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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Huawei announces €70m investment in Irish R&D operations

Mr Guo Ping
Mr Guo Ping

Shawn Pogatchnik

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei announced today it will invest €70m in its research and development operations in Dublin, Cork and Athlone over the coming three years.

The Shenzhen-based company said the R&D investment will be concentrated in the areas of video, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and site-reliability engineering.

The work will be conducted by more than 100 researchers, experts and engineers employed in Cork, Athlone and Dublin.

“Ireland has outstanding talent and some of the best researchers in the world,” Huawei chairman Guo Ping said in a statement. “Our R&D efforts are diverse in Ireland, like software in Dublin and hardware in Cork. Ireland has a great opportunity to continue to grow as an economy and become a technological hub. We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with our local customers and partners.”

Jijay Shen, chief executive of Huawei Ireland, said: “Our focus is on long-term investment and building positive relationships with key partners in Ireland.”

Huawei, founded in 1987, employs more than 180,000 people in 170 countries.

It currently find itself at the centre of US-Chinese trade tensions, with the Trump administration imposing heavy restrictions on its dealings with American companies.

Huawei rejects US allegations that the company aids Chinese spying efforts.

Last month, despite the loss of US trade and contracts, Huawei said its first-half 2019 sales rose by 23pc to $58bn.

Its Irish units pursue joint research with Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University of Limerick, University College Dublin and University College Cork into video, AI and cloud computing.

Last year Huawei Ireland and the Trinity-based digital technology company Adapt received a Technology Ireland Industry award for its work designing a system that enables automatic in-scene detection and placement of advertisements in videos.

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