Huawei Technologies is a telecom solutions company that offers infrastructure application software and devices with wireline, wireless, and IP technologies. It was founded in January 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer in the Chinese People's Liberation Army. It is headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong.
The company’s products and solutions have been deployed in over 100 countries and have served 45 of the world's top 50 telecom operators as well as one third of the world's population. Huawei Technologies has 3 divisions in the United States: enterprise (IP networking and routers, wireless, storage, data center security), carrier, and consumer devices (smartphones and tablets).
In 1987 - Huawei Founded
Ren Zhengfei, a former deputy director of the People's Liberation Army engineering corps, founded Huawei in 1987 in Shenzhen. The company was a sales agent for a Hong Kong company producing Private Branch Exchange (PBX) switches .
In 1990 - Huawei initiatives independent research
Huawei embarks on independent research and the commercialization of PBX technologies focused on serving hotels and other small enterprises.
In 1992 - Huawei begins R&D
Huawei starts to invest and develop its R&D capabilities and also launches its rural digital switching solution.
In 1995 - Huawei reaches sales of RMB1.5 billion
Huawei generates sales of RMB1.5 billion, mainly derived from rural markets in China.
In 1996 ~ 1998 - Huawei enters into urban Chinese markets
From 1996 to 1998, Huawei began to penetrate China's growing cities, after previously predominantly focusing on the rural market.
In 1999 - Huawei Establishes an R&D lab in Bangalore, India
Huawei founds an R&D centre in Bangalore, India. This is the company's first overseas research and development project, with just a handful of engineers. This was the beginning of Huawei's business growth in India.
In 2000 - Huawei Establishes an R&D lab in Stockholm, Sweden
Huawei expands its international footprint into Europe. The company also reached $100 million in sales from international markets.
In 2001 - Huawei Establishes 4 R&D Centers in the US, Joins ITU
In addition to establishing four new research and developments centers in the United States, Huawei joined the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
In 2004 - Huawei wins its first European contract
Huawei wins its first European contract with Dutch operator Telfort, valued at $25 million. Huawei also established a 3G joint venture with Siemens worth $100 million.
In 2005 - International Sales outpace Domestic
Huawei's international contract orders exceed domestic sales for the first time, vaulting the company onto the international stage, coinciding with China's economic miracle.
In 2007 - Partnered with all top European Operators
By the end of 2007, Huawei established partnerships with all of Europe's top telecom operators, significantly integrated itself into the global telecommunications network.
In 2008- Ranked #3 In Global mobile network equipment
Informa ranked Huawei, #3 in terms of mobile network equipment market share. BusinessWeek also recognized Huawei as one of the world's most influential companies.
In 2009 - #2 in Radio Access Equipment- Achieves 20% Energy Consumption reduction
Huawei was ranked #2 in radio access equipment worldwide, and also reduced its resource consumption by 20%, with 3,000 new sites powered using alternative energy. Also received the "2009 Corporate Award" from IEEE-SA.
In 2010- Awarded the"2010 Corporate Use of Innovation Award" by The Economist
The Economist awarded Huawei its 2010 Corporate Use of Innovation Award, recognizing the companies large-scale implementation of innovative technologies.
In 2011 - Builds 20 Cloud Computing Data Centers, shipped 20 million smartphones worldwide
Huawei bolstered its cloud computing capabilities by building 20 new computing data centers to prepare for the era of cloud computing dominance. In addition their smartphone business shipped 20 million units worldwide.
In 2013- Leader in commercial LTE deployment, released 5G white paper, opened European Logistics Center
Huawei remained the global leader in commercial LTE deployment in over 100 cities and 9 financial centers. As a founding member of the 5G Innovation Center, Huawei also released a white paper on 5G. Lastly, Huawei opened its European Logistics Center in Hungary, serving Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
In 2014 - Established 5G technology R&D centers in 9 countries
Huawei began to expand its 5G research capabilities, and also shipped a total of 75 million smartphone, nearly quadrupling the number of units shipped since 2011.
In 2015 - Huawei global top patent applicant according to the WIPO, smartphones shipped tops 100 million
For the second consecutive year, according to the WIPO, Huawei led the world in patent applications. In addition, their smartphone shipments topped 100 million, and their LTE coverage includes over 140 capital cities.
In 2017 - Huawei Smart City Solutions in more than 100 cities in over 40 countries
Huawei drafted nine national standards for smart cities in China, and Huawei's Safe City solutions have served over 800 million people in over 200 cities across more than 80 countries and regions.
In 2017 - Smartphone sales reach 139 million
Huawei's sales of smartphones in 2016 reached 139 million, up 29% from 2015. Huawei's global smartphone market share rose to 11.9%, fortifying their position as one of the top 3 players globally.