Huawei launches R&D centre in Ireland

Huawei launches R&D centre in Ireland

Chinese vendor Huawei has opened a new R&D centre in Ireland, spread across two sites in Cork City and Dublin.

The move will create over 50 jobs and will initially support the company’s customer service offerings both in Ireland and internationally. However, in the long term the two sites will also focus on a wider range of IT software projects.

Huawei is said to have made a “significant investment” in the centre over several years, which has been supported by the government agency IDA Ireland.

"Ireland has an open environment for overseas investment and the new R&D centre is a perfect fit for our continued growth here. We are pleased to be collaborating with the IDA and I want to thank them for their support in this venture," said Derek Ding, MD of Huawei Ireland.

Last September, Huawei also announced a £1.2 billion investment plan in the UK, which is expected to create approximately 700 jobs over the next five years.

Huawei, however, has not always found other nations quite as welcoming as the UK and Ireland. Last year, it encountered serious concerns from the US and Australia, both of which suggested the company, along with Chinese rival ZTE, posed a security threat.