Huawei Technologies expands regional presence
Underlining its commitment to developing a healthy telecommunications network in the Middle East, leading networking and telecommunications equipment supplier Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, (“Huawei”) has announced the inauguration of its sub-regional office for the Gulf and Levant region in Dubai Media City Thursday.
This is in line with Huawei’s strategy to expand its regional network by offering customer’s specialised service and engineering teams to respond promptly to customer requirements. The telecoms company has had exceptional growth in the region since it began operations in 2001 and currently has 20 branches across 28 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market. Globally, its contract sales for 2005 reached $ 8.2 billion, representing a year-over-year growth rate of over 40 per cent. The increase is a result of continued market growth in the product areas of wireless mobile network, next generation network (NGN), optical networks, data communications, application and software and terminals.
“At Huawei, we focus on being close to our customers and this new office highlights our long term commitment to this region. The Middle East and North Africa region is a key market for Huawei as regional telecom operators expand their coverage into Africa, Asia and Europe. Liberalization of the telecom sector in the MENA region and the growth of broadband demand for enterprises and consumers offer huge potential for growth and we are anticipating a significant growth in the region over 2005,” said Wang Jiading, Vice President of Huawei Technologies’ Middle East and North Africa Region.
“We constantly update our customers on the latest technological developments which allow them to make informed decisions for their organisations and customers. In 2006, we will strengthen our investment in wireless terminals, as well as research and development,” he added.
According to a survey undertaken by Frost & Sullivan, Huawei bagged the second spot in terms of number of UMTS contracts won in 2005. The company’s client base includes more than 300 telecom operators, 28 of who rank among the world’s top 50 including British Telecom, Vodafone, Telefonica and China Mobile.
Huawei has over 9.5 million subscribers in the GSM/CDMA segment and over 4800 optical network sets in operation in the region. The first commercial 3G application in the region was deployed by Huawei for Etisalat in the UAE. The company has more than 15 spare part warehouses in the MENA region and will build a regional distribution centre for spare parts in the UAE this year. In addition to its training centre in Egypt, to focus on increasing customer centric activities, the company will open training centres across the region.
“Last year, Huawei’s international strategies were further consolidated and we will continue to be a customer centric company that delivers tangible value to our customers. By opening training centres and regional offices, we will develop specific solutions to meet the needs of this market,” added Jiading.