- RDK community expands to more than 500 technology companies
- RDK deployed by service providers in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia
- Continued innovation across video and broadband CPE and services
PHILADELPHIA – May 5, 2021 – RDK Management today announced details about the continued adoption of RDK open source software used to power customer-premises equipment (CPE) from broadband and video service providers worldwide.
“With more than 80 million device deployments, RDK adoption continues to accelerate and serve as the foundational software platform for service providers across their various OEMs and network topologies for video, broadband and IoT devices,” said Jason Briggs, Executive Director of RDK. “The common refrain we hear from operators is that RDK provides them with maximum versatility and transparency, while keeping them in complete control over their consumer-facing experience and device telemetry.”
Briggs continued, “Over this past year, our community developed new ways to enhance their video businesses with the rollouts of RDK4, Lightning™ App language, and RDK Video Accelerator set-top boxes. On the broadband side, RDK software now spans across DOCSIS, DSL, and GPON gateways, which is particularly beneficial to service providers operating a mix of transport networks within their footprints. We’re also excited about delivering a variety of new support services, training, testing tools, and recruiting resources to enable the RDK community to more easily scale with the RDK.”
RDK Global Adoption & Support
The number of RDK devices deployed globally rose to 80 million, up from 60 million since last spring. In total, RDK is now deployed across more than 30 leading service providers throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Service providers with publicly disclosed deployments for RDK-based services include Comcast, Cox, J:COM, Liberty Global, Megacable, Melita, MEO, NOS, NOWO, PYUR, Rogers, Shaw, SFR (part of Altice Europe), Vidéotron, Vodafone, VTR, and Ziggo.
RDK also disclosed that there are now more than 500 technology companies within the RDK community, up from 430 the previous year. These companies span leading CE manufacturers, SoC companies, software developers, system integrators, and service providers. Open source RDK is freely available to all users who want to access code, collaborate, develop, and submit software contributions back to the RDK community.
For those organizations who need additional support or want to engage more closely with the community, RDK offers Preferred and Preferred Plus memberships that foster enhanced collaboration, strategic engagement, advanced training, and technical support. In addition, RDK recently engaged GCS Recruitment Specialists, which will soon launch a RDK Developer Accreditation Program to assist the RDK community in identifying and hiring qualified RDK engineering talent.
Recent RDK Innovation Across Video and Broadband
Late last year, RDK4 was introduced, which makes it even easier to develop, test and deploy video services across set-top boxes. It provides standardized APIs that enable operators to integrate new user interfaces, apps and app stores—particularly when using the super-efficient Lightning app development language and open source SDK. As part of RDK4, the Firebolt app platform provides a common way to support Lightning, HTML5, and native streaming apps within RDK. Beneath RDK Firebolt is an architectural communication layer, or modular microservices layer, called Thunder™, used for app lifecycle management that facilitates communication between Firebolt and RDK core components. RDK4’s combination of Firebolt, Lightning, and Thunder makes it easier to launch apps and implement specific technical features or services, based on the individual needs of service providers. For a more turnkey solution, RDK4 is also available as part of the RDK Video Accelerator program, which provides development and deployment-ready set-top boxes from leading OEMs, including CommScope, Humax, KAON, and Skyworth. These set-top boxes come pre-integrated with the Metrological App Store and enable operators to develop new Lightning-based UXs and apps.
For broadband, RDK software provides common support for routing, Wi-Fi, device management, diagnostics, DNS, and IoT interfaces, such as Bluetooth, Thread and Zigbee. Leading suppliers, including Altice Labs, CommScope, Humax, Sagemcom, and Technicolor offer a range of RDK-enabled gateways across DOCSIS, DSL and GPON. RDK software is also available for IP-connected cameras, delivering common methods to support live video feeds, continuous video recording, motion detection, and watermarking. A key to RDK’s growing adoption is that device provisioning, data diagnostics, reporting, and telemetry are consistent across all RDK software profiles, enabling service providers to manage video, broadband, and cameras in a uniform way.
Additional information about RDK is available at www.rdkcentral.com.
About RDK Management
RDK Management is an open source consortium that manages RDK for the global community. RDK is an open source software platform that standardizes core functions used in broadband, video, and IoT devices. RDK enables service providers to control their device diagnostics data, business models, and apps to improve the customer experience and drive business results. The RDK community is comprised of more than 500 companies including CPE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators, and service providers. For more information on the tools, training, and events provided by RDK Management, please visit: www.rdkcentral.com.