Huawei has delivered in the last year 20 million smart phones worldwide according to IDC data reaching sixth place in the market for mobile devices (including tablets), but has not forgotten her world ranking of number two for telecommunications equipment. And sinks the shot in Europe in the field of photonics and optical communication in a time when rivals such as Alcatel Lucent show weakness in this market segment.
Huawei has announced its’ acquisition of the Centre for Integrated Photonics Ltd (CIP), which had close relations, the East of England Development Agency (EEDA). The CIP, based in Ipswich, will be managed directly by Huawei and will form the heart of research and development in the United Kingdom, a key pawn on the chessboard of centers of competence in the World Huawei.
The CIP is a particular focus on research and development of new optical solutions, focusing on the company’s commitment in the study of next-generation solutions. Huawei has invested steadily in Britain over the last ten years.
In 2011, the company has announced plans to double its workforce in the UK, reaching one thousand units, and has opened a European Design Center for their mobile devices.
The investment in the CIP follows the inauguration of the World Center of Competence on Microwave Technology in Milan, which includes an investment for Huawei to over 100 million by 2015.