STAMFORD, Conn., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) today announced that construction has begun on the Charter Technology and Engineering Center (CTEC), which will house its Advanced Engineering teams, a large testing lab and resources from the Product, IT, Network Operations and Care teams necessary to move Charter's projects through the development lifecycle. The 85,000 square foot research and development facility is located in the Compark Business Campus Metropolitan District, unincorporated Douglas County, Colorado. The Center will be operational by year end.
The new facility will ultimately accommodate more than 200 technical staff, including 55 new full-time employees and 45 new full-time contract positions. Charter's engineering and testing professionals will prototype new solutions to meet current and future needs of customers and certify them for deployment into its networks.
"Charter is pleased to build our lab in Colorado, a state with a long and impressive history in the cable industry," said Jay Rolls, Charter Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer. "Taking technical innovations from concept to customer involves a great deal of integration and testing. Having a state-of-the-art facility will allow Charter to expedite that process and give us an even higher degree of confidence in successfully rolling out amazing new innovations."
This new CTEC environment, which is double the size of the company's current labs, will enable Charter to continue to accelerate the pace of innovation and enhance the Charter customer experience. The raised-floor, climate-controlled lab environment will be filled with the hundreds of racks of equipment necessary to develop and test Charter's residential and commercial service offerings for high speed Internet, video, voice, and mobile apps.
"CTEC is where we will move solutions through the product development cycle, from proof-of-concept, to Quality Assurance testing, to certification of readiness for launch, all focused on new cable telecommunications technologies," said Rolls. "We also felt Denver was a great high tech recruiting location. There's a large base of talent in the area, and it is also attractive to candidates who would consider moving. It's a great environment where we can work on future technology and innovation."
About Charter Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter TV® video entertainment programming, Charter Internet® access, and Charter Phone®. Charter Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at charter.com.