Huawei to open R&D centre in Finland

Huawei to spend $90m to capitalize on Finland's mobile phone expertise

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Huawei to open R&D centre in Finland Huawei is investing to expand its R&D capabilities for mobile software. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  December 11, 2012

Huawei has announced that it will invest $90m to establish a software research and development centre in Finland.

The Helsinki-based development centre initially focus on software for Android and Windows Phone 8 devices.

The move is seen as a bid by Huawei to improve its mobile expertise by picking up talent from Nokia, which has laid off a number of employees in the country in the past year. The facility will initially open with thirty employees, with the aim of expanding to over 100 in the next five years.

"We believe the key to building our brand is to provide consumers with a reliable and differentiated user experience," said Kenneth Fredriksen, vice president, Huawei Central, Eastern and Nordic Europe. "The open and innovative environment in Finland is an ideal place for Huawei to strengthen our global R&D capabilities for devices, creating opportunities for both Huawei and the Finnish telecommunications industry."

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