Huawei is present in Romania for almost 20 years and it is a time of reviewing the company’s position on the local market and the way it has been involved in developing technology for the local clients.
About 10 years ago, when the telecom started developing 3G technology, Huawei started to make its presence among the equipment suppliers, dominated at the time by European companies. Step by step, the Chinese company took over the market, as well in Romania, as all over the world, and become the main supplier of network infrastructure equipment. Later on, Huawei stopped making phones for others and brought its own devices to the market. Today is the world’s second phone maker even if it had a late start compared to the others.
The company is not free of accusations; allegations regarding the theft of user data were made several times, including recently, when USA authorities arrested high officials of the company. The process and the accusations are still on-going and we had not seen the end of it.
Huawei in Romania
In 2003, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. started to operate on the telecom market in Romania. After 4 years Huawei Romania was founded. Within 15 years, Huawei has established its local offices, the European Center for European Accounting and the Global Service Center.
At the end of 2018, Huawei Romania had 2,053 employees, of which 81 percent are Romanians. Huawei Romania’s telecommunication products and services currently reach over 72 percent of Romania’s population, while serving over 35 European countries that have devices or use Huawei services.
In 2018, Huawei Romania had sales revenue of over USD 400 million. In the last three years, the volume of purchases in the local market reached USD 150 million, and the taxes paid to the Romanian state amounted to USD 75 million.
Huawei Romania has established from the very beginning directions of innovation, increasing the investments in the local market, which it will cultivate from now on. In addition, the company will continue to contribute to improving the IT & C environment, but also to take on more corporate social responsibility.
Cooperation and innovation
Huawei Romania is the strategic partner of major mobile and fixed operators in Romania, including Vodafone, Orange, Telekom and RCS & RDS. Huawei has the highest market share in the total telecom segment in Romania.
Over the years, with the help of Huawei, a number of significant projects for telecom networks in Romania have been developed, among which:
- RAN-Sharing project for Vodafone: optimization of 3G and 4G networks;
- IP Call for Telekom Romania;
- LTE project for Orange: 4G network construction and 3G networking;
- Broadband network access projects and wireless network construction for RDS & RCS;
- Ro-Net National Project.
Huawei, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Research, the Romanian Ministry of Communications and Information Society, and alongside important partners, has contributed to supporting the local educational environment by developing programs for students and technical universities:
- In 2010, Huawei and Romtelecom equipped a state-of-the-art fiber optic communications technology laboratory at the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications, Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
- Between 2014 and 2016, Huawei has collaborated with seven local universities to launch the Seeds for the Future program in Romania. This program received official support from the Romanian Ministry of Communications and Information Society, as well as from the Ministry of National Education.
- In Romania, the HAINA program started in 2018 and was launched at “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University in Iasi. Here, Huawei has been inaugurated a unique training center in Romania, which is hosted by the Faculty of Automation and Computers. There are extracurricular study programs in the field of retelling, attending the students of the University, by conducting free of charge the training activities. The investment amounted to USD 100,000, and the capacity of the training center is 40 people.
- In Romania, the Seeds for the Future program debuted in 2014, and each successive edition was successful. Every year, the program received appreciations from the Romanian Government and was supported by the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Communications and Information Society.
- Within the program, 58 young people studying in IT & C programs at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, at the University of Craiova and the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University in Iasi, had the opportunity to visit the headquarters HUAWEI headquarters in Shenzhen to work and learn in the company, but also to have a unique living experience in China.
Over time, Huawei has made significant contributions to the development of the local economy, including the following:
- Huawei Romania has offices covering Romania and the Republic of Moldova. Extensive strategic partnerships with key operators in Romania, including Orange, Vodafone, Telekom, Romtelecom and RCS & RDS, have been established. In 2018, Huawei Romania generated sales revenue of USD 450 million, the total revenue over the last five years exceeding USD 1.2 billion. Significant contributions have been made to the local economy. In 2018, the level of fees paid reached USD 24 million. In 2012, Huawei reached the Top 20 ICT Companies in Romania.
- Currently, Huawei Romania employs more than 2,000 people, out of which 81 percent come from the local labor market. Huawei Romania has partnerships with over 25 major companies and is estimated to have created over 1,500 jobs directly, along with 3,500 indirectly created through collaborative firms. In the past three years, the office of representation has formed up to 5,000 employees for its partners and has supported the training of many experts in the field of telecommunication equipment delivery.
Cyber security and personal data protection
In spite of allegations made in USA and other countries, Huawei says that it is committed to adopting this crucial strategy of the company, having an open, transparent and honest attitude. The company is open to collaboration with all governments, all partners and customers to address threats and cyber security challenges together.
“Our commitment to cyber security will never be surpassed by any consideration of commercial interests. The mission of the company, wherever it operates, is based on compliance with legislation, agreed standards, increased confidence, value creation and security building as a core competence of Huawei products, solutions and services,” shows the press release.
A new ” Huawei Transparency Center in Cyber Security” was opened in Brussels. Customers, regulators and media representatives are expected to visit this center to reinforce the idea of building a trust-based relationship.
The future of 5G
Huawei 5G products have been implemented at global operator level. So far, the company has received over 30 commercial contracts worldwide, of which 18 in Europe.
“We believe that Romania needs advanced and highly competitive 5G providers to support the evolution of the digital industry for the benefit of society and consumers.”