Huawei to build R&D and manufacturing centre in UK


People are seen at the booth of Chinese tech company Huawei at the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 25, 2019. (File photo: Xinhua)

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei announced Thursday that it had received UK permission to build a research and development centre in Cambridge, eastern England.

It will invest £1.0 billion ($1.2 billion, 1.1 billion euros) under a first phase to build the global headquarters for its business dealing with optoelectronics -- "a key technology used in fibre optic communication systems", it said.

"The UK is home to a vibrant and open market, as well as some of the best talent the world has to offer," Victor Zhang, vice president of Huawei, said in a statement announcing the project in Cambridge, which is world-renowned for its university. 

"It's the perfect location for this integrated innovation campus." 

Zhang added: "Ultimately, we want to help enshrine the UK's leading position in optoelectronics and promote UK tech on a global scale."

Huawei said the first phase would create around 400 local jobs. 

"This investment will be a major boost for high-tech development in the region, helping to further cement Cambridge as a global innovation hub."