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Mayor of Reading Visits Huawei's UK HQ

2019.07.12


Reading, 12th July 2019: Global telecommunications provider Huawei today hosted the Mayor of Reading; Cllr Paul Woodward at its UK headquarters in Reading. This is the first visit to Huawei’s facilities the Mayor has made since officially assuming the role in May 2019.

Huawei has operated from its UK HQ situated in Reading’s Green Park since 2012 with over 800 people based there, the visit from the Mayor was welcomed by employees as he toured the facilities with Huawei UK CEO, Jerry Wang.

The Mayor experienced all things 5G by paying a visit to Huawei’s 5G Experiential. Powered by 5G, the hub features several ‘demo zones’ each dedicated to showcasing how emerging 5G cloud-based services will transform the mobile consumer experience across Cloud VR, Cloud Gaming and Cloud PC. The Huawei 5G Experiential is currently on a nationwide tour of the UK and will be making stops at various events and locations over the coming months.

Huawei UK CEO Jerry Wang said:” It is a pleasure to host the Mayor of Reading today at our UK headquarters. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of the exciting things we are working on, demonstrate the work we are doing in the community and instill a sense of pride at some of the leading innovations that our being developed and worked on right here in the heart of Berkshire”.

“Reading has been our UK base of operations since 2012 and these facilities have allowed us to significantly grow our workforce in the UK. We have been made to feel very welcomed by the community and it is our utmost priority to ensure we are giving back and supporting at a local community level also. This is something that we take very seriously at Huawei and something I am personally keen to continue to make a success of.”

The Mayor’s appearance at Huawei’s HQ also prompted the attendance of local media, with his delegation of seven also including Reading Borough Council’s Deputy Leader; Cllr Tony Page and Chief Executive Peter Sloman.

In 2018 Huawei supported nearly 4,300 jobs directly and indirectly in the South East of England and consistently invests in jobs growth in the UK supporting around 26,200 jobs nationwide either directly, indirectly or induced. £1.3m was committed to staff training alone in 2018.

Huawei Global Senior Vice President Victor Zhang said: “We very much welcome the Mayor’s visit today to our UK headquarters. Reading Borough Council have been a dedicated and supportive partner to Huawei since our arrival here and long may our relationship continue.”

“I am sure the Mayor enjoyed touring our 5G Experiential where we are currently demonstrating the many ways 5G technology will transform the mobile consumer experience. Huawei is the global leader in 5G, working with all the major telecoms companies across the globe. Our products and solutions enable are clients to provide a world leading, premium service to their customers”.

2018 also saw Huawei stimulate a sizeable contribution to GDP with 25% (£405m) of its overall contribution (£1.7bn) occurring in the South East.

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