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Huawei opens new Ireland R&D Office

Will create over 50 new R&D roles in Ireland by 2016

Dublin, Ireland, 18 November, 2015: Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, has today opened its newest Ireland R&D office in the center of Dublin’s Digital Docklands (IFSC). Over 50 new R&D jobs will be created by 2016, bringing the total to 120 Huawei employees working in R&D in Ireland.

The project is supported by the Dept of Jobs through IDA Ireland.

The new office will expand and enhance research into business innovation, network services, cloud and customer experience, as well as ICT transformation dedicated to service provider operations. It will be the lead R&D office in Ireland, working in conjunction with Huawei’s other R&D locations in Dublin, Cork and Athlone. The company will have invested €35m in R&D in the Irish economy in 2015, supporting the growing technology ecosystem in Ireland.

Huawei Ireland will expand its STEM and education initiatives through its flagship CSR programme, ‘Seeds for the future’, to further support the Dublin facility’s core focus of cloud innovation.

Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation said: “creating a world-class ecosystem for scientific research is a key part of our Action Plan for Jobs, and over recent years we have put in place a range of measures to improve the environment in this area. Today’s announcement that Huawei, a truly global leader in this sector, is locating a major R&D office in Dublin and creating 50 high-end jobs is a great boost. We will continue to implement measures to improve our output of skilled workers in this area, and I look forward to working with all the team at Huawei as they roll out this major investment”.

Commenting on the investment, Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland said: “Huawei is a truly global and highly recognisable brand, and IDA Ireland is delighted to partner closely with the company across its four R&D sites in Ireland. Huawei is one of the largest suppliers of mobile telecom equipment globally. The company’s decision to expand its R&D activity here in Ireland is a great endorsement of the country’s highly skilled, well-educated and technologically savvy workforce.”

Mr Zhou Hong, President, European Research Institute at Huawei said: “Each year, Huawei invests at least ten per cent of its global revenue in R&D. The opening of our newest Dublin facility highlights our long term dedication to investment and opportunities in Ireland’s technology sector. The facility will tap into Dublin’s growing clusters of cloud and technology businesses, nurturing future talent and providing additional new opportunities for highly-skilled professionals.”

Huawei has been operating in the Irish market since May 2004 and currently works with all the major telecom providers in Ireland, with its products and services now serving approximately two million people in the country. Huawei’s first Irish R&D centre opened in 2011, in Athlone, and in 2012 the company established a Customer Experience Centre in Cork. Huawei recently expanded its research and development investment in Ireland through the acquisition of Amartus in July 2015.

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