There is a rare opportunity tomorrow (Thursday, October 22) to hear one of the world’s leading TV and broadband service providers, Altice, talking about its use of RDK for next-generation CPE, with Rui Manuel Silva, Head of CPE Product Management at Altice Labs, among the panellists for a 1200-1230 BST panel discussion on ‘Delivering next-gen broadband and STB experiences and apps to spearhead Pay TV for the next decade’. Altice combines several operating companies, all with their own requirements, and access technologies include GPON, DOCSIS and DSL. Silva discusses how RDK helps to unify its operations, and the benefits of using a common RDK software stack.
RDK provides a common way to collect data feeds from customer premise equipment and Silva and Steve Heeb, President at RDK Management, consider why this matters to operators and what it helps them to achieve. Silva also explains why Altice chose to work with RDK.
This panel also reviews RDK support for apps onboarding, which includes the option of the pre-integrated Metrological App Store. Jeroen Ghijsen, CEO and Co-Founder at Metrological (which is now part of Comcast) considers the importance of providing a full-flavour app offering on operator set-top boxes and whether Pay TV providers are looking to differentiate their streaming service aggregation with more local and more niche content.
Steve Heeb discusses the branching of RDK code to create MSO features that are then brought back into the global branch. Service provider engineering teams are eager to contribute their code, which is different to the early days of RDK around five years ago, he reports. Heeb gives the precise figures for the number of clones of the code repository that are being made each month and the code contributions per year.