Huawei today announced a €150 million investment and the creation of 200 new jobs as it plans to open its first European cloud hub in Dublin. The announcement was made at the Huawei Connect event in Paris, France. The hub will create 60 jobs in the next 2 years and 200 by 2027, including sales, pre-sales, legal, tax, operational, management and research positions.
The new European hub will serve customers across the continent and help ambitious Irish enterprises to expand into new global markets, by providing a secure, compliant, innovative, and sustainable cloud platform for growth and development. Supported by Huawei’s industry-leading technology, investment in R&D, and open digital ecosystem, Huawei Cloud will offer a suite of cutting-edge cloud services across Europe, using Ireland as the platform.
The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment Leo Varadkar said: “This significant €150 million investment by Huawei with the creation of 200 jobs over five years is really welcome and demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to Ireland. It’s also an endorsement of Ireland as an enterprise-friendly environment where companies like Huawei can grow and prosper. Huawei is expanding its portfolio of services in Ireland with this investment, which will substantially enhance our thriving technology ecosystem. I wish Huawei continued success in developing its presence here.”
Speaking about the positioning and business development goals of Huawei Cloud in Ireland, Tony Yangxu, CEO of Huawei Ireland, said: “I am honoured to announce the arrival of Huawei Cloud to Ireland. We see Ireland as a strategically important location for the global deployment of Huawei Cloud. The new offering will be based on stable, reliable, secure, compliant, innovative, and sustainable cloud services customised to meet the needs of various Irish and European customers, but particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It offers innovative Irish and European enterprises the opportunity to access new markets and potentially reach global customers. Digitalisation represents the biggest opportunity for all industries over the next decade, and it is set to supercharge the cloud sector.”
Speaking about the launch, Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, added: “Huawei’s latest expansion further positions Ireland as an important hub for its European and global operations, and is clear evidence of the company’s continued commitment to this country. Its decision to choose Ireland as its European Operation Centre for cloud services is another endorsement of our strong business-friendly environment and digital ecosystem. These new services leverage Huawei’s industry-leading technology and R&D expertise, and are testament to the strength of Ireland’s offering including our extremely strong talent pool.”
Huawei Cloud will align with existing Huawei functions in Ireland, supporting SME and start-up digitalization in partnership with industry partners and state agencies including IDA Ireland. It will offer customers resources such as cloud credits, technical support and access to international venture-capital networks to help speed up digitalisation and support expansion into global and Asian markets, also facilitating Asian and Chinese enterprises to increase investment in Ireland.
Speaking about the regional strategies of Huawei Cloud, Tim Tao, President of Huawei Cloud West European regioncommented: “Huawei Cloud draws on Huawei’s over 30 years of expertise in ICT technologies, products, and solutions and provides customers with reliable, secure, and sustainable cloud services. In Europe, Huawei Cloud is committed to building the cloud foundation for an intelligent world with ubiquitous cloud and pervasive intelligence. We will continuously innovate and work with our customers, partners, and developers with a mindset of “Think cloud native, act cloud native”, building an all-digital, all-cloud, AI-driven world with everything as a service.”
Huawei is committed to using digital technologies to support digitalization and sustainability in Ireland. Through its data centre partners who use existing grid connections, the new €150 million investment will enable Huawei Cloud to strengthen its investment in R&D, marketing, the SME and start-up ecosystem, and greener infrastructure in the region.