Huawei continues innovation efforts, despite growing global security backlash
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Huawei continues innovation efforts, despite growing global security backlash

40 miles north of Shenzhen and nestled in 300 acres, Huawei's new 1.45 million square meter Research and Development campus is truly a sight to behold. One short train ride and you can find yourself in Paris, Bologna, the medieval village of Freiburg, Cesky Krumlov (a town in the Czech Republic), Verona, Heidelberg or Burgundy. Still to come, Oxford, Windermere, Bruges, Grenada and the ‘fairy-tale village' of Luxemburg.

The Ox-Horn campus is set to house 25,000 staff when it becomes fully operational, all tasked with furthering Huawei's future R&D efforts.

Research and development are subjects close to the Chinese telecom giant's heart. At a briefing earlier in the year, president of marketing for Huawei's carrier group, Peng Song spoke about the company's desire to drive innovation in all corners of the globe. Last year, Huawei spent $11.3 billion, 15% of its annual revenue, on R&D - the fifth largest sum in the world and more than the combined total of all other telecommunications companies.

According to Song, 10% of that goes on basic research, 20% on engineering and 30% on developing talent.

"Innovation exists in every corner of the globe," he proclaimed. "But it must be driven by both technology and the needs of the customer."

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Charlotte Trueman

Charlotte is Staff Writer at IDG Connect. She is particularly interested in the impact technology will have on the future of work and promoting gender diversity throughout the tech industry.

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