Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is to create 110 new jobs in Ireland over the next two years after committing to an €80m investment in research and development.
The move will bring its total Irish workforce to 590, almost double that of its presence here in 2019.
The new IDA-backed jobs will be based at its Dublin HQ as well as in Cork and Athlone. Huawei’s Irish R&D focuses on video, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, engineering and 5G.
Only one of the Irish mobile networks, Eir, uses Huawei as a main 5G component. However, several large Irish telecoms networks use Huawei equipment in at least some of their networks.
“Huawei has a long-term commitment to Ireland, where since 2004 we have built a world-class team,” said Tony Yangxu, Huawei Ireland’s chief executive.
“Today’s announcement is testament to the strength of those, as well as the ongoing success of our research and development programme, to which we committed €70m in 2019.”
Huawei, which recently looked at Ireland for a new chip-making plant, last week denied that it was considering a spin-off of its major smartphone brands.
Having briefly become the world’s biggest phone manufacturer early last year, the company has been badly hit by US trade sanctions that stop Google’s Play Store from being included on new Huawei phones.
The company remains at the centre of international tensions between the US and China over trade and security.
However, over the past 15 months, Huawei has created 200 jobs in Ireland.
“The news that Huawei will create 110 new jobs is most welcome,” said Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar. “The company is creating new jobs at a time when we really need them with so many people out of work. Despite all the current uncertainty and challenges, Ireland continues to attract top-class investment from global technology companies.”
Huawei has struck several R&D relationships with third-level bodies here, including DCU, Trinity, UCD, UCC and UL. It also works with Science Foundation Ireland research centres including Adapt, Connect and Lero.
“This is a welcome investment by Huawei which will add substantially to Ireland’s technology and R&D ecosystem,” said IDA Ireland CEO, Martin Shanahan.