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Huawei unleashes European cloud programme, commits to UK business

At an event in Paris, Huawei launches a €75m cloud development programme, and reaffirms its commitment to its UK operations post-Brexit

At Huawei’s eco-Connect Europe 2016 event in Paris, the Chinese networking and cloud technology supplier has launched a new European Developer Enablement Plan, pledging a €75m investment in support of up to 100,000 developers between now and 2020.

By the end of the decade, the firm will open three labs in the UK, Germany and Italy, alongside remote facilities, to give developers the opportunity to collaborate on creating applications and content based on Huawei’s cloud technology.

“For the past 10 years, we have been striving to create value for our customers in Europe, while in the next 10 years, in the era of the cloud, we expect closer co-operation with partners to accelerate ICT developments in Europe and to enable European customers to achieve more business success,” said Vincent Pang, president of Huawei Western Europe.

The Developer Enablement Plan will include three platforms: ICT expertise, co-development and co-marketing, opening up Huawei’s software development tools and capabilities to developers.

Pang reaffirmed Huawei’s commitment to its UK investments in the wake of the 23 June 2016 vote to exit the European Union (EU).

“There is no impact with us to any of the single countries, they are equally important to us,” he told Computer Weekly. “Every single market has different strengths in terms of innovation.”

Describing Europe as Huawei’s “second home”, Pang pointed to recent research and development work the firm has been performing in the UK, notably at the University of Surrey, where it is a key partner at the 5G Innovation Centre.

He also mentioned the opening of the company’s narrowband internet of things (IoT) laboratory at Vodafone’s Newbury headquarters, and to its 2014 acquisition of Cambridge-based IoT pioneer Neul.

At its two-day cloud event, Huawei set out further goals to develop three cloud ecosystems: one for telecoms operators, to connect them with content providers; one for vertical industries, to help foster deeper digital transformation; and one for consumers, to provide users with next-generation cloud-based services.

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