Huawei

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (/ˈhwɑːw/ WHAH-way; Chinese: 华为; pinyin: Huáwéi) is a Chinese multinational technology company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. It designs, develops, and sells telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics.[4]

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Native name
华为技术有限公司
Huáwéi jìshù yǒuxiàn gōngsī
TypePrivate
ISINHK0000HWEI11
Industry
Founded15 September 1987; 34 years ago (1987-09-15)
FounderRen Zhengfei
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide (exempting United States since 2019)
Key people
Ren Zhengfei (founder & CEO)
Liang Hua (chairman)
Meng Wanzhou (deputy chairwoman & CFO)
Products
BrandsHuawei, Honor (2013–2020)
Revenue CN¥891.368 billion (US$136.23 billion) (2020)[1]
CN¥72.501 billion (US$11.08 billion) (2020)
CN¥64.649 billion (US$9.88 billion) (2020)
Total assets CN¥876.854 billion (US$134.01 billion) (2020)
Total equity CN¥330.408 billion (US$50.49 billion) (2020)
Number of employees
197,000 (2020)[1]
ParentHuawei Investment & Holding[2]
SubsidiariesHonor (2013–2020)
Amartus
Caliopa
Chinasoft International
FutureWei Technologies
HexaTier
HiSilicon
iSoftStone
Websitewww.huawei.com
Footnotes / references
[3]
Huawei
"Huawei" in Simplified (top) and Traditional (bottom) Chinese characters
Simplified Chinese华为
Traditional Chinese華為
Literal meaning"Splendid Achievement" or "Chinese Achievement"
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Simplified Chinese华为技术有限公司
Traditional Chinese華為技術有限公司

The company was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former Deputy Regimental Chief in the People's Liberation Army.[5] Initially focused on manufacturing phone switches, Huawei has expanded its business to include building telecommunications networks, providing operational and consulting services and equipment to enterprises inside and outside of China, and manufacturing communications devices for the consumer market.[6][7] Huawei has over 194,000 employees as of December 2019.[8]

Huawei has deployed its products and services in more than 170 countries and areas.[9] It overtook Ericsson in 2012 as the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world,[10] and overtook Apple in 2018 as the second-largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world, behind Samsung Electronics.[11] In 2018, Huawei reported that its annual revenue was US$108.5 billion.[12] In July 2020, Huawei surpassed Samsung and Apple to become the top smartphone brand (in number of phones shipped) in the world for the first time.[13] This was primarily due to a drop in Samsung's global sales in the second quarter of 2020, owing to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.[13][14][15][4]

Although successful internationally, Huawei has faced difficulties in some markets, due to claims of undue state support, links to the People's Liberation Army, and cybersecurity concerns—primarily from the United States government—that Huawei's infrastructure equipment may enable surveillance by the Chinese government.[16][17] With the development of 5G wireless networks, there have been calls from the U.S. and its allies to not do any kind of business with Huawei or other Chinese telecommunications companies such as ZTE.[18] Huawei has argued that its products posed "no greater cybersecurity risk" than those of any other vendor and that there is no evidence of the U.S. espionage claims.[19] Questions regarding Huawei's ownership and control as well as concerns regarding the extent of state support also remain.[16] Huawei has also been accused of assisting in the surveillance and mass detention of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang re-education camps, which have resulted in sanctions by the United States Department of State.[20][21][22] Huawei tested facial recognition AI capable of recognizing ethnicity-specific features to alert government authorities to members of the ethnic group.[23]

In the midst of an ongoing trade war between China and the United States, Huawei was restricted from doing commerce with U.S. companies due to alleged previous willful violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran. On 29 June 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump reached an agreement to resume trade talks with China and announced that he would ease the aforementioned sanctions on Huawei. Huawei cut 600 jobs at its Santa Clara research center in June, and in December 2019 founder Ren Zhengfei said it was moving the center to Canada because the restrictions would block them from interacting with US employees.[24][25] On 17 November 2020, according to technology blog Engadget, Huawei agreed to sell the Honor brand to Shenzen Zhixin New Information Technology to "ensure its survival", after the US sanctions against them.[26] On July 23, 2021, Huawei reportedly hired Tony Podesta as a consultant and lobbyist, with a goal of nurturing the company's relationship with the Biden administration.[27][28]