Cisco has announced that it is making its service provider customer premise equipment (CPE) routing software available in open-source format. That means that RDK Management can use it with the Reference Design Kit (RDK) on future devices other than set-top boxes, such as modems, routers or converged gateways.
"The RDK was created to provide greater transparency and standardisation of customer-premises equipment, in order to accelerate the pace of new service introductions," said Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management. "To date, most of the RDK development has been focused on set-top boxes and gateway devices. Cisco's open-source contribution of routing software is an important step to help bring the RDK to a new class of broadband devices."
The RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common framework for powering CPE from TV service providers. Cisco's open-source contribution is planned to be a key component of future RDK-based broadband products, building upon open-source components by adding a flexible control plane to enable a modular component-based framework. As with the current RDK for video services, this approach would allow operators to utilize the same stack across multiple CPE.
"We are providing a key foundation for more and faster innovation in the telecommunications industry using open-source software; it's a win for everyone and especially subscribers," said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president and general manager for service provider video Infrastructure. "Our proven technology portfolio and role advising leading global service providers makes us specially equipped to help develop and implement the industry's new open-source standard for broadband services to the home."