Established in 1988, Huawei Technologies is a private high-tech enterprise which specializes in research and development (R&D), production and marketing of communications equipment, and providing customized network solutions for telecom carriers in different areas. Huawei's contracted sales in 2004 reached 5.58 billion USD, an increase of 45% year on year, among which 2.28 billion USD came from international sales. Huawei's customers include China Telecom, China Mobile, China Netcom, China Unicom as well as BT, NEUF, AIS, Telefonica, Telfort, SingTel, Hutchison Global Crossing, PCCW HKT, SUNDAY, Etisalat (UAE), Telemar (Brazil) and Rostelecom (Russia). Currently Huawei provides telecom products and solutions for over 270 operators worldwide and 22 of the world's top 50 operators are using Huawei's products and solutions.
Huawei's products can be divided into the following categories: fixed network, mobile network, data communications, optical network, software & services and terminals --- ranging from switching, integrated access network, NGN, xDSL, optical transport, intelligent network, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, W-CDMA, cdma2000, a full series of routers and LAN switches, videoconferencing, terminals to other key telecom technology fields. Most important of all, Huawei products are based on its independently designed ASIC chips. Its ASIC designing capability is among the most advanced in this field worldwide. This allows Huawei to consider the needs of its customers from start to finish, from the chip to the network.
Huawei has now become a leading vendor in the industry. As far as market share is concerned, Huawei is currently No.1 in digital switches and next generation network (Dittberner), No. 2 in ADSL broadband and No.3 in optical network (RHK). Huawei has also become one of the few vendors in the world to provide end-to-end 3G solutions. Huawei UMTS has been commercially deployed in UAE, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius and the Netherlands.
In order to support its global operations Huawei has set up 55 branch offices worldwide. Eight regional headquarters and a host of customer support and training centres have been established. Several research institutes including Dallas (USA), Silicon Valley (USA), Bangalore (India), Stockholm (Sweden), Moscow (Russia), Beijing and Shanghai have been set up. Huawei's products are deployed in over 70 countries, including the United States, Germany, France, UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Russia, Brazil, Thailand, Singapore, Egypt and Nigeria.
Among Huawei's 24,000 employees (around 3,400 foreign staff), 48% are engaged in R&D. Each year, Huawei invests no less than 10% of its sales revenue into R&D. To ensure steady and sustainable growth and to sharpen the core competitive edge, Huawei emphasizes the importance of partnering with leading global players in the industry on both product development and marketing. Huawei has been cooperating with Texas Instruments, Motorola, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, Sun Microsystems and others.
Since 1997, IBM, the Hay Group, Towers Perrin, PwC, and FhG have been serving as Huawei's consultants on corporate management, human resources management, the employee stock option plan, financial management, and quality control. Huawei's financial report is audited by KPMG.
See also: List of Chinese companies
- http://www.huawei.com - The company's website
- http://www.futurewei.com - The North American subsidiary's website
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