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Huawei in the United Kingdom

Huawei is a global leader in technology and ICT solutions. The company employs 180,000 people globally and its products and services can be found in more than 170 countries, serving one third of the world’s population every day. Huawei has achieved a great deal and remains profoundly ambitious in its plans for the future. It is dedicated to innovation and the development of trusted partnerships with its stakeholders, including telecom operators, businesses, consumers and government.

This spirit of innovation has led Huawei to work in close partnership with leading academic institutions in the UK to develop and refine the latest technologies. The company’s commitment to investment in R&D in the UK, through university partnerships or bespoke facilities such as the photonics centre in Ipswich, will keep the country at the forefront of global digital innovation. And through this commitment, the UK will play an increasingly significant role in helping Huawei to develop the technologies of the future that will transform the way we all communicate, work and live.

Huawei is nurturing UK talent to generate the next generation of technological breakthroughs. The company has also established R&D partnerships with over ten British universities, working together to develop cutting-edge technologies. This includes projects with world leading UK academic institutions, such as the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Cardiff and Imperial College. 

Building a Better Connected UK

Huawei is a major investor in the UK, dedicated to helping the UK to remain a leader in the global ICT sector. With 15 offices around the country, Huawei employs more than 1,400 people who are helping to build a more prosperous, more productive and more connected future for the UK. We are proud to have achieved our £1.3 billion five-year investment and procurement target for the UK announced in 2012, thereby becoming one of Britain’s largest sources of investment from China.

Since 2012 we have acquired Neul, the Cambridge-based Internet of Things company, opened a Narrowband IoT Open Lab with Vodafone, helped roll out 4G and broadband networks around the UK for customers including EE and BT, and begun pioneering the development of 5G technologies.

In 2016 we celebrated our first 15 years in the UK, launched the Huawei P9, which we co-engineered with LEICA, entered a partnership with BT to research network slicing, and signed a three year MoU with UKTI (now Department of International Trade), which demonstrates our commitment to even higher standards of corporate governance as a springboard for further growth and success in the UK and beyond.