LONDON: Facebook has announced its plans to open an engineering office in London, its first engineering office outside the United States.
The new office, which will be based at Facebook’s new British headquarters in Covent Garden, will focus on the crucial and fiercely competitive field of mobile technology
It will focus on its services for third party app developers as well as its mobile products, which are seen as vital to its future success.
According to the Telegraph, Facebook sees London as a ‘hotbed’ of mobile development talent.
The new team will bring Britain closer to the heart of Facebook’s operations, the report said.
“London is a perfect fit for Facebook engineering – it’s a global hub, and it has a vibrant local start-up community with lots of great technical talent,” Philip Su, a Facebook engineer wrote in a post on the social networking site.
“Our team in London will start small, focusing on building a core of great engineers, and then grow over time and eventually focus on building products in key areas like mobile and platform,” he added.