Huawei doubles R&D in Ireland

Huawei doubles R&D in Ireland

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By Nick Flaherty

The €80m investment by Huawei over the next two years follows €70m in 2019, creating 210 high tech jobs with a focus on 5G rollout, fibre networks and AI in the Internet of Things (AIoT).

The new jobs will meet sustained growing demand for Huawei’s products and services across its R&D, IT development and sales as well as its consumer division. The company has a strong focus on helping its business partners roll out 5G across Ireland in coming years.  The jobs will be mainly based in its Dublin headquarters and across operations in Cork and Athlone. 

The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland and includes another 100 jobs in sales and support. This is despite a ban by the US and UK on supplying network infrastructure.

“The company is creating new jobs at a time when we really need them with so many people out of work,” said Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste & Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment in the Irish government (above, centre). “Despite all the current uncertainty and challenges, Ireland continues to attract top class investment from global technology companies. These 110 jobs, which come in addition to the 200 created over the past 15 months, will be accompanied by an €80m investment in Irish research and development.”

Huawei’s R&D operations in Ireland work closely with Science Foundation Ireland research centres, including Adapt, Connect and Lero, while also having partnerships with DCU, Trinity, UCD, UCC and UL.  Its R&D efforts in Ireland focus on the areas of video, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), site-reliability engineering and 5G consumer use cases.

“Huawei has a long-term commitment to Ireland, where since 2004 we have built a world-class team servicing our ever-growing consumer and enterprise customer bases,” said Tony Yangxu, Huawei Ireland Chief Executive (above right). “This is testament to the strength of those, as well as the ongoing success of our research and development programme, to which we committed €70 million in 2019.”

Last year Huawei Ireland began supporting Ocean Research & Conservation Ireland through its global digital inclusion TECH4ALL programme. Huawei Ireland also launched the ‘TECH4HER’ Scholarship Programme in partnership with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and University College Dublin (UCD), aimed at supporting female students studying STEM subjects.

Huawei works with a number of Irish third-level institutions, including Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University of Limerick, University College Dublin, and University College Cork, funding vital Irish research into video, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.  The company also partners key Science Foundation Ireland centres such as Connect, Insight, Adapt and Lero.

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