Huawei, a leading global IT and telecommunications provider, reported global sales revenue for the year 2011 on 23 April 2012 with USD 32.3 billion, up 07.11 percent year on year.
Huawei Nordics had a rapid growth during 2011 with sales revenues of USD 345 million with an increase of 57 percent year on year. The company now has over 800 employees in nine offices in the Nordic region.
The main factors behind the growth have been the increased investment in research and development, and several major contracts with leading mobile operators.
Huawei Nordics CEO Gordon Luo said Scandinavia has always been a strategically important market for Huawei and over the past 10 years there have been significant investments in local research and development and in building a position as a leading telecommunications provider.
“Going forward, we will strengthen our ties to businesses and consumers to become a leading provider of IT as well as telecom and establish ourselves as one of the three major brands of smartphones,” he said.
In 2011, Huawei continued to expand in-house research and development in Sweden. Nearly 50 new employees were recruited for the development of mobile phones, antennas and system design for radio networks.
The company’s Swedish research and development organisation now employs nearly 350 people for their three offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Lund.
During the second half of 2011 were recruited Mats Andersson, Manager of the office in Gothenburg, with global responsibility for aerial development of micro base stations.
The Huawei Nordic today carries research and development in radio, base station technology, cell phones, microwaves and antennas.
On another note, in 2011, Huawei had expanded its Corporate Social Responsibility work with local communities and the education sector through a number of joint activities. In 2012, Huawei will continue efforts to strengthen its cooperation with local communities and to increase innovation with leading technical universities in Scandinavia.