Chinese ICT company Huawei will invest EUR 70 million over a five-year period to establish a research and development (R&D) center in Helsinki, Finland. The Finnish R&D center will be a key driver in Huawei’s research and development of new technologies for mobile devices.
According to Huawei, the center’s initial projects will focus on software development for smartphones, tablets and rich-media devices, optimizing the user experience of existing operating systems such as Android and Windows Phone 8. From the outset, Huawei plans to recruit 30 employees for the center, with the goal of hiring more than 100 employees over five years.
Finland ideal for strengthening R&D capabilities
“The open and innovative environment in Finland is an ideal place for Huawei to strengthen our global R&D capabilities for devices, creating opportunities for both Huawei and the Finnish telecommunications industry,” says Kenneth Fredriksen, Vice-President, Huawei Central, Eastern and Nordic Europe.
The R&D center in Helsinki will serve as one of Huawei’s core centers for device R&D. According to Fredriksen, Finland has demonstrated its ability to produce innovations. Huawei is looking to cooperate with small and medium-sized Finnish companies that have made it to the world markets.
Competitiveness and expertise
According to Urban Fagersted, director of Huawei’s research centre in Sweden, Finland excels in combining telecommunications and IT.. Finland is looking to find solutions related to photography, fast device responses and other problems relating usability.
Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori views Huawei’s decision as a very positive signal. Finland seems to have the kind of competitiveness that is attractive to international companies, who are also interested in the expertise offered by former Nokia employees.