Chinese telecoms and tech giant Huawei plans to invest €80m in Irish R&D over the next two years.

Huawei is to create 110 new jobs in Ireland by the end of 2022, bringing to at least 310 the total number of new jobs it has added since 2019.

This represents a doubling of the company’s workforce in Ireland since two years ago.

“Our story in Ireland is one of mutual success, as we assist with the national digital transformation and Ireland continues to grow its international reputation as a pro-business environment with great talent available”

Huawei will invest €80 million in Irish research and development (R&D) over the next two years to support its growing business in Ireland.

The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Digital transformer

Huawei smartphone in front of a 5G symboi.

“The news that Huawei will create 110 new jobs is most welcome,” said Tánaiste & Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD.

“The company is creating new jobs at a time when we really need them with so many people out of work. Despite all the current uncertainty and challenges, Ireland continues to attract top class investment from global technology companies. These 110 jobs, which come in addition to the 200 created over the past 15 months, will be accompanied by an €80m investment in Irish research and development. I wish the company the best of luck with this expansion.”

Over the past 15 months, Huawei has created 200 jobs in Ireland, as well as investing €60 million in R&D. In the next two years, Huawei will invest a further €80 million in R&D in Ireland, doubling its commitment from 2019.

The new jobs will meet sustained growing demand for Huawei’s products and services across its sales, R&D, IT development and in its consumer division.

The company has a strong focus on helping its business partners roll out 5G across Ireland in coming years. The jobs will be mainly based in its Dublin headquarters and across operations in Cork and Athlone.

“We are delighted to see such growth in our workforce and business,” Huawei Ireland chief executive Tony Yangxu said: “Huawei has a long-term commitment to Ireland, where since 2004 we have built a world-class team servicing our ever-growing consumer and enterprise customer bases.

“Today’s announcement is testament to the strength of those, as well as the ongoing success of our research and development programme, to which we committed €70m in 2019.

“Our story in Ireland is one of mutual success, as we assist with the national digital transformation and Ireland continues to grow its international reputation as a pro-business environment with great talent available.”

Future vision

Huawei’s R&D operations in Ireland work closely with Science Foundation Ireland research centres including Adapt, Connect and Lero while also having partnerships with DCU, Trinity, UCD, UCC and UL.  Its R&D efforts in Ireland focus on the areas of video, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), site-reliability engineering and 5G consumer use cases.

In 2020 Huawei Ireland began supporting Ocean Research and Conservation Ireland through its global digital inclusion TECH4ALL programme.  Huawei Ireland is providing a research grant and technological support to ORC Ireland as it conducts the first real-time study of the impact of marine traffic on whales in Irish waters. Huawei Ireland also launched the ‘TECH4HER’ Scholarship Programme in partnership with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and University College Dublin (UCD), aimed at supporting female students studying STEM subjects. 

“This is a welcome investment by Huawei which will add substantially to Ireland’s technology and R&D ecosystem,” said IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan. “The company’s continued commitment to significant investments in R&D and creating high value jobs demonstrates Huawei’s confidence in Ireland and the talent pool available here.”

Main image at top (from left): IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan; Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD; and Huawei Ireland chief executive Tony Yangxu

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 1 February 2021

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