Charter Communications has formally announced its adoption of OpenSync, an open-source managed WiFi technology developed by WiFi tech company Plume.
Charter said it’s already using OpenSync in Austin, Texas, allowing customers visibility into their home WiFi networks, as well as the ability to control the usage of individual devices.
The official announcement of the MSO’s OpenSync adoption comes as most wireline broadband providers—including much smaller cable companies—already have deployed managed WiFi services. It also comes just over a month after MCN reported the Charter-Plume partnership out of Cable-Tec Expo.
“Advanced in-home WiFi provides Spectrum Internet and WiFi customers with the ability to optimize their home networks, offering both detailed insights and providing greater control of their connected devices to deliver an unmatched home WiFi experience,” said Rich DiGeronimo, Charter’s chief product and technology officer, in a statement. “Integrating our core advanced technology and leading WiFi router with the OpenSync cloud platform and software stack allows us to nimbly deliver best-of-breed features and services.
“Approximately 300 million devices are connected to our vast network, and we take seriously our responsibility to deliver fast, reliable service, while protecting and securing our customers’ online private information,” DiGeronimo added.
OpenSync has already been adopted by Comcast and Liberty Global, among other cable companies.
“Leveraging OpenSync, Charter has taken a bold step by decoupling the curation and delivery of smart home services from the CPE hardware, gaining a massive time-to-market and scalability advantage,” said Fahri Diner co-founder and CEO of Plume.
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