Chris Bastian has joined the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) as senior vice president and CTO.
Bastian played a leading role in putting Comcast on the map as far as WiFi, advanced broadband and telecommunications security developments are concerned. Under his leadership, Comcast grew into a market leader and SCTE is keen to tap on his experience.
The CTO office became vacant following the departure of its previous holder Daniel Howard. In the last three decades, he has also gained experience working at RCN and the National Security Agency in the same capacity. He has been at Comcast for more than ten years where he recently had been executive director focusing on Comcast’s Xfinity WiFi network.
LightReading reported that Bastian will be responsible for all areas of technology and engineering to ensure that SCTE and ISBE maintain a leadership role in standardizing and operationalizing advanced technology, including the SCTE Standards Program and the SCTE Engineering Committee as well as efforts such as SCTE’s Energy 2020 program.
“Harnessing the power of new services, maintaining the integrity of our networks and ensuring our customers’ security are among the objectives that will define cable’s future success,” Mark Dzuban, the president and CEO of SCTE and ISBE observed. “Chris Bastian’s strong record of accomplishment in those areas, his background with large and small MSOs and his leadership abilities all made him an ideal fit for our CTO position.”
Tony Werner, chairman of the board of directors for SCTE and executive vice president and CTO at Comcast Cable had full praises for Bastian. “Chris Bastian has the industry vision, the knowledge base and the interpersonal skills to address the broad range of cable technologies, and his background in WiFi, DOCSIS 3.1 and cyber security will be of particular value in the years ahead.” He held several top positions at Comcast during his tenure.
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