Huawei launches ‘European Institute’ in Belgium

12 May

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei announced Thursday the establishment of its European Institute in Leuven, Belgium.

The Huawei European Institute will be charged with the responsibility of coordinating the telecom maker’s research institutions throughout Europe, the company said in a statement. At present, Huawei has 18 research institutions and more than 1,200 researchers in eight European countries.

The European Institute will bulwark cooperation between Huawei and European industrial and academic entities, said rotating Huawei chief executive officer Guo Ping during a speech at the European Business School in Brussels. Huawei aims to leverage the European Institute to promote key technological initiatives such as Europe 4.0 and Digital Europe, he added.

Zhou Hong, who has supervised research, standardization and technological cooperation for Huawei Europe since 2014, will serve as president of the Huawei European Institute.

Walter Weigel, former Director General of the European Institute for Telecommunications Standards (ETSI), will be vice president.

The launch of the European Institute “represents the will of Huawei to expand its investment in Europe,” according to China’s Xinhua News service. Huawei first entered Europe in 2000 and since has created more than 9,900 jobs there, according to Xinhua.

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