24 November 2014

Huawei to create 50 R&D jobs in Cork and Dublin

07:09, Post Reporter

Leading Chinese information and communications technology company Huawei is to create 50 high skilled research positions with the opening of a new research and development centre spread across two sites in Cork City and Dublin.

Initially the centre will focus on supporting Irish and international telecom operators who use the company’s customer experience management product, SmartCare. But future expansion at the sites will extend R&D functions to cover a wider range of IT software projects, said a statement from IDA Ireland, which is supporting the project.

The initiative represents a “significant investment” by Huawei over several years, said the statement.

“Huawei is one of the companies that I met on my recent trade mission to China and today’s announcement that they are opening a new research and development centre creating an additional 50 new jobs in Ireland is very welcome,” said Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton. “International Information and Communications Technology (ICT) R&D is a key sector in the Action Plan for Jobs, and in the past 18 months we have implemented a number of changes to support expansion and job creation in this sector.”

Chief executive of IDA Ireland Barry O’Leary said that Huawei is one of the most prominent brands in the global ICT sector and that the announcement is a vote of confidence in Ireland’s technological capability and strong track record in the sector.

Huawei Ireland has continued to expand its business since beginning its Irish operations over eight years ago. I wish Huawei Technologies every success in their operation in Cork and offer them continued and full support of the IDA,” he said.

Huawei was first established its Irish sales office in 2004 and currently employs over 140,000 people globally, including 40 people presently in Ireland. Customers include Eircom, O2 Ireland, BT Ireland, VDF Ireland, H3G Ireland.

‘The new centre is a significant commitment to Ireland over the next three years, with many more highly-skilled jobs being created,” said Derek Ding, managing director of Huawei Ireland. “It reflects a deep and long-term commitment to the country. Cork and Dublin were chosen for their well-educated, skilled workforce.”

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