Having worked on its virtualized “CableOS” platform for cable networks for nearly a decade and with deployments now spanning millions of cable modems, Harmonic is exploring the idea of opening it up to third-party developers
“I think it could” be opened up to others, Harmonic CEO Patrick Harshman said at the recent 25th Annual Needham Growth Conference. “We’ve had a couple of conversations that way.”
Harshman didn’t set a potential timetable for opening up CableOS to others, but he said Harmonic is at least looking into it and learning about what might resonate with our customers.
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“We don’t think we’re going to do everything,” Harshman said. “Being able to operate and collaborate and use other tools and capabilities is part of the opportunity.”
CableOS scale approaching 11 million modems served
If the idea comes to fruition, it could open the door to developers that currently fall outside the scope of Harmonic’s CableOS ecosystem. It also surfaces as Harmonic continues to build scale for CableOS, a cloud-native, virtualization platform initially designed for hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) networks that is also being applied to fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks.