Huawei invades Nokia's turf, plans on opening R&D center in Finland

Huawei invades Nokia's turf, plans on opening R&D center in Finland
Huawei is building an R&D center in Finland

Huawei is building an R&D center in Finland

Chinese handset manufacturer Huawei says that it is spending the equivalent of $90 million to open an R&D center in Helsinki, Finland. That would mean that the upstart smartphone producer would be invading Nokia's home turf as it plans on doubling its workforce in Europe over the next three to five years. Huawei will spend the money budgeted for the project over the next five years and plans on employing 100 people in the center to write software for Android and Windows Phone devices.

This will be Huawei's first office in the country, but its 11th in Europe. The company currently has 7,000 workers in Europe, a number likely to hit 14,000 by 2017. Back in September, the company announced a $2 billion commitment to the U.K. with another R&D center scheduled to open in Spain.

The new Finnish R&D center for Huawei will be minutes away from Nokia's HQ in Espoo. The beleaguered Finnish handset company recently entered into a sale and lease back agreement for the building.

source: SlashGear

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10 Comments

1. ryq24

Posts: 872; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

they are planning to hire disgruntled and disillusioned current and former nokia employees. :-)

7. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

OMG. My 1st phone was a Huawei!! I fount out how it's actually pronounced About two weeks ago

2. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Good luck all the very best! Very bad news for Nokia, unless they kick the board members and that Eflop, Nokia will be joining BB! We hope both to do good business.

10. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i think the very reason why nokia is now suing RIM coz RIM's stock is ising even they dont have the actual BB10 device while Nokia even with all the best WP, Lumia 920, cant make it back!

3. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

It saddens me to hear great companies like Nokia and BB going down. That's competition dying right there something very bad in the long run.

5. SleepingOz unregistered

Competition is nowhere near death. It's just that there're new players in the game.

4. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

free market.. i think Nokia has good resistance to avoid any external power like the lumia 920

6. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

hope finnish people are smart enough not to buy chinese brand and made!! its just sad to hear that someone will envade Nokia's stronghold!

8. potatosalad

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2012

i would like to know where is nokia five years from now. any idea?

9. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I doubt Finnish engineers will be willing to work in Chinese owned company. Those are still treating their employees like slaves, even r&d.

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