Huawei to open European Research Institute in Belgium


ERI will oversee the work of the manufacturer’s 18 R&D sites in eight European countries, supporting its various 5G projects currently underway

Huawei has revealed it will open a European Research Institute (ERI) in Leuven, Belgium. The announcement was made by the manufacturer’s rotating CEO Guo Ping (pictured) at the European Business Summit this morning.

The Institute will oversee the work of Huawei’s 18 R&D sites it has established in eight European countries – Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK – which employ more than 1,200 people.

It will support Huawei’s various 5G projects underway in Europe. It is conducting joint research into the future of mobile networks and implementing a 5G testbed at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre in the UK.

It has also launched a 5G Vertical Industry Accelerator and built a 5G testbed with European partners in Munich to simulate real-world scenarios in vertical industries, enabling a more rapid application of 5G technology.

The Institute will be headed by Dr. Zhou Hong, who has been in charge of Huawei’s European R&D, standardisation and technical cooperation activities since last year. Dr. Walter Weigel, who was formerly Director General of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, has been appointed vice president.

“Europe enjoys a favorable industrial environment, and is the global competence center for Huawei,” said Ping.

“As digitization transforms every business into a digital business, Huawei is working with its partners to achieve a smooth transition towards ‘Europe 4.0’ – the digitized European Union of the future in which everyone and everything will be connected. Our aim is to help Europe achieve smart growth and build a better connected Europe.”