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BigBand, Suddenlink Inked for Five Years

Broadband-infrastructure provider BigBand Networks closed a deal with Suddenlink Communications, granting the cable operator use of BigBand’s broadband-management product, FastFlow.

The product enables management of services such as high-speed data and voice over Internet protocol across widely distributed multivendor networks.

Suddenlink last May acquired systems serving about 900,000 subscribers in eight states from Cox Communications, and in July, it acquired systems serving about 240,000 subscribers in four states from Charter Communications.

Both Cox and Charter had been using BigBand’s FastFlow product, and the new agreement extends FastFlow coverage for five years across all Suddenlink systems, reaching a total of about 1.4 million customers.

“Suddenlink has very quickly grown into one of the larger cable operators in the United States, and BigBand's FastFlow made that transition much easier,” said Jeff Strout, vice president of IP engineering and operations for the eighth-largest cable operator. “FastFlow's intuitive user interface gave us extensive visibility into service delivery on our new multivendor networks and made service deployment much easier than we anticipated,” he added. “The platform is also designed to scale well to support additional growth.”