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About Huawei in the UK

Huawei opened its first office in the UK in 2001 and is mainland China’s largest investor into the UK. The company has 15 offices across the UK and 890 employees, planned to rise to 1,500 by 2017. Huawei will continue to expand its investment in the UK in the coming years, and is planning to invest £650 million and procure £650 million in services by 2017. In 2011, Huawei opened its UK R&D centre in Ipswich after acquiring CIP, the centre for integrated photonics. In April 2013, Huawei opened a new UK headquarters in Green Park, Reading.

Our customers and products

Huawei offers a range of next generation end-to-end telecoms and IT network solutions to mobile and fixed line operators and providers of enterprise networks.

Huawei UK is focused on providing customers with a seamless convergent telecommunications experience anytime, anywhere, through any terminal.

Huawei UK has three business groups (BG): Network BG, Enterprise BG and Consumer BG. The full product portfolio includes wireless products, smartphones and other mobile broadband products. Huawei UK Enterprise Solutions also provide a data communication product portfolio, supported by a traditional partner network and offering customers
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Major Milestones for Huawei UK Over the Last Twelve Years


  • Huawei relocates its new headquarters to Reading
  • Huawei launches the World’s Fastest 4G LTE Smartphone in Mobile World Congress


  • Ren Zhengfei, Huawei CEO and founder, announces a £1.3 billion investment and procurement plan for the UK at a meeting with David Cameron
  • EE selects Huawei to deploy its 4G network
  • Huawei provides YouView set-top box for TalkTalk
  • Conducts 5G research with University of Surrey
  • Wins Three UK managed service agreement


  • 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 with Phones 4u
  • Acquires CIP Technologies, a world-class photonics laboratory in Ipswich


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


  • Conducts successful live LTE trail with Telefonica O2 UK
  • Signs strategic partnership agreement with Vodafone Group


  • Joins The Prince’s Trust in order to support British youth
  • Vodafone awards Huawei 2007 Global Supplier Award for Outstanding Performance


  • First operator branded 3G handset on sale with Vodafone
  • Huawei changes its logo to reflect its principles of customer focus, innovation, sustainable growth& harmony


  • 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


  • Opens UK Headquarters in Basingstoke
  • Over 100 staff employed in UK


  • Opens first representative office in London