RDK adoption surges globally
March 20, 2018 09.38 Europe/London By Robert Briel
More than 40 million devices running RDK (Reference Design Kit) deployed by operators worldwide, the RDK Management announced at the 2018 Connected TV World Summit in London.
“With more than 40 million RDK-based set-top boxes and broadband gateways deployed globally, it’s clear that service providers, and their suppliers, have found a prime open source software development platform upon which to drive future growth and innovation,” said Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management, LLC.
“Our transparent approach to solving common technical challenges enables operators to focus their efforts on creating the UIs, applications and back-end data analytics that enhance the customer experience and business results. Our community will also be there with solutions, beyond TV and Internet, as the industry expands into IoT and new kinds of smart home services.”
Since last spring, the number of RDK devices deployed globally rose to 40 million from 25 million, an increase of more than 62%. Companies that have publicly announced deployment plans for RDK-based services include: Comcast, Cox, J:COM, Liberty Global, Melita, NOS, NOWO, Rogers, Shaw, Tele Columbus, Vidéotron, and Vodafone (formerly Kabel Deutschland).
In total, more than 25 video and service providers across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia are members of the RDK community and are in various stages of evaluation, testing, trials, or deployment.
RDK Management also disclosed that there are now more than 350 technology companies in the RDK community, up 17% from this same period last year. The community includes many CE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, and system integrators.