KYIV - China's Huawei Technologies, the world's third largest smartphone producer, plans to open a research and development center in Kyiv by the end of this year, according to the company’s Ukraine director.
Haojie Zhou, quoted by Liga Business at a recent technology fair, spoke of the company’s plans, including hiring 20 engineers and IT professionals for the center. Huawei so far employs about 450 people in Ukraine.
Zhou said the company is investing in three segments here -- consumer and enterprise electronics, gadgets and IT solutions, and hardware. According to Liga Business, the company already has hired 20 people for the R&D center here. Worldwide, Huawei has about 75,000 people working in 21 R & D centers.
Huawei Ukraine declined requests from the UBJ for comment on the company’s plans.
The company recently opened a second service center in Kyiv, at Rusanivska Naberezhna, 8, on the Left Bank.
"Huawei actively invests in the creation of global service infrastructure,” Kevin Zhou, head of Huawei BG in Ukraine, said on the company’s website. “By opening an exclusive service center in Ukraine, we strive to provide premium service for our users."
Earlier, another Huawei official said Ukraine has great potential for development of digital projects and communication technologies. But, he said, it needs to improve the efficiency of using radio frequencies, implement 4G communications, and simplify licensing procedures for the use of micro base stations widely used in the EU.
"Huawei has significant experience in implementing digital technology and we want to cooperate with Ukraine, because it has a great potential,” Liu Hongyun, Huawei President for Central Asia and the Caucasus, said at a meeting with Stepan Kubiv, Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
“This can be cloud solutions for medicine, e-governance, urban security, housing and utilities services and other sectors," Liu said. He also told the minister that Huawei is interested in Ukraine’s vast pool of talented programmers.
Kubiv said Ukraine is developing IT projects in order to grow the sector and the overall economy.
“Together with the European Union, we have a clear common course in this field, including the harmonization with European legislation and the development of ICT infrastructure," the Ukrainian official said.
Huawei has started cooperating with the Institute of Thermoelectricity in the southwestern town of Chernivtsi. On April 14, company officials met Oleksandr Fyschuk, head of the Chernivtsi Regional State Administration, and a team from the institute. An agreement was clinched for Ukrainian scientists to develop new technologies for their Chinese partners.
"The company aims to pursue long-term research and cooperation with Ukrainian scientists, which will promote the development of both countries", Nuawei Peng Joon. head of Huawei research centers said, according to the site of the Chernivtsi Regional State Administration.
Lukyan Anatychuk, director of the Institute, praised longstanding cooperation with Chinese companies. He said working with Huawei opens up new opportunities to advance technology.
Huawei, a global leader for information and communications technologies, sells products in virtually every country in the world. It has been working in Ukraine for almost 20 years.
According to GfK research, Huawei’s share of the global smartphone market grew to 11.3% last year. Data shows that Huawei holds a market share greater than 20% in 18 others, half in Europe.
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Slider Photo: Huawei’s stand draws a crowd at a recent technology far at KyivExpoPlaza exhibition hall in Western Kyiv. (supplied)