Huawei is a Chinese multinational company that works in the field of networking and telecommunications. They have their headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong in China, and they hold the distinction of being the largest telecom maker on the globe today. They took this crown from Ericsson in 2012, and they continue to get larger. This is a huge feat for a company that is relatively young at least when compared with some of the other tech companies out there.
Research and development is highly important to the company. They have more than 140,000 employees today, and close to 50% of that number work in the field of R&D in some capacity. They currently have 21 facilities dedicated to research and development around the world with operations in China, the United States, the UK, Canada, Pakistan, France, Germany, Sweden, Columbia, Russia, India, Ireland, and Turkey. Each year, they put billions of dollars into the field of research and development, and it shows in the amount of progress they make.
They bring in billions in profit annually, and they have their services and products at work in more than 140 countries around the world. They work with 45 of the 50 largest telecom companies in the world today, solidifying their place as the top company in the field of networking.
In 1987, former military officer Ren Zhengfei created it as a private, employee owned company. In the beginning, the company worked as a sales agent for a company that made PBX switches. They worked in this area for just three years and in 1990, they started their own research and development team, and they began to bring PBX tech to commercial industries. Initially, they were targeting smaller enterprises, as well as hotels with their offerings. They continued to put more effort into their research, and they made their first real push into the telecom market in 1992. Their biggest achievement during this time was the C&C08 digital telephone switch.
The company launched this switch, which offered the largest switching capacity of any of the options available in China at the time, in small markets at first. It proved to be a success in those smaller areas, which then made it possible to move onto the larger markets. This helped them to hit mainstream success, which helped them continue to grow, and to grow faster than they had before.
Once they had a firm foothold in China, they started to expand to the overseas market. Their first deal was with a company in Hong Kong, and they soon opened up a new R&D center in Bangalore, India. Between 1998 and 2003, they had a contract with IBM for management consulting. More R&D centers followed, with sites opening in Sweden, the United States, and a number of other locations around the world.
They have gained a reputation as being the leader in the industry when it comes to communications and networking. They"ve been helping to expand and improve the network in Canada, and they are the company in charge of bringing the network in Denmark up to the modern era in terms of speed.
Many different companies have worked with Huawei in some context or another over the years. Some of the most prominent companies they"ve worked with include Vodafone, T-Mobile, Bell Canada, Cox Communications, Motorola, BT, France Telecom, and more.
In terms of service and products, Huawei has three different areas of specialty within their business. They work with telecom carrier networks and that helps to build networks and services associated with telecommunications. They also have a business segment that provides equipment, software, and services to their enterprise customers. The company also makes a variety of devices for communications. They produce a number of items for content service providers. Some of those devices include USB modems, wireless modems, wireless gateways, mobile handsets, and more.
Huawei is one of the largest and most respected telecom companies in the world today. They are also one of the most influential companies in the world. People associate the name with quality and reliability, and that has helped them to sustain their place in the field, and in history for that matter.