Huawei chooses Helsinki and doubles the size of its research operations in Europe.
High-tech ICT giant Huawei announced today that it will invest 70 million euros over a five-year period to establish an R&D center in Helsinki, Finland. The strategic investment reflects Huawei’s deep and long-term commitment to Europe and will strengthen the company’s R&D capabilities, augmenting to over 70,000 employees currently engaged in R&D worldwide.
The Finnish R&D center will be a key driver in Huawei’s research and development of new technologies for mobile devices. Initial projects will focus on software development for smartphones, tablets and rich-media devices, optimizing the user experience of existing operating systems such as Android and Windows Phone 8. From the outset, Huawei plans to recruit 30 employees for the center, with the goal of hiring more than 100 employees over five years.
“The open and innovative environment in Finland is an ideal place for Huawei to strengthen our global R&D capabilities for devices, creating opportunities for both Huawei and the Finnish telecommunications industry” said Kenneth Fredriksen, Vice-President, Huawei Central, Eastern and Nordic Europe.
From Finland’s end China Finland Golden Bridge Innovation Center, a transparent service platform supported by both governments of Finland and China, has been the main contributor in helping Huawei in their investment decision.