RDK@ANGA 2019: It’s a Wrap!
COLOGNE, Germany—Technologists representing the global RDK community participated in a rousing panel at the ANGACOM conference on June 5, covering everything from RDK support for DSL and EPON/GPON access networks to the availability of the RDK Accelerator to a clever “speed dating” themed take on why the RDK is a perfect platform for Apps.
Stuart Thomson, Editor of Digital TV Europe, moderated the session, which featured Steve Heeb, President and GM of RDK; Charles Cheevers, CTO/CPE at ARRIS; Albert Dahan, CTO and Co-Founder of Metrological; Wouter Cloetens, Director of Connectivity Software for Liberty Global; and Ricardo dos Santos Felix, head of fixed internet and voice for NOS.
Among the highlights: In order to support service providers active with fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) deployments, the RDK for Broadband stack will support GPON access networks by the first quarter of next year. That expansion will also include Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connectivity, sometimes used as a backchannel for satellite-based providers.
“This is a huge point of development and the big message at ANGA,” Heeb told the trade publication CSI, which was present at ANGA.
In his presentation, titled “The Metrological Guide to Speed Dating with OTT Content,” Dahan provided a humorous speed dating themed analysis of managing Apps with the RDK – from “be interesting” to “be friendly.” “Confidence is key,” he said. “RDK is a proven architecture — with 50 million devices and a growing catalog of apps, you can handle everything. You know you can rock it.”
What does it take for a room full of people to write a code base for an attractive, relatable UI/UX, for a legacy/lower-end set-top box
RDK Management is an open source consortium that manages the Reference Design Kit (RDK). RDK is an open source software platform for the connected home that standardizes core functions used in broadband devices, set-top boxes, and IoT. It enables operators to manage their devices; control their business models; and customize their apps, UIs and data analytics 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.
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