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Pace Broadens Its RDK Ambitions

After getting a solid foothold in the U.S. at Comcast, Pace said it is planning to expand deployments of set-tops and other devices based on the Reference Design Kit (RDK) into Europe and other parts of the globe.

At this week’s ANGA COM show in Germany, Pace said it will showcase RDK products, including media servers, IP clients and dongles, as well as its RDK-ready Elements set-top software platform.

“With RDK and our open software platforms we aim to free operators from complex and proprietary solutions, giving them control over their services and their subscriber’s experience whilst minimising their total cost of ownership,” said Pace International president Jim Henderson, in a statement.

Pace, which has shipped more than 3 million RDK-complaint boxes in the U.S., is broadening its horizons as RDK Management, the joint venture of Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Liberty Global, continue to work on a 2.0 version of the preintegrated software stack that will strip out its U.S.-centric requirements and enable it for cable systems in Europe and other parts of the world that use the Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) standard.

At last check, RDK has been licensed by more than 140 companies, including MSOs such as Comcast, TWC, Liberty Global, and Kabel Deutschland. Others that are on board, or at least considering it, include Rogers Communications of Canada and Japan’s J:COM.

Pace said it will also show off a range of DOCSIS 3.0 products, including basic cable modems and multiservice gateways, and an Ultra HD-capable media server that will distribute HEVC-encoded content.