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December 20, 2019
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Open RDK-B platform integrates managed Wi-Fi 6 capabilities to deliver multi-user gigabit services throughout the home.

As the global transition to DOCSIS 3.1 accelerates, Technicolor, known as Vantiva, passed a notable milestone, shipping over 10 million DOCSIS 3.1 units, illustrating the worldwide leadership Technicolor has established since the launch of DOCSIS 3.1. Over the course of 2019, Technicolor has secured a 32 percent share of the market.

“This makes Technicolor the number one partner of choice for enabling the deployment of this Ultra Broadband Gigabit technology,” says Marcin Godlewski, Director of Product Management for Technicolor.

Much has already been said about North America’s large operators leading the way in deployment, but major operators in South America and Europe have also taken considerable strides in deploying DOCSIS 3.1. Expectations for other markets to begin deployments in 2020 are high.

There are a number of factors to watch as operators that have deployed in the early stages complete their DOCSIS 3.1 initiatives and set their sights on the next advancement in technology.

Integrating DOCSIS 3.1 with Wi-Fi 6

“The entrance of Wi-Fi 6 in the upcoming year looms large as it provides improved connectivity to all areas of the home. When this is combined with the near 50% leap in bandwidth that DOCSIS 3.1 offers, Wi-Fi 6 gateways and extenders provide connectivity with lower latency, higher speeds – and support for the growing number of devices that are now in operation in subscribers’ homes,” Godlewski says.

The advancements of combined DOCSIS 3.1 and Wi-Fi 6 solutions are supported by the emergence of more open software made possible by RDK-B. It is ushering in a host of new value-added applications that can be installed on DOCSIS 3.1 gateways.

“RDK-B enables the development of more efficient functionalities and reduces the time it takes to bring new services to market. This is because developers only need to create one set of software for DOCSIS 3.1 gateways – as opposed to creating multiple versions to support a range of proprietary devices. The ability to quickly create and deploy new applications and services enables NSPs to better deliver the new services that subscribers want,” explains Godlewski.

“Technicolor has been – and continues to be – a major leader in driving the development of RDK-B software for DOCSIS 3.1 gateways. We have made our software available to this open-source community for more than five years. As the RDK-B community continues to grow at a rapid pace, operators will be better able to more quickly develop and deploy new features and applications – such as: security, IoT orchestration and whole-home WiFi management.”

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