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Partnering to add value

The R&D team in Vodafone develops disruptive value opportunities for Vodafone. We identify future enablers and technology platforms with high value potential and the scope to scale, and we advance those with the greatest potential. By working with key innovation leaders, we build demonstrations and early proof points to experiment, learn, iterate, inspire, and create a market advantage.

We work with a range of strategic partners, including:

  • World-leading academic teams, with whom we may sponsor research in high potential areas
  • The research and advanced-technology divisions of other major industry players
  • Well-founded start-ups, where our strategy may involvement investment or acquisition.

We work with speed, agility, and a minimum of bureaucracy. Our in-house lab allows us to carry out experiments, trials, and proofs of concept and value at low cost and with extremely short lead-in times. This is important at multiple stages of the R&D process, from assessing technologies in isolation, through integrating, testing, and enhancing them in a telecomms context, to engaging with the rest of business and ensuring commercial engagement and alignment.

Join us and let’s disrupt together

As well as identifying and advancing technologies, we understand the importance of ecosystem building for those technologies to succeed and deliver value. As a member of our R&D team, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in or lead Vodafone’s engagement with relevant industry organisations, where as well as being active participants we often take leadership roles (or even founder roles in new organisations, where we see an important unmet need).

Examples include:

  • 5GAA (5G Automobile Association) which is responsible for developing the technology, standards, and system architecture for advanced automotive requirements.
  • NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks), an alliance of leading international network operators aiming to ensure that the functionality and performance of next generation mobile network infrastructure, service platforms and devices will meet the requirements of operators and end users.
  • 5G ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation) to accelerate and enhance support for industry automation globally.

Our current major research areas are organised into the following technology clusters:

What’s in it for you?

  • Work with some of the smartest minds in tech, in academia and industry.
  • Immerse yourself in ground-breaking projects.
  • Contribute to outcomes that make the world, safer, greener and more connected.
  • Shape the future of 6G
  • Influence the selection and outcomes of our R&D strategy
  • Enjoy freedom and flexibility to do your best work
  • See the impact of your work at scale