Alticast’s own John Carlucci joined CED Magazine’s annual CTO roundtable along with fellow vendor CTOs from Cisco, Ericsson, ActiveVideo and Imagine Communications. The detailed article covers a wealth of topics and showcases the expertise of the interviewees. Be sure to check out the full article on CED Magazine, but in the meantime we’ve highlighted some of the key takeaways below.
- The cloud – Cloud services are taking over, and rightly so. The cloud enables services that are incredibly scalable and increasingly virtualized, which both greatly reduce operational costs for most MSOs. Cloud services and virtualization not only allow for the elastic use of resources and lead to endless flexibility in the industry, but are also key driving forces behind two of the current hottest trends: miniaturization and mobile.
. RDK – The Industry’s major players are all utilizing the Reference Design Kit (RDK), a pre-integrated software bundle developed and licensed to create a common framework for powering IP or hybrid set-top boxes and gateway devices. CE manufacturers, system-on-a-chip (SoC) vendors, software developers and system integrators have joined MSOs on the RDK bandwagon. RDK brings a standard approach, rather than a proprietary one, which is crucial to increasing the speed of innovation and keeping up as consumer trends continuously evolve.3. Internet of Things – As with other industries, the potential impact that the Internet of Things could have on the cable industry is huge. Also not unlike other industries, it’s not exactly clear what role it will play, or what issues might accompany it. As operator capacity issues go, most of the CTOs interviewed agreed that decreasing cell size will help to increase bandwidth, should capacity issues become a problem in the future as continually connected devices receive more content that ever before.
Check out the full CED interview, which delves deeper into these topics and much more, here.