Comcast Expands Silicon Valley Presence

Comcast said it has expanded its Silicon Valley Innovation Center, a facility that has grown from 60 employees when it launched in 2011 to a one that now serves as the workplace home for about 250 engineers.

Comcast marked the occasion on Tuesday with an open house that featured product demos from several of the MSO’s tech partners, including Twitter, Altia Systems (a maker of video telepresence products), and the California Telehealth Network.

Sharing similarities to the recently opened CableLabs facility in the area, Comcast said its Innovation Center was established to build partnerships with local Silicon Valley startups and larger established companies, and to help the operator develop and commercialize new technologies and products, including X1 platform, the recently launched SEEiT platform, and the MSO’s Xfinity Home Security App.

The Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center is part of Comcast’s broader technology arm, Comcast Labs, which also operates development centers in Seattle, Philadelphia, Denver, and Washington, D.C.

“The expansion of our Silicon Valley Innovation Center underscores our commitment toward advancing technology innovation across our platforms and our entire industry,” said Justin Miller, general manager, Comcast Silicon Valley, in a statement. “We have created a really exciting, collaborative and entrepreneurial environment where incredibly talented engineers and designers from around the world are developing game changing products that have the potential to reach millions of people. This expansion will further our ability to innovate, attract top talent and forge creative partnerships, and I’m excited about the products and customer experiences that this will enable us to deliver going forward.”

“Comcast - along with NBCUniversal - is a major employer in the California technology industry, with more than 12,000 employees. In California especially, we’re in a unique position at the intersection of media and technology, bringing entertainment and broadband services to households and businesses across the state,” added Hank Fore, regional senior vice president, Comcast California.