16 Oct 2014

Introducing Huawei

Brennan IT is pleased to announce that we have formed a partnership with Huawei, one of the most innovative and exciting telecommunications equipment vendors in the world. So meteoric has its rise been in recent years that in 2012 it overtook Ericsson as the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, a position it continues to consolidate to this day.

Who are Huawei?

Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, Huawei Technologies is a private company that was founded by Ren Zhengfei in 1987. Now with 140,000 employees, what is most fascinating about this company is that nearly half of its workers are dedicated to R & D. Infact, Huawei commitment to R & D sees the company maintain 21 dedicated facilities around the world and in 2013 invested more than US$5 billion into this area.

These days Huawei offers a full suite of Networking, Cloud, and Data Centre products for enterprises, while also having its own take on mobile phones, tablets, home media, and even fitness bands for consumers. It is a truly multinational and multi-faceted company.

Recent news and developments

Huawei has identified taking on Apple in the phone business as a core strategy for it into the future. The company currently has around seven per cent of the worlds smart phone market, a number that it plans to raise to above 25 per cent (currently Apple is at 12 per cent and Samsung at 25 per cent). It’s currently seen as a “tier-2” smartphone manufacturer, along with the likes of LG and Sony, and plans to move into “tier-1” shortly, according to the company’s consumer unit head, Richard Yu.

The company continues to innovate in its enterprise businesses, too. In the network energy field, Huawei adheres to a 4S (Simple, Scalable, Smart, and Saving) concept, and has successfully applied its global leading ICT technologies to energy systems, enhancing the efficiency of energy transformation and utilisation. Huawei is now capable of delivering superior site energy and data center energy solutions for global customers.

In the commercial enterprise in particular, Huawei continues to demonstrate a commitment to innovation and quality that has been directly responsible for it taking the market leading position that it currently enjoys now. The company is very confident in the perception it has in the community, as evidenced by its plans to step into the mobile payments space, one of the most sensitive areas where customer trust is absolutely crucial to see success.

The future

Many analysts believe that Huawei’s star, bright as it is, is just starting to rise. As a challenger brand in many of the product categories that it is playing in, the company stands to gain a lot from its commitment to innovation. Further, as the market leader in other categories, it has the resources to make heavy investments in key areas.

Huawei’s strategy in the enterprise domain focuses on close cooperation and integration with partners like Brennan IT to deliver a wide range of highly efficient customer-centric ICT solutions and services that are based on a deep understanding of customer needs. Brennan IT have made a commitment this year to focus more heavily on the needs of individual industries, and Huawei already achieve this with a wide range of products and solutions based on individual customer requirements and feedback.

Huawei’s main challenge will be in overcoming the perception that it faces in some sectors. It remains a private company, which some see as negative, but it has expressed an openness towards the idea of listing in the past. The company’s commitment to innovation and quality will certainly see it overcome those challenges in the near future, and now as a key Brennan IT partner, we will see even more spectacular technologies emerge.