15

successful years in Europe

This year, we celebrate 15 years of Huawei in most European countries – and what an exciting, challenging and rewarding 15 years it has been. Europe is incredibly important to us, not only as a highly competitive marketplace, but also as a hot-bed of innovation and change.

In 2001, Huawei established its first offices in Europe in Basingstoke in the United Kingdom and in Eschborn near Frankfurt in Germany. These offices added to our R&D presence established a few months earlier in Sweden. We chose both locations due to the ready access to a skilled workforce and proximity to our early customers.

Following a decade and a half of successful growth throughout the continent, Huawei now operates in 33 European countries, where it has over 10 000 staff, 18 R&D centres and numerous joint innovation centres set up with partners.

From strength to strength

Being successful in Europe is critical to Huawei. In 2001, we were virtually unknown outside of China. We knew that we would have to prove ourselves time and time again to create a foothold, let alone a prosperous business, in this vibrant marketplace.

The fact that we have achieved this is proof of the commitment, dedication and skill of our colleagues, partners and customers.

Huawei’s Ken Hu greets Commissioner Ansip (right) at the Internet Summit in Brussels (6 June)

A solid partnership

But Europe always meant more to us than solely achieving market success. It is impossible to list all the aspects in which Europe has inspired and continues to inspire Huawei, but we have no doubt that Huawei today would be a very different company without the European influence and expertise.

From the outset, we worked closely and built strong relationships with partners who could open doors for us, provide support and services around our core technologies, and, importantly, help us to understand the European context and market. We still follow this pattern today and our ecosystem of partners remains an essential element in our success.

Together towards digital transformation

As we move towards a fully digitised society, we need to team up to develop an ecosystem that will enable this transformation.

Huawei is putting its considerable global weight behind digital in Europe. Our aim is to build better connections, acting as an innovative enabler for the information society, a collaborative contributor to the industry, and a responsible corporate citizen.

We work with policy makers, industry and research partners in Europe and beyond to bring hyper-connectivity to cities, homes and businesses.

Milestones

2017
‘Outstanding Contribution’ to 5G Award at MWC 2017
2016
Partnership with German camera maker Leica
2015
5G Innovation Centre opens in Surrey, UK
2015
European Research Institute opens in Leuven, Belgium
2012
Cloud storage passes CERN performance test
2011
Seeds for the Future European launch
2009
Fastest commercial mobile broadband network for TeliaSonera in Norway
2007
Vodafone Global Supplier Award
2005
Selected as preferred 21CN supplier by BT
2004
First major contract with Dutch operator Telfort
2001
Sales offices in Basingstoke, UK, and Eschborn, Germany
2000
First R&D centre in Stockholm, Sweden