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Vodafone joins prpl Foundation to spur open-source innovation in the digital home

By Nick Flaherty

UK network operator Vodafone has joined the prpl Foundation to accelerate the interoperability of software platforms for home devices such as smart routers.

The Foundation was initially set up by MIPS-owner Imagination Technologies as an open-source, community-driven consortium with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices.

Vodafone Group’s head of fixed devices, connectivity and security, Enrique Marti del Olmo, will join the prpl Board of Directors, prpl’s Carrier Interest Group and the prplWrt Working Group to help make routers more open, interoperable and secure.

“With the formation of our Carrier Interest Group last year, we set out to strengthen the ties between telecommunications carriers, major chipset vendors and key open-source developers such as those in the OpenWrt community,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation. “Vodafone’s engineers have been closely following the work of our Carrier Interest Group and prplWrt working group for many months, and now with Vodafone’s active participation and planned open-source contributions, we expect the pace of innovation to accelerate.”

“Vodafone endorses the important open-source and specification work of the prpl Foundation. Increasingly, we see open-source software and open standards as critical to the successful deployment of fixed broadband devices like routers and the next generation of in-home services. By working together with prpl’s industrial and community members to integrate carrier-grade features into open-source platforms and establish open APIs, we believe we can improve quality, increase security and streamline development of fixed broadband products for the digital home market,” said del Olmo.

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