Liberty Global CTO named Energy 2020 co-chair

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 17 January 2015

Balan Nair, executive vice president and CTO of international cable behemoth Liberty Global, has been named co-chair of the cable industryís Energy 2020 plan.

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced that Nair will work directly with John Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president of Comcast Cable, to extend to the global market the industry's collaborative effort to meet ambitious targets for energy use reduction and optimisation by the end of the decade.

Energy 2020 targets include a reduction of power consumption by 20% on a unit basis, and an energy cost reduction of 25%. It also targets a reduction of grid dependency by 10%; and the optimisation of technical facilities and datacentre footprints by 20%.

Energy 2020 is intended to create alignment on standards and operational practices, to drive design and implementation of equipment, and to create SCTE training resources that will enable workforce teams to optimise technology for maximum efficiency.

"Maximising 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.

"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."