Huawei has today announced a €150m investment and the creation of 200 new jobs over the next five years as it plans to open its first European cloud hub in Dublin.
The Chinese telecom giant said the new Dublin hub will create 60 jobs in the next two years and 200 by 2027.
The new jobs will include sales, pre-sales, legal, tax, operational, management and research positions.
The investment is supported by IDA Ireland.
Today’s announcement was made at the Huawei Connect event in Paris in France.
Huawei said the Dublin hub will serve customers across Europe and will help Irish enterprises to expand into new global markets, by providing a secure, compliant, innovative, and sustainable cloud platform for growth and development.
Tony Yangxu, CEO of Huawei Ireland, said the company sees Ireland as a strategically important location for the global deployment of Huawei Cloud.
“The new offering will be based on stable, reliable, secure, compliant, innovative, and sustainable cloud services customised to meet the needs of various Irish and European customers, but particularly small and medium-sized enterprises,” he said.
“It offers innovative Irish and European enterprises the opportunity to access new markets and potentially reach global customers. Digitalisation represents the biggest opportunity for all industries over the next decade, and it is set to supercharge the cloud sector,” he added.
Huawei has been at the centre of controversy in recent years over concerns about its relationship with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used by China for spying – claims the company has strongly denied.
In the UK telecom firms have been given until December 2023 to remove Huawei equipment from the core of their networks where sensitive data is processed.
A number of other countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden have also banned or put restrictions on the use of Huawei equipment in their next generation telecom networks.
While in the last week, Reuters reported that the US Federal Communications Commission is set to ban approvals of new telecommunications equipment from Huawei and another firm, ZTE, in the United States on national security grounds.
Without the authorisations, the companies would not be able to sell new equipment in the US.
Despite international concerns, the new investment by Huawei in Ireland has been welcomed by the Government.
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said it shows the company’s ongoing commitment to Ireland.
“It’s also an endorsement of Ireland as an enterprise-friendly environment where companies like Huawei can grow and prosper,” Mr Varadkar said.
“Huawei is expanding its portfolio of services in Ireland with this investment, which will substantially enhance our thriving technology ecosystem.”
Martin Shanahan, the CEO of IDA Ireland, said that Huawei’s latest expansion further positions Ireland as an important hub for its European and global operations, and is clear evidence of the company’s continued commitment to this country.
“Its decision to choose Ireland as its European Operation Centre for cloud services is another endorsement of our strong business-friendly environment and digital ecosystem,” Mr Shanahan said.
“These new services leverage Huawei’s industry-leading technology and R&D expertise, and are testament to the strength of Ireland’s offering including our extremely strong talent pool,” the IDA CEO added.
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