It was reported that Huawei Technologies will invest 70 million Euros, or $90.6 million, over a five-year period to establish a research and development center in Helsinki, Finland. Moreover, the R&D’s first task is to build software for smartphones and tablets that are based on Android and Windows Phone 8.
Huawei’s Opportunistic Plans
Currently the world’s fifth largest smartphone vendor in terms of unit sales, Huawei wants to enter the top three by taking advantage of Nokia’s continuing struggles. As pointed out by Neil Mawston, Strategy Analytics’ executive director:
Huawei is being a little opportunistic in that it knows there will be a lot of well-qualified Nokia people in Helsinki area who will be looking for alternative employment.
There were reports that the company plans to recruit 30 employees for their upcoming R&D center. Huawei also eyes hiring more than 100 staff over five years, based on a statement that was issued last Monday.
Their initial projects will focus on software development for smartphones, tablets and other types of devices that are based on Android and Windows Phone 8. Huawei’s Helsinki R&D center will join an already established modem and technology design center in Sweden, as well as a user interface research center in UK.
On the other hand, Huawei is yet to announce their first smartphone that is based on Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system.
Huawei in Nordic Countries
Huawei has a history of investing in Nordic countries. In fact, the company celebrated the tenth year of its arrival in Sweden, which is the home country of Ericsson. Ericsson happens to be their biggest rival in the mobile network sector.
As of the moment, Huawei employs over 7,000 people across Europe.
Huawei, to Manage Three UK’s Network
In another Huawei news, ZDNet reported that the company signed a managed services agreement the UK operator—Three.
Huawei will manage Three’s core network and transport network. Their ICT applications is also included in the deal, although Huawei is subcontracting that part to systems integrator Tech Mahindra. As stated by Three UK chief Dave Dyson:
The decision to select Huawei to manage core network operations follows a rigorous procurement process. We chose the partner that best met our requirements and which matched our long-term vision of how our network should be managed.
Based on their terms of agreement, “a number of permanent roles” will move over from Three to Huawei and Tech Mahindra. This meant that “existing team experience” would continue to support the operator’s core network management.