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Cable Technology Feature Article

February 02, 2010

SCTE Charts New Initiative for Cable Operators to Take Advantage of 'Green' Strategies

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, or “SCTE,” a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry, has stated that their newly charted Smart Energy Management Initiative, or “SEMI,” is designed to help cable operators make full use of the financial and economical advantages of following “green” strategies.  
According to SCTE officials, the new initiative is derived from their expertise in the application of environmentally-friendly and sustainable procedures and products and is intended to help cable operators realize efficient business and operational benefits.
Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE, said that the continued growth and unpredictability of energy costs and the need to safely retire CPE gear and other network devices are problems that every cable operator is going to need to deal with over the next five to 10 years. The company believes that a “best practices” approach to energy systems can provide greater control over expenses; has the potential to reduce the energy costs of individual systems by as much as 30 percent; and can help the industry to take equipment offline in the safest manner possible.
SCTE with this initiative has said that they have targeted several key areas, including: energy management processes and products that minimize operational expenses; beneficial renewable Energy technologies; and Recycling and Recovery techniques that can minimize the disposal effects of outdated equipment.
What’s more, company officials said that they have over four decades of experience in serving the industry and helping to address the needs of its members. They had previously developed the SCTE Green Pavilion and General Session—a platform for promoting energy–efficient technologies and solutions across the cable telecommunications industry. The SEMI program is built on the positive feedbacks they had received for the green pavilion platform.
The SCTE SEMI effort is intended to include both near-term recommendations that could produce immediate benefits, as well as more ambitious activities that are expected to significantly reduce Total Cost of Ownership.
Recently, SCTE and CommScope promoted quality broadband installations.  

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire