We Help Drive U.S. Innovation While Bringing Competition
Each year, we invest about 20% of our U.S. revenue into local R&D. In 2010, our U.S. R&D investment totaled $135 million. Our flagship R&D center in Silicon Valley employees 600 people and is leading our global efforts in developing enterprise solutions, such as telepresence and cloud computing.
That level of investment and commitment to innovation is a major reason Huawei holds one of the largest patent portfolios in the world: In 2010, the World Intellectual Property Organization ranked our company No. 4 for international patent applications across all industries. We ranked second in 2009, and were in first place in 2008. More than 3,100 of our patent applications originated in the U.S.
Our innovations are central to important cutting-edge technologies, including ultra-broadband solutions, such as 100G super-fast data transmission, and LTE and WiMAX wireless networks.
In addition to our state-of-the-art R&D centers, we invest in partnerships with institutions of higher education to help create the next generation of American telecommunications experts. We have sponsored and collaborated with universities across the nation, investing more than $10 million in 2010 to support programs at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, Georgia Tech, UT Austin, UT Dallas, Washington University and Yale University.
At Huawei, we have demonstrated in markets all over the globe that competition spurs innovation. By offering American cable and telecom carriers an alternative to traditional telecommunications vendors, we bring competition, which will lead to improved technology and services for end-users; savings for carriers that can be passed on to businesses and consumers; and, ultimately, affordable, ubiquitous mobile broadband for all Americans. Also, our reasonably priced smartphones and tablets put these highly sought-after devices into the hands of consumers ignored by makers of expensive devices, which in turn gives carriers a new, untapped audience for data-driven revenue.