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DERIVING INSIGHTS: THE REFERENCE DESIGN KIT (RDK)

As the telecommunications industry continues to migrate towards both open source and cloud-driven platforms, major cable providers are taking note. Cable companies are moving rapidly to integrate open source software stacks for both television set top boxes (STB) and wireless gateways—the boxes combining both the cable modem and wireless access point (AP). Millions of CPE devices are already deployed in the field, with more than 250 global licensees provisioned. Major manufacturers of this customer-premises hardware are also supporting the trend. And multiple cable operators—including Comcast, Charter Communications and Liberty Global—have also embraced the Reference Design Kit (RDK), the pre-integrated software stack that provides a common framework for powering this customer-premises equipment.

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