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Irish Economy: Huawei, the Chinese tech giant today announced
the opening of a new R&D (research and development centre) Centre, spread
across two sites in Cork City and Dublin, Ireland. Huawei will create jobs for
over 50 "highly-skilled research professionals who will contribute a broad range
of skills and expertise to the company’s global operations," according to IDA
Ireland. Initially the centre will focus on Huawei’s next generation Customer
Experience Management Product, SmartCare, supporting the company in providing
customer services to telecoms operators both in Ireland and internationally.
Future expansion at the sites "will extend R&D functions to cover a wider range
of IT software projects."
“Huawei Technologies is one of the most prominent brands in the global ICT
sector,” said Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland. “This announcement is a vote of
confidence in Ireland’s technological capability and strong track record in the
ICT sector. Huawei Ireland has continued to expand its business since beginning
its Irish operations over eight years ago. I wish Huawei Technologies every
success in their operation in Cork and offer them continued and full support of
the IDA,” he said.
Derek Ding, managing director of Huawei Ireland, said: ‘‘The new centre is a
significant commitment to Ireland over the next three years, with many more
highly-skilled jobs being created. It reflects a deep and long-term commitment
to the country. Cork and Dublin were chosen for their well-educated, skilled
workforce offering the high-quality of talent needed to provide the range of
services needed for a strategic OSS R&D centre. Excitingly, the recruitment
process has already begun and 12 positions have already been filled."
“Ireland has an open environment for overseas investment and the new R&D centre
is a perfect fit for our continued growth here. We are pleased to be
collaborating with the IDA and I want to thank them for their support in this
Huawei was first established its Irish sales office in 2004 and currently
employs over 140,000 people globally, including 40 people presently in Ireland.
Customers include Eircom, O2 Ireland, BT Ireland, VDF Ireland, H3G Ireland.
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