Arris will become the first vendor to offer support for the RDK software stack across its Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) gateway product line.
Support for the set-top software stack backed by Comcast, Charter and Liberty Global, will enable operators to build a unified back-office system for managing both fiber and DOCSIS architectures. It will also simplify network provisioning, while offering carrier-grade management features and full integration with the Arris HomeAssure solution.
Arris said it is now building RDK support into the EPON version of its NVG578 PON gateway platform. This model offers operator clients the ability to add gigabit broadband and whole-home Wi-Fi (dual/tri-band 802.11ac and 802.11ax), with optional IoT support.”
The announcement was made ahead of the ANGA trade conference in Germany this week.
Some operators favor EPON equipment because of its price advantage over GPON.
"Arris has been a pioneer in RDK from the beginning—and today, we're proud to extend that leadership by supporting RDK in EPON gateways," said Larry Robinson, president of CPE for Arris, in a statement. "This decision aligns with our vision to provide a unified operations and management platform to our service provider customers who are delivering the future of Gigabit and Wi-Fi.”
“Arris’ support of RDK for its global EPON gateways is a testament to the continuous innovation of Arris and also demonstrates the versatility of the RDK open-source software," added Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management, LLC. "As service providers around the globe look to deploy fiber gateways, RDK provides a common method to manage core functionality, including home networking, IoT interfaces, device management, real time diagnostics, and more."