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Mobile multinational Telefónica turns Barcelona into its world innovation lab

Telefónica’s R&D centre in Barcelona’s 22@ technological district will lead the company’s innovation internationally and will significantly increase its staff numbers, which currently stands at 220 workers. The decision strengthens Barcelona’s position as the Mobile World Capital, as it already hosts the main event of the mobile technology industry at an international level. In total, Telefónica has 6 R&D centres spread throughout the world. Besides Barcelona, the company’s innovation centres are based in Silicon Valley, Sao Paulo, London, Tel Aviv and Madrid. The Barcelona centre is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. In the last decade, Telefónica has invested up to €200 million in its Catalan centre, €28 million of which was in 2012.

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22 June 2013 12:12 AM

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Barcelona (ACN).- Telefónica\u2019s R&D centre in Catalonia will lead the company\u2019s innovation internationally and will significantly increase its staff numbers, which currently stands at 220 workers. The decision strengthens Barcelona\u2019s position as the Mobile World Capital, since it already hosts the main event of the mobile technology industry at international level. The MWC project also includes hosting the world regulator in this industry, setting international standards. In fact, Barcelona is becoming an international business and innovation reference point in mobile technologies and smart cities. Telefónica developed its \u2018Big Data\u2019 project in its Barcelona centre, located in the city\u2019s 22@ technological district.


Telefónica\u2019s R&D centre in Barcelona is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In the last decade, the multinational has invested up to \u20AC200 million in its Catalan centre, \u20AC28 million of which was in 2012. Now, it wants to strengthen the centre and will have it lead its R&D branch. Besides the Catalan capital, Telefónica has 5 other R&D centres spread throughout the world; they are based in Silicon Valley, Sao Paulo, London, Tel Aviv and Madrid.

The Director of Barcelona\u2019s R&D centre, Pablo Rodríguez, explained that Telefónica is planning to increase the staff numbers based in this facility. \u201CTechnology is increasingly at the centre of society, which is fed by technology to go beyond. We are here to unite two worlds: technology and the Internet, and to create another world that does not exist yet. And for this reason we need to recruit people\u201D, explained Rodríguez.

One of the projects Telefónica developed in its Barcelona centre is \u2018Big Data\u2019, which allows the analysis of a great amount of data to reach conclusions that, at a later stage, can be used by government institutions. The Director of Telefónica in Catalonia, Kim Faura, explained \u2018Big Data\u2019 as \u201Cthe discovery of \u2018Big Data\u2019 was like discovering oil. And despite all that we have already done, we are still producing tar out of a raw product which we are positive that will have many more uses\u201D. Another project developed in Barcelona by the mobile multinational company is \u2018Thinking Things\u2019: a technological system that is still being tested. It will allow almost all kind of devices to be connected to the Internet wirelessly, a technology commonly known as \u201Cthe Internet of things\u201D.

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  • A visual explanation of Telefónica's Thinking Things project, created in Barcelona (by A. G. Soler)