Huawei Adding 2,000 Staff in India

Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies plans to add about 2,000 staff in India in the next 18 months to two years, as it sees its opportunities growing in the country.

Huawei had US$1.3 billion in revenue from India last year, and expects to do more than that this year, J. Gilbert, a spokesman for Huawei in India, said Thursday.

The company supplies equipment to a large number of Indian mobile service operators, like Tata Teleservices, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications, he said. Some of those customers have been expanding their operations in the country, he added.

Huawei already employs 4,000 staff in India, including 2,000 staff at its research and development center in Bangalore.

The R&D center plans to add close to 500 staff in the next two years in a number of areas including Internet Protocol projects, operating systems, software delivery platforms, managed services, and systems integration. These are services the center plans to offer customers worldwide, Gilbert said.

The company is also considering manufacturing in India, depending on commercial viability, Gilbert said. "There aren't any concrete plans yet," he added.

India and China went to war in 1962, and strained relations over a border dispute continue between the two countries. Indian media earlier this year said the government may recommend that telecom operators avoid buying equipment from Huawei and other Chinese companies for security reasons.

Huawei has not received any related intimation from either the government or its customers, Gilbert said.

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