Huawei has today officially opened the new Dublin Huawei office as part of the company’s expanding commitment to Ireland.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., who officiated at a Huawei reception to mark the opening said: “I am delighted to be here today to see first-hand Huawei’s expansion in Ireland. Creating a world-class ecosystem for scientific research is a key part of our Action Plan for Jobs, and over recent years we have put in place a range of measures to improve the environment in this area. Today’s announcement that Huawei, a global leader in this sector, is continuing to expand its footprint in Ireland is extremely positive. The Government is determined to continue to implement measures to improve Ireland’s output of skilled workers in this area, and I look forward to working with Huawei as it invests more in Ireland in the coming years.”
The new office at Mespil Road will support Huawei’s activities in Ireland which include research into business innovation, network services, cloud and customer experience, as well as ICT transformation dedicated to service provider operation.
Huawei has also announced the return of 10 Irish students from the Huawei “Seeds for the Future” programme in China, which is a global initiative that involves sending talented Irish undergraduates studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to China on a four-week work programme involving a visit to Huawei’s Shenzhen campus to learn about the company’s international business culture and values, and to receive ICT training from some of the best professionals in the industry.
“Having such a strong global brand as Huawei continue to invest in Ireland is a great endorsement of the technology ecosystem here”, said Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland. “The company’s decision to open a new office in Dublin coupled alongside its R&D activity in Cork, Athlone and Dublin illustrates Huawei’s ongoing commitment to its Irish operations.”
Ms. Chen Lifang, Director of the Board and Corporate Senior Vice President, Huawei travelled to Dublin to host the company’s autumn reception. Ms Chen said: “The opening of our newest Dublin facility highlights our long term dedication to investment and opportunities in Ireland. We are continuing to tap into Ireland’s growing clusters of cloud, telecoms and technology businesses, nurturing future talent and providing additional new opportunities for highly-skilled professionals.”
Huawei has been operating in the Irish market since May 2004 and currently has 151 skilled employees across locations in Athlone, Cork and Dublin. It works with all the major telecom providers in Ireland, with its products and services now serving approximately two million people in the country. In addition to three R&D facilities across Ireland, Huawei also has significant academic linkages with third-level institutions and a vibrant Huawei Ireland Graduate Recruitment Programme focused on developing the skills needed to support Irish economic development.