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About Huawei in the UK

Huawei is a major investor in the UK, dedicated to help the UK to remain a leader in the global ICT sector. The company has 15 offices across the UK and over 1,100 employees. In November 2012 Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei announced a £1.3bn five-year investment and procurement plan. In June 2015, the Economic Impact Report of Huawei in the UK by Oxford Economics reported that Huawei is on track to meet this commitment. Huawei has made a contribution of £956m to UK GDP over the three years 2012-2014 and currently supports 7,400 jobs directly and through its supply chain. Huawei has acquired the Centre for Integrated Photonics (CIP) in 2012 and Neul, the Cambridge Internet of Things company in 2015, the company has opened a new R&D Centre in Bristol, and announced a £5m investment into the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre.

Our customers and products

Huawei’s strategy is to build a better connected UK. Its technology and employees in the UK help to connect communities every day. Since it opened its first office in the UK in 2001, Huawei has grown from being a telecoms provider to a fully integrated ICT supplier. It is now a central player in the deployment of the UK’s broadband and telecoms networks and is partnering with all the major UK operators to deliver the fastest speeds and most comprehensive connectivity.

Huawei UK has three business groups (BG): Network BG, Enterprise BG and ConsumerBG. Huawei aims to become a strategic partner for carriers in their future transformation, a leader in providing enterprise ICT infrastructure, and a top smart device brand preferred and trusted by consumers.

Chart showing Global Revenue from 2010 to 2014

2010 = USD 27.6 Bin

2011 = USD 32.4 Bin

2012 = USD35.4 Bin

2013 = USD 39.5 Bin

2014 = USD 46.5 Bin

Major Milestones for Huawei UK Over the Last 14 Years – Infographics Chart


  • Opens first office in London


  • Opens UK headquarters in Basingstoke
  • Staff employed in the UK exceeds 100


  • Becomes a preferred vendor for BT’s 21CN network
  • Becomes an approved supplier for Vodafone’s global supply chain
  • Opens UK customer training centre
  • Builds the first MSAN network for TalkTalk
  • Establishes UK Technical Assistance Centre


  • Becomes strategic partner to BT for provision of Superfast Broadband
  • Establishes UK Cyber Security Evaluation Centre in Banbury
  • Wins The Economist Corporate Usage Innovation Award


  • Establishes UK Advisory Board
  • Wins contract with EE to upgrade its 2G network
  • Launches undergraduate work experience scheme
  • Launches ‘Blaze’, the first Huawei-branded handset
  • Acquires CIP Technologies, a world-class photonics laboratory in Ipswich


  • Ren Zhengfei, Huawei CEO and founder, announces an investment and procurement plan for the UK at a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron
  • Huawei commits to investing £1.3 billion in the UK over the next five years
  • EE selects Huawei to deploy its 4G network
  • Provides YouView set-top box for TalkTalk


  • Opens new headquarters in Reading
  • Announces opening of new R&D centres in Cork City and Dublin, Ireland
  • George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer visits Huawei headquarters, and meets Ren Zhengfei
  • Launches world’s fastest LTE network in London with EE
  • Announces Global Finance Centre in the City of London
  • Awarded Vodafone Responsible Supplier of the Year


  • Becomes Arsenal Football Club Official Smartphone Partner
  • Announces partnership with Imperial College to open joint science innovation lab
  • Partners with Vodafone on Project Spring deployment
  • Announces opening of R&D Centre in Bristol
  • Invests £5 million into University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre


  • Announces New UK Board – Lord Browne of Madingley as Chairman, Dame Helen Alexander, Sir Andrew Cahn join as Non-Executive Directors
  • Commissions Oxford Economics to conduct an Economic Impact Report of Huawei in the UK
  • Contributes £955.9 million to UK GDP over the three years 2012-2014 and supports 7,400 jobs
  • Sends 32 UK undergraduates to China as part of Huawei’s Seeds for the future programme