[Milan, Italy, June 10, 2014]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announces that the company has set up 18 joint innovation centers (JICs) with top European carriers since its first JIC cooperation with Vodafone in 2006.Through these innovation efforts, Huawei shares the latest technologies, boosts technological advancements, and promotes innovative applications together with its European customers.
At the second European Huawei Innovation Day, held in Milan, Huawei's Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, William Xu, said, "The ancient 'Silk Road' connected China and Europe for the first time. Today, the 'Silicon Road' of the ICT industry makes the connection even closer. Europe enjoys a long tradition of innovation and has high-caliber talents and open business opportunities. As a key player in Europe's innovation ecosystem, Huawei has been jointly innovating and openly collaborating with carriers, partners, and academic institutions to achieve win-win outcomes. These initiatives have improved the competitiveness of the ICT industry in Europe and support EU Commission's objective of building a single digital market and to create a better connected Europe."
Xu continued, "Huawei is becoming a real European company. Huawei now has over 7,700 employees in Europe, 850 of which are engaged in R&D activities. In the next five years, Huawei will hire 5,500 additional employees in Europe and the number of R&D employees increasing to more than 1,700."
Currently Huawei has established 28 JICs with customers and partners around the world, 18 of which are located in Europe, in areas such as wireless access, network communications technologies, business support systems, energies, and industry solutions. Vodafone, BT and other leading carriers granted Huawei several innovation awards based on these JICs.