Huawei Technologies India, the largest overseas software research and development (R&D) centre of $8.2 billion Chinese telecom major Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, today announced the opening of a new facility in Bangalore, to cater to its global clientele.
Huawei provides next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, and the new unit will develop optical network products and wireless LAN solutions. Huawei manufactures products and solutions for about 300 telecos, including 28 of the top 50 operators, serving over one billion users worldwide and its global customers include Fibernet and Viatel in the UK, NEUF in France, DFN in Germany and Telemar in Brazil.
The new centre will work on Huawei's new generation Optix series of intelligent optical network products based on cutting edge optical technologies. Huawei's optical solutions are widely deployed by major service providers for providing IPTV services, Triple Play (high speed Internet, television and voice) services, mobile services and leased line services to their customers.
Huawei's R&D and SDC (software development centre) activities are to cover end-to-end ownership of products ranging from front-end process line and system conceptualisation to software development, testing and delivery.
Huawei has made a cumulative investment of $100 million since 1999, in setting up three operational facilities in Bangalore for software development and R&D activities, besides a marketing division for selling its products to leading Indian telecos in mobile as well as landline space. The Indian arm generated $127 million from its marketing operations in 2005 and is in the process of setting up a dedicated campus in a 20-acre plot at Whitefield on the outskirts of Bangalore by 2008.
The Wireless LAN domain related software solution catering to the Wireless Switch and Wireless Access Points products will be developed by a team of 180 software engineers, to be expanded later to 300 to broaden its portfolio in new domains such as wireless switch and wireless access points products. Over 40 Chinese engineers from its four R&D centres in China are on deputation to India for training and project development.
Future plans include an investment of $100 million for manufacturing products and equipment for telecom infrastructure of service providers in the subcontinent, spanning broadband, 3G, CDMA and backbone networks.