Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is the largest networking and telecommunications equipment supplier in China. It is headquartered in Longgang District, Shenzhen, Guangdong. Established in 1988 by Ren Zhengfei, Huawei Technologies is a private high-tech enterprise which specializes in research and development (R&D), production and marketing of communications equipments, and providing customized network solutions for telecom carriers. Since 2001 Huawei has started IEEE 802.16 standard tracking and key technology research and has contributed 5% core technology related patents.
Huawei’s WiMAX serves 35 of the top 50 telecoms operators including STC in Saudi Arabia, Vodacom in South Africa, Augere/FT in Pakistan, Telefonica in Morocco. The company puts 10% of revenue into R&D each year. In addition to the R&D centers in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Xi’an, Chengdu, and Wuhan in China, Huawei also has R&D centers in Stockholm, Sweden; Dallas and Silicon Valley, U.S.; Bangalore, India; Ferbane in Offaly, Ireland; Moscow, Russia; Jakarta, Indonesia. There are more than 2000 engineers engaged in WiMAX R&D. Huawei provides various WiMAX solution including Base Stations, Network Management System and Customer Premises Equipment (CPEs). Huawei’s total number of WiMAX contracts had reached 31 in September 2008, ranking Huawei in first place for global WiMAX 16e commercial network contracts. Huawei also has become a major vendor in Europe, where it has won numerous contracts with players such as Vodafone and Orange. And Huawei has gained a foothold in Canada, where it is building third-generation networks for BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada and Telus Corp.
In March 2009, the Wimax Forum announced four new members to its Board of Directors including Thomas Lee, the Vice Director of the Industry Standards Department at Huawei.
Huawei said on June, 01 it expected a huge sales boost over the next 19 months from Wimax equipment sales overseas and the rollout of third generation (3G) networks domestically. “This year it will be around $500 million … and next year it should be around $1 billion,” said Zhao, who reckons sales will continue to grow rapidly in emerging markets where fixed line networks are poorly developed. The company only had about $150 million in Wimax equipment sales in 2007, but falling prices have put the maturing technology within the grasp of millions of users, said Zhao. “You can now find terminal prices of under $100,” he said. The price for such hardware — which allows broadband connections in … Read the rest