Huawei announces plans to invest EUR 100mln by 2018 in Romania, moves on with employment plans

Newsroom 09/07/2013 | 14:34

Ten years since opening Romanian office, Huawei’s total headcount in Romania has reached 800 employees in Romania, who are now working in the three divisions of the company.

Thus, Huawei’s operations in Romania are channeled around the Global Services Center, which currently has 400 employees, the Financial Assistance Center which has 265 employees and the Huawei offices, where work the remaining 135 people.

Apart from the 800 direct jobs, company officials say Huawei has created an additional 2,000 collaterall temporary jobs through their local partners and suppliers.

The Global Services Center was set up about 1 year ago following a total investment of EUR 6 million, with the target to cater for operators in the pan-European region. The center is fourth largest in the world, after the Huawei centers in China, India and Mexico.

Within the Global Service Center located in the Lakeview Building in Bucharest, there is also the company’s R&D center which includes so far only foreign specialists.

Huawei’s division of terminals in Romania was founded in 2006. ”Starting with Q4 2012, we entered in the Top 5 producers of mobile phones in Romania in terms of volumes. Over the next 5 years, we intend to be in top 3,” said Sorina Macarescu (picture left), marketing director of the terminal department of Huawei.

IMG_2680  ”The Romanian office covers both mobile and fixed carriers, the consumer and enterprise divisions. We are also been present since last year in the vertical industries division such as e-government, financial oil&gas, energy and transportation with telecom and IT solutions,” said Vlad Doicaru (in picture), director of the department of integrated accounts of Huawei Romania.

Currently there are 400 employees in the Global Services Center. At the end of 2013, the total headcount of Huawei in Romania is estimated at around 1,000 employees, while for 2014, it is set to reach 1,200 employees, of which 600 will be in the Global Service Center.

At the moment, 70 percent of the engineers employed so far are Romanian and 30 percent are Chinese or other nationalities.

”We intend to expand the services to other localities in the country based on where there are universities,” said Victor Stan (picture right), director of Huawei Global Services Center Romania.

Between 2007 and 2013, Huawei invested in Romania over EUR 90 million.

Between 2013 and 2018, Huawei will have invested in Romania more than EUR 100 million, into the expansion of the center and new employments, taxes paid to the state and the acquisition of new equipment.

Last year, Huawei posted a turnover of EUR 94 million, while the previous year it had registered nearly EUR 84 million.

However, this figure only refers to revenues from contracts reported for the Romanian entity- Huawei Technologies Romania. The company runs its contracts also with other entities that are not registered in Romania.

The overall turnover of Huawei in 2012 (which includes the sums reported for contracts with entities registered outside Romania) amounts to USD 249 million, said company officials during the press conference.

 ”For 2013, we have projected total revenues of USD 260 million,” said company officials.

According to Stan, Huawei has so far focused mainly on the private sector, but the company can satisfy IT and telecom needs in the public sector.

Huawei has established partnerships with the Bucharest Politehnica University where it opened a laboratory in partnership with Romtelecom. ”We wish to present the latest technologies to students,” said Stan.

 Otilia Haraga


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