Since this year, local telecom operators in the UK have launched 5G services, which makes the UK in the forefront of Europe and even the world in the construction of new generation mobile communication network, in which Chinese enterprises Huawei plays an important role as equipment supplier.
Zhang Jiagang, senior vice president of Huawei, told Xinhua News Agency in the UK recently: I always believe that cooperation is a win-win solution. We are always open to new technologies from all over the world, rather than close the door to do research and development by ourselves.
He said that in the cooperation with BTs broadband business, engineers from the two companies jointly explored solutions to build a new generation of broadband, which ultimately achieved good results and enhanced Huaweis influence in the local market. This is a successful case of joint innovation.
However, 5G is a technology that involves many aspects. Although Huawei has achieved independent research and development in major chips and software, it is impossible for all components to be self-produced. Support and cooperation from upstream and downstream industries are needed to ensure the stability of product supply.
According to the data released by Huawei, the company invests more than 10% of its sales revenue in R&D every year. The total R&D expenditure in 2018 increased by 13.2% year on year, and more than 80,000 people engaged in R&D, accounting for about 45% of the total staff.
Take the UK as an example, according to Zhang Jiangang, Huawei has established cooperative relations with many local universities and research institutes in the UK. Last year, Huawei invested more than 100 million pounds in research and development in the UK ($126 million), employing 300 engineers and technical experts to carry out research and development in artificial intelligence, 5G and optical technology. The number of the R&D team will further expand to 400 in 2010. Huawei is also preparing to establish a new research and development center in Cambridge for the development of key technologies such as optical chips.
With the maturity of 5G, the British government has also made the new generation of mobile communication network technology as the development focus in its industrial policy. The 5G in the UK is developing well, and Huawei will continue to work with UK operators and other partners to build related ecosystems to support the UKs efforts to promote industrial digitization, Zhang said.
Source: responsible editor of Xinhua: Yao Liwei_NT6056