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Posted by Dan Bieler on October 26, 2012
During Huawei’s 2012 EMEA Analyst Event in Amsterdam, Huawei emphasised once again its commitment to Europe and its dedication to innovation. With sales of $3.8bn, 7,300 staff, around 800 of which are in R&D, and 10 R&D centres in Europe, Huawei has positioned itself as a leading provider of network infrastructure in the region. The main themes that we picked up during the event are:
Huawei remains an extremely technology-focused provider, much in the tradition of traditional engineering technology businesses like Siemens. In order to reduce the risk of costly price and margin wars in the pure hardware segment in the years ahead, Huawei urgently needs to improve its understanding of true business needs and demonstrate clearly how it can develop solutions that address these needs. Above all, Huawei ought to embrace a culture that views failure as part of the innovation process. If Huawei manages to do this, builds a trusted ecosystem of focused partners and strengthens its brand in the enterprise and consumer segments, it has good chances to gain significant traction for its main growth segments despite the recent report by the US House Intelligence Committee.
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