Artist's impression of the refurbished bulding which will be home to the Vodafone-UMA technology hub. SUR
Vodafone puts finishing touches to its new tech campus

Vodafone puts finishing touches to its new tech campus

The multinational expects to invest 225m euros in running the research and development hub in association with Malaga University



Friday, 17 February 2023, 11:09


Vodafone is finishing work on its technology 'campus' in Malaga city which is due to open this coming spring in partnership with the city's university.

The project is part of a significant investment in growing research and development expertise on the Costa del Sol. The centre will be in the former school of nursing building north of the city centre in the Martíricos area, close to the Rosaleda football stadium.

The British-based tech giant signed a deal with the University of Malaga (UMA) earlier this year to promote R&D projects based on the real needs of business. Both entities will work together in the development of projects linked to the internet of Things (IoT), 5G, MPN and OpenRAN.

This 'campus' will be a second home for the Vodafone Innovation Hub that opened a year ago next to the city's main María Zambrano station. In this first year of operation, the multinational has managed to bring together more than 300 professionals in that R&D centre, but it is still halfway there, as its goal is to reach 600 workers by the end of 2023 or early 2024. The former nursing building will be the base for staff from the innovation hub itself and specific projects developed in collaboration with Malaga University.

Profile of workers

Among the profiles of worker Vodafone is looking for to join its R&D team in Malaga are; product and solution architects, 'scrum master' project managers, software engineers, developers (front-end and back-end), data engineers, UX experts, experts in digital sales processes, data analysts, Cloud developers, experts in innovation and financing projects, Blockchain and cybersecurity experts, as well as human resources and IT staff.

Vodafone will invest 225 million euros over five years in the hub in Malaga, a project that is part of Vodafone's plan to bring on board almost 7,000 software engineers across Europe by 2025 through a combination of recruitment and skills training for current employees.

Jesús Amores, head of Vodafone Innovation Hub, said: "The opening of this new Vodafone-University of Malaga campus reinforces the company's commitment to the Spanish market and the drive to train new digital talent, which is key to the development of our research and innovation ecosystem in an environment as conducive as the city of Malaga."

José Ángel Narváez, Rector of the University of Malaga, said that the close partnership between Vodafone and the UMA is "a very important initiative for the training of our students, graduates and research groups, who will have the opportunity to participate in building the technologies of the future from Malaga."

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