Balan Nair, the EVP and CTO of Liberty Global has been named co-chair of Energy 2020, an initiative of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) that has set a wide range of goals to reduce the industry’s power consumption.
Aiming to extend the program internationally, Nair will head it up in tandem with John Schanz, EVP and chief network officer of Comcast Cable.
Introduced last June and outlined at this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, Energy 2020’s targets include a 20% reduction of power consumption on a unit basis, a 15% energy cost reduction on a unit basis, and a 10% cut in grid dependency, and to optimize the power used in headends and data centers by 25%.
SCTE Energy 2020 resources will be available worldwide through SCTE’s global brand, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE).
Nair has also been tapped as program committee chairman for the 2015 Cable-Tec Expo, set to run from October 13-16 in New Orleans.
“Maximizing the potential of Energy 2020 requires an international approach that will enable MSOs to leverage global technologies, will expand markets for the vendor community and will increase the value of SCTE resources,” said Schanz, in a statement. “The contributions of Balan Nair and his Liberty Global team will be invaluable in helping us to execute on opportunities that can help achieve the targets we seek for our industry.”
“By creating a single set of objectives, cable operators and SCTE are laying the groundwork for a new wave of vendor innovation,” added Nair. “It’s important that vendors and operators worldwide participate in the creation of standards and best practices in the near term, so that the industry can reap the benefits of more efficient equipment and facilities design in the purchase cycles ahead.”