Balan Nair


Liberty Latin America names DISH’s Khemka as technology chief

Liberty Latin America, the cable and telecom operator that split off from Liberty Global and which provides services across Latin America and the Caribbean, has named Vivek Khemka as its new chief technology officer, starting in September. Khemka, whose full title will be SVP and chief technology and product offer, was previously EVP and chief […]

Liberty Latin America turns in improved performance

Liberty Latin America, the company split off from Liberty Global to develop its quad-play offering in the Latin American and Caribbean markets, posted an improved performance in the second quarter, adding 61,000 revenue-generating units thanks to strong broadband gains despite ongoing falls in revenue and operating income. The company’s Cable & Wireless unit in the […]

Liberty Latin America makes first acquisition in Costa Rica

Liberty Latin America has made its first big acquisition since becoming an independent company, acquiring an 80% stake in Costa Rica cable operator Cabletica. The all-cash deal values Televisora de Costa Rica-owned Cabletica at CRC143 billion (€200 million), representing a multiple of 6.3 times the company’s 2017 financial year EBITDA. Televisora will retain a 20% […]

Liberty Latin America set for independent life from end of year

Liberty Global’s Latin American and Caribbean arm is to become an independent company – Liberty Latin America – with shares trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market from January 2. The ‘record date’ for the split-off has been set for December 26, with distribution of common shares to take place on December 29. Holders of […]

Liberty Global likely to move to common UI ‘at some point’

Liberty Global intends “at some point to have [its] entire European digital footprint operating on a common platform and perhaps a common UI”, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts after Liberty announced its Q3 results, Fries said that the company was “heading towards a common video platform everywhere in Europe, which […]

Liberty Global appoints Nair as CEO of LatAm

Liberty Global’s chief technology and innovation officer, Balan Nair, is set to become president and CEO of Liberty’s Latin American and Caribbean arm once it is spun off. Liberty Global said Nair will remain in his current role until its LatAm operation is split-off into a separate public company, which is expected to take place […]

Liberty to launch cloud DVR recordings next year

Liberty Global is planning to launch cloud DVR recording across its footprint in February, in its latest cloud TV move. Speaking at a ‘CTO roadmap’ panel at IBC, Liberty’s executive vice-president and chief technology officer, Balan Nair, said that the new functionality would build on the cloud-powered catch-up services that Liberty already offers throughout its […]

Virgin Media in management shake-up after over-counting new homes

Liberty Global has suspended four Virgin Media employees after being forced to reassess the number of homes it has built out as part of its high-profile Project Lightning investment. Liberty admitted in an SEC filing that it had previously over-counted the number of new homes connected to its UK network by 151,000 homes as a […]

Liberty Global: 5G ‘makes no sense’ as substitute for fixed networks

5G is not ready for wide-scale rollouts and the technology “makes no sense” as a substitute for fixed-line access, according to Balan Nair, CTO of Liberty Global. Speaking at Cable Congress yesterday, Nair said that the use of higher frequencies – key to plans for 5G networks – was challenging and that significant investment would […]

TiVo revamp, EOS will be huge ‘step up’, says Virgin Media’s Mockridge

Virgin Media’s launch of parent Liberty Global’s EOS box and the rebranding of its TiVo-based advanced TV service under the Virgin TV name will mark “a very significant step-up” in its ability to deliver on-demand programming across multiple platforms, according to CEO Tom Mockridge. Speaking on an analyst call after Liberty Global unveiled strong Q2 […]