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Huawei’s Bristol R&D centre promises 300 new jobs by 2017

Huawei is building a new research and development centre in Bristol that will increase the company’s UK R&D job commitment to 300 by 2017.

The centre, which is part of its UK Innovation Programme, will see it initially recruit 30 high-calibre R&D employees that will have a primary focus on researching ICT chips, software, and the analog chip technology of the future.

“I am delighted that today Huawei are announcing a new R&D centre in the UK. The decision of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker to innovate in Britain is testament to the outstanding quality of our highly skilled workforce and further evidence that our long term economic plan is working,” stated UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who has visited Huawei’s headquarters in the past.

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Huawei’s new facility complements the existing optoelectronics R&D office in Ipswich and will mean a total of 140 R&D jobs by the end of this year and this is forecast to grow to 300 by 2017.

"The UK is forward-thinking, progressive, and fosters innovation. This creativity is a major asset to our R&D efforts and gives us the perfect platform to continue pioneering the new, ground-breaking technologies that are building the future. We are committed to working with our customers and partners in the UK to leverage our global presence and customer-centric approach to innovation, bringing value to the UK ICTindustry and helping its products and technologies go global,” stated Guo Ping, Huawei’s rotating and acting CEO.

Osborne’s bullishness about the Chinese firm is not shared by everyone in the UK and a UK government security review reported in December 2013 that the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre [HCSEC] should be supervised directly by members of GCHQ

The Bristol-based facility should open later on this year and it brings its number of UK offices up to 15 and its total employee base of 900 is expected to rise to 1,500 by 2017.