product applications domestically to customers through a direct sales model, and internationally, through a combination of direct sales to service providers and sales through independent resellers. Its customers include Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable and Verizon, which are six of the ten largest service providers in the United States. BigBand Networks is based in Redwood City, Calif., with offices worldwide.

99.999% availability for nonstop delivery

Our Broadcast Video solution is just the opposite of single-function pizza boxes you find elsewhere. At the heart lies our industrial-strength broadband multimedia service router, the BigBand BMR1200® platform, offering 99.999% availability so you get the continuous systems operation necessary to deliver network video services without costly interruptions. Over 200 service providers use BigBand BMR1200, making it the most-widely deployed digital video networking platform in the world.

BigBand BMR1200 Platform Highlights

  • Versatile modular platform with programmable hardware for cost-efficient "grow as you go" scalability
  • Protocol-agnostic, content-intelligent architecture that switches and processes MPEG, IP and Ethernet packets
  • Supports wide range of services including digital TV management, deep digital transport, digital simulcast, digital ad insertion, HDTV and switched digital video
  • User-friendly and robust BigBand Management and Server Suite makes it easy to manage and configure the BMR1200 by providing a large amount of mission-critical data in easy-to-understand GUI formats


Management Team

Amir Bassan-Eskenazi
Chief Executive Officer, President and Co-Founder

Amir Bassan-Eskenazi is the Chief Executive Officer, President and Co-Founder of BigBand Networks. Recognizing the advancement of video, voice and data services provided over broadband networks, Mr. Bassan-Eskenazi is dedicated to optimizing operators' infrastructure. He has led BigBand Networks' activities from conception through successful implementations with the leading global service providers, driving content to tens of millions of subscribers. Mr. Bassan-Eskenazi's success with BigBand Networks extends a record of leadership in the establishment of the digital video. Mr. Bassan-Eskenazi was previously an executive of industry pioneer Optibase (NASDAQ: OBAS) where he rose to Executive Vice President of Marketing and Chief Operating Officer. Other roles with Optibase included development engineering, technical support, project management, product planning, marketing, business development, pre-sales and sales. Mr. Bassan-Eskenazi currently sits on the Board of Directors at Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), a membership-based organization that develops standards and solutions for the information, entertainment and communications industries. Previously, he was a member of the JPEG Committee, has published on the future of broadband multimedia services and holds several patents. He graduated from Technion Institute of Technology, where he studied electrical engineering.


Ran Oz
Co-Founder & Strategic Advisor

Ran Oz is the Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor to BigBand, where he is helping to define technology innovation that combines advanced multimedia and communications technologies. As the Co-Founder, he has been instrumental in building the Company's product foundation, now globally deployed and utilized for more and better services over more efficient networks. Prior to BigBand, Mr. Oz was part of the founding team of digital video technology provider Optibase (NASDAQ: OBAS), and was the primary technical co-founder of Optibase spin-out VCON Telecommunications (Nouveau March: 022021), a vendor of IP video conferencing systems. Mr. Oz holds several patents in HFC networking, visual computing, media manipulation and other areas. He regularly publishes and presents on advanced technology topics at prominent broadband industry events. He is an electrical engineering graduate of the Technion Institute of Technology and holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University.


Ravi Narula
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Narula is Chief Financial Officer of BigBand Networks where he oversees the company's accounting, finance and investor relations. He is a seasoned financial executive with more than16 years of financial accounting experience spanning the public accounting and industry sectors. Mr. Narula joined BigBand in 2005 and most recently served as Vice President of Finance and Worldwide Controller. During his tenure at BigBand, he has served in several senior financial roles, including Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Narula was instrumental in taking the company public and in building the financial operations team. Prior to joining BigBand, he served as Director of Financial Governance at Borland Software and held numerous senior financial roles at Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Narula is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor's of commerce degree from the University of Garhwal in India.


Harald Braun
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales

In addition to his role as a Member of the Board of Directors of BigBand Networks, Harald Braun serves as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and is responsible for all domestic and international sales, services, and partner relationships. Prior to joining BigBand, Mr. Braun served as president and CEO of Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW), formerly known as Harris Stratex Networks, Inc., where he lead the company's transformation from a specialized microwave backhaul equipment provider to a world-class provider of IP network wireless solutions. Before joining Aviat Networks, Mr. Braun served as president and CEO of Siemens Networks LLC and as a senior executive in Nokia Siemens Networks North America, where he established the company in the next-generation telecommunications marketplace. Prior to leading the North America Networks division, Mr. Braun was president, Siemens Carrier Networks Division, transitioning the company from TDM to an IP-focused company and leading the evolution to next-generation networking. Mr. Braun is a prominent standards influencer and spokesman in the telecommunications industry and has been recognized as one of America's "Top 100 Voices of the IP Communications Industry" and was awarded the prestigious title of International Telecom CEO of the Year 2009. He currently serves as treasurer of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and is a member of its executive board. He also serves on the Advisory Board at Roundbox, Inc. Mr. Braun earned an engineering degree in Telecommunications from the University of Aachen in Germany.


Yaki Avimor
Senior Vice President, Global Research and Development

Yaki Avimor is Senior Vice President of Global Research and Development at BigBand Networks where he is responsible for worldwide product development. Mr. Avimor brings more than 24 years of experience in product development and product management of enterprise software applications, voice over IP and telco grade systems. Previously, he managed Mercury Interactive's Mercury Load Testing product line (now the HP® LoadRunner), which generated $300 million in revenues. Prior to Mercury Interactive, Mr. Avimor was co-founder of PhoNet Communications, a voice over IP software provider, focused on developing IP-based private telephone exchanges (PABX), which was later sold to VCON. Mr. Avimor holds a master's of science degree in mathematics from Technion Institute of Technology.


Paul Crann
Senior Vice President, Product Line Management

As senior vice president of product line management for BigBand Networks, Mr. Crann is responsible for delivering new breakthrough solutions to service providers worldwide. He brings 20 years of operational experience to BigBand having served in a variety of management roles across the data networking and wireless communications industries. Mr. Crann has worked extensively with service providers including recent roles with start-up companies serving the fixed mobile convergence and WiMAX markets. Previously, Mr. Crann served as senior vice president of marketing and business development for Avici Systems, a core IP/ MPLS routing vendor. He has also held senior product management and market development positions with Lucent Technologies and Ascend Communications where he as part of the core switching business unit. His earlier experience includes roles with Omnipoint, one of the early PCS wireless service providers, PRTM as a management consultant, and the U.S. Navy where he served as a submarine officer. Mr. Crann holds a master's in business administration from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in engineering from Villanova University.


Rajive Dhar
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning

As Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning, Mr. Dhar oversees the Office of the CTO and the company's global growth strategy and technology vision and aligns these efforts with business development, including acquisitions and new product and market initiatives. Mr. Dhar brings a breadth of technical, operational, and strategic experience to BigBand, gained throughout his 20 years of experience in the technology industry. During his career, he has spearheaded strategic acquisitions, investments, and acquisitions and subsequent business integrations, along with channel building initiatives at start ups and public companies. Prior to BigBand, Mr. Dhar served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Planning at ARRIS Group Inc., where he led the company's acquisition and investment strategy. Mr. Dhar holds a Master's in Business Administration from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business and a Master's of Science in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. He holds several patents in the area of semiconductor technology.


Rob Horton
Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Rob Horton serves as the senior vice president and general counsel for BigBand Networks, responsible for the company's legal and regulatory interests, including intellectual property protection, licensing, regulatory compliance and corporate governance. Horton previously served as senior counsel for Borland Software (NASDAQ: BORL). Prior to Borland, Horton was an attorney in private practice at the law firms of Covington and Burling LLP and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati, PC. Horton holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from Northwestern University.


Ralph Rondinone
Senior Vice President, Global Operations

Ralph Rondinone is BigBand Networks' senior vice president of global operations. In this role he is responsible for worldwide customer service, manufacturing, quality, information technology and infrastructure. Mr. Rondinone brings more than 20 years of experience in customer service, manufacturing engineering, quality and operational responsibilities with companies ranging from start ups to public networking companies. Previously, he held executive level positions at SeaChange International, Lucent Technologies and Ascend Communications. He spent 13 years of his career at Digital Equipment Corporation where he worked in both the US and Europe in engineering and in manufacturing operations. Mr. Rondinone holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.



The BigBand MSP QAM for our carrier-class BigBand MSP family of innovative, multiservice platforms, is the industry's most dense edgeQAM. As a highly intelligent blade that plugs into the BigBand MSP2800 or MSP1200, its modular architecture simplifies and addresses bandwidth demands and management for converged video service delivery at the edge.



Better Together


While all BigBand components are highly interoperable, there are great advantages to deploying them together, including more efficient management and better communication between network elements. Related products include:

BigBand MSP1200 Multimedia Services Platform
New! BigBand MSP1200 Multimedia Services Platform
BigBand MSP2000 Multimedia Services Platform
New! BigBand MSP2800 Multimedia Services Platform
BigBand BEQ™6000 4:1 Edge QAM
BigBand BEQ™6200 8:1 Edge QAM
BigBand BMR1200 Broadband Multimedia-Service Router
BigBand Server and Management Suite Software
BigBand SVA Switched Video Analysis Software
BigBand vIP PASS™

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