Huawei Deepens R&D, Training Presence in Europe Following US Job Cuts

In recent days, Huawei has made a pair of steps to deep­en its research and train­ing capac­i­ty in Euro­pean mar­kets.  On Sep­tem­ber 18, Huawei announced it would open a research and devel­op­ment cen­ter in Vien­na, Aus­tria.  Accord­ing to com­pa­ny state­ments, this adds to a total of 26 exist­ing R&D labs across 14 Euro­pean coun­tries staffed by approx­i­mate­ly 2000 employ­ees.  In addi­tion, on Sep­tem­ber 21, it was report­ed that Huawe had opened a train­ing cen­ter in Birm­ing­ham, U.K., which will focus on 5G and the devel­op­ment of infor­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­o­gy.  Accord­ing to a press release, the cen­ter will be able to train 20 peo­ple every 5 days in cours­es cov­er­ing the intro­duc­tion of 5G tech­nol­o­gy, prin­ci­ples of mod­ern net­work engi­neer­ing, and instal­la­tion of 5G net­work­ing equip­ment.  Once ful­ly oper­a­tional, it will have capac­i­ty to train approx­i­mate­ly 1000 net­work engi­neers per year.  Notably, this build-up of capac­i­ty in Europe comes after Huawei announced in late July that it would cut 600 jobs at its U.S. R&D sub­sidiary, Futurewei.