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Huawei was founded in 1987 by ex-military officer Ren Zhengfei and formed as a private company owned by its employees.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. It is the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world, having overtaken Ericsson.

Huawei has over 140,000 employees, around 46% of whom are engaged in research and development (R&D). It has 20 R&D institutes in countries including China, Germany, India, Russia, Sweden and the United States, and in 2010 invested CNY 16,556 million in R&D. In 2010, Huawei recorded profit of CNY 23.8 billion. Its products and services have been deployed in more than 140 countries and it currently serves 45 of the world's 50 largest telecoms operators.

Core Mission
Its core missions are building telecommunications networks; providing operational and consulting services and equipment to enterprises inside and outside of China; and manufacturing communications devices for the consumer market.

Early years
Huawei was founded by Ren Zhengfei in 1987, with an initial registered capital of RMB 21,000. Established in Shenzhen, Huawei started off as a sales agent for a Hong Kong company producing private branch exchange (PBX) switches. In 1994, Huawei established a long distance transmission equipment business, and launched its own SONET integrated access network, combining broadband and narrowband services in a single platform, and SDH product line. Huawei generated sales of RMB1.5 billion in 1995, mainly derived from rural markets in China. Huawei is targeting a revenue of $150 million through its enterprise business solutions in India in next 12 months.

It denied using Chinese subsidies to gain global market share after being recently accused by US lawmakers and EU officials of unfair competition. Huawei's revenues in 2010 accounted for 15.7% of the $78.56 billion global carrier-network-infrastructure market, putting the company second behind the 19.6% share of Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson, according to market-research firm Gartner.

Presence Across the Globe

Huawei Middle East

Middle East headquarters over 10 years ago Huawei is most actively involved in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait, and Lebanon. Milestones in Middle-East 2003: Launched, with Etisalat, the first UMTS commercial deployment network and the first 3G network in the Arab world 2006: Launched the region's first HSPA+ network with Etisalat Since 2006: Integrated network services helped Saudi Telecom support extraordinary Hajj peak traffic for three straight years

Since 2006: Huawei's core network solution has successfully supported the Saudi Arabian Hajj season with seamless network accessibility and usage during the high peak traffic experienced during the pilgrimage 2008: Built the world's largest GPON FTTH network in the UAE, jointly with Etisalat, constructing the highway for information transmission in the Arab world 2008: Official strategic partner signing agreement between Huawei and Etisalat was signed in Shanghai, China, and witnessed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai 2008: Built the world's first commercial All-IP network for Viva Kuwait, paving the way for the overall transformation to All-IP 2009: Won the Middle East Vendor of the Year Award in CommsMEA 2009 at the Telecommunications Industry Awards 2010: Deployed, together with Etisalat, the first pre-commercial LTE network in the UAE April 2010: Deployed, jointly with STC, the Middle East's largest precommercial LTE network

Marketing Strategy
In April 2011, Huawei announced an earnings increase of 30% in 2010, driven by significant growth in overseas markets, with net profit rising to RMB 23.76 billion (US$3.64 billion; 2.23 billion) from RMB18.27 billion in 2009. In 2010 sales outside China continued to be the main driver of Huaweis business. Overseas revenue rose 34% to RMB120.41 billion in 2010 from RMB90.02 billion in 2009, fueled by regions including North America and Russia. In 2010 sales outside China continued to be the main driver of Huaweis business. Overseas revenue rose 34% to RMB120.41 billion in 2010 from RMB90.02 billion in 2009, fueled by regions including North America and Russia. Revenues from China rose 9.7% to RMB64.77 billion, as the country's big telecom operators reduced their investment last year.