HELSINKI Dec 10 Chinese telecoms equipment
vendor Huawei Technologies plans to double its
employees in Europe over the next few years and is setting up a
research centre in Finland aimed at developing new smartphones,
it said on Monday.
The expansion plans for Europe come two months since U.S.
lawmakers alleged that Huawei's equipment could be used for
Chinese espionage. The company has also been barred in Australia
from tendering in its $38 billion high speed natonal high-speed
broadband network project due to unspecified security concerns.
"Europe has proven to be quite an open business environment
for Huawei," company spokesman Roland Sladek said.
Huawei said it plans to employ over 14,000 employees in
Europe within three to five years, doubling the current
workforce of around 7,000.
It also plans to spend 70 million euros ($91 million) over
five years on the new R&D centre in Finland, the company's
eleventh centre in the region, which will focus on developing
The company has said it wants to launch new smartphones
including Windows Phone 8 devices, which would add to the
competitive pressure on Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia
Mobile devices accounted last year for 22 percent of
Huawei's business, which mostly focuses on routers and other
On Monday Huawei declined to give an estimated launch date
for a new Windows Phone 8 device, but said its plans were "short
(Reporting by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Greg Mahlich)