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.