Huawei Interested in Opening R&D Office in Waterloo Region

by Istvan Fekete on January 29, 2015

Huawei Technologies is interested in opening a research and development office in the Waterloo Region. The news comes as a solution for an area which has been working against the odds to find jobs for hundreds of employees who have been laid off by BlackBerry.

While the office is said to focus on mobile security, everything depends on whether Huawei is able to find enough engineers to staff it. As one of the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers and biggest suppliers of telecommunications equipment, Huawei is working with a former BlackBerry executive.

“It’s testing the waters in terms of what we might do in Kitchener-Waterloo,” Scott Bradley, an Ottawa-based spokesperson for Huawei Canada, said Wednesday to Inside Brockville.

“Clearly, the fact that we have job postings for Kitchener-Waterloo indicates we have interest in the region,” he said. “It’s obviously a sign that we are hoping to do something.”

Huawei wants to see what talent is available before making public commitments, said Bradley. “Who can we attract? Who’s out there?”

Depending on the talent available in the region, Huawei Canada will make a decision on whether it will locate a research and development office there sometime in the second quarter of this year. As of now, the company is focusing heavily on spreading the word to get the best talent available.

The Canadian arm of the company has had an R&D centre in Ottawa since 2008, which employs 250 engineers. They started by luring away three leading engineers from Nortel. Huawei announced last fall that it would invest $210 million in Ontario over the next five years to add 325 employees, including 250 engineers.

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