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Research & Development

Huawei has over 70,000 product and solution R&D employees, comprising more than 45% of our total workforce worldwide. We have set up 16 R&D centers in countries that include Germany, Sweden, the US, France, Italy, Russia, India, and China.

To gain a distinct competitive edge in the future, we have set up the 2012 Laboratories, which functions as the innovation, research, and platform technology development arm of the company. We focus on making continuous investments in key technologies, architectures, and standards in the ICT field and are dedicated to providing broader, smarter, and more energy-efficient pipes that require zero wait time, thereby creating a better experience for users. We work closely with partners from the industry, academia, and research institutes. Our goal is to take the lead in research, innovation, and implementation of
future networks. Huawei has also set up 28 joint innovation centers with leading carriers to translate leading technologies into a competitive edge and business success for customers.

As of December 31, 2012, Huawei had filed 41,948 patent applications in China, 12,453 under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), and 14,494 outside China. Among these applications, 30,240 patents have been granted.

As an important contributor to the ICT industry, Huawei applies standards to the industry in key standards organizations and key standards projects, participates in and supports mainstream international standards, and makes a variety of positive contributions. At the ITU, for example, Huawei took the initiative to facilitate the establishment of an organization to research Carrier SDN. Huawei is a founding member of the oneM2M global partnership project. By the end of 2012, Huawei had joined more than 150 industry standards organizations, including the 3GPP, IETF, IEEE, ITU, BBF, ETSI, ATIS, TMF, WFA, CCSA, and OMA. In 2012, Huawei submitted more than 5,000 proposals to these standards organizations and served as a board member for ETSI, ATIS, OMA, CCSA, WFA, and numerous other organizations. The company holds more than 180 positions in international standards organizations.

Huawei’s R&D expenses totaled CNY30,090 million in 2012, accounting for 13.7% of the company’s annual revenue. Of the total R&D expenses, CNY1,300 million was invested in research. Huawei has cumulatively spent more than CNY130,000 million on R&D over the last decade.