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Vodafone Moving Tech Development Hub from Silicon Valley to London

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Vodafone is planning to move its technology development hub from Silicon Valley to London, UK to cover its its global product and services innovation and development activity in Europe, Africa and India.

The hub for Vodafone xone, which will move from its existing base in Silicon Valley to the UK capital, will be responsible for the global development and incubation of new and emerging technologies that complement and augment Vodafone's existing products and services.

A team of engineers, technical architects and designers will develop new apps and services that complement Vodafone's existing strategy; and build prototypes for those services.

Vodafone also plans to consolidate and expand its xone technology and marketing teams in London who will work with their colleagues globally to bring new products and services to market.

Pratapa Bernard has been appointed as the new head of Vodafone xone reporting to Stefano Parisse, Vodafone's consumer services director. Pratapa formerly led Vodafone's consumer services business in emerging markets and succeeds Fay Arjomandi who has decided to leave Vodafone to pursue other opportunities.

Stefano Parisse, Vodafone's consumer services director, said: "Establishing a new hub for Vodafone xone in London will bring our product development team closer to the customers it serves. It will allow us to draw on a vast pool of technology talent in the UK and Europe and simplify our development process, enabling us to get the very latest technology into the hands of our customers as quickly as possible."

Vodafone Ventures, Vodafone's capital investment arm, will maintain its headquarters in California and will continue to work with early-stage start-ups in the USA. Vodafone Global Enterprise will also maintain its presence in Silicon Valley.

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