Asia Express - Mobile Communications
Huawei to Invest US$500 Mln on R&D, Manufacture Telecom Equipment in India
January 15, 2010
Chinese telecom solution provider Huawei Technologies plans to make a five-year investment worth US$500 million in R&D operations in India, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report on January 11. At the same time, the Chinese company is also mulling options of manufacturing telecom equipment in India.

The US$500 million investment is expected to be spent on reinforcing Huawei's R&D center in Bengaluru, southern India, and the company expects to boost its Indian work force by 5,000 in five years. Moreover, in order to avoid the Indian government's anti-dumping duties on SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) transmission equipment, Huawei is going over possibilities of starting manufacturing operations in India. Options include setting up its own facility or forming contract manufacturing partnerships with the local companies. Huawei has approached the state-owned telecom equipment manufacturer ITI (Indian Telephone Industries), which began inviting bids at year-end 2009 for stakes in three of its plants. Huawei, however, has not finalized its decision on whether or not to enter into collaboration with ITI.