During his visit to Shanghai, José Manuel Soria visited the installations of the innovation and development centre owned by the Chinese telecom solutions provider Huawei, together with Guotian Min, the Vice-President of Huawei Technologies, and Walter Ji, CEO of Huawei in Spain and Portugal.
Huawei is a Chinese multinational telecom solutions provider that offers its services to the majority of operators around the world. Its products and solutions are used in more than 140 countries and cater to the communication needs of one third of the world's population. The company's Spanish affiliate, which last year celebrated its tenth anniversary in Spain, has 5 regional offices, a central headquarters in Madrid and employs almost 1,000 professionals in Spain.
After visiting the innovation centre, the Spanish minister signed a partnership agreement between Huawei and the School for Industrial Organisation (Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI)), operated under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, under which both parties will develop an annual training programme with 10 internships for Spanish telecommunications students, who will receive the opportunity to work at the R&D centres owned by the company in China.
Furthermore, the Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism and the Vice-President of Huawei Technologies also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ministry and the company to set up a joint working group to explore the possibility of establishing a new R&D centre in Spain.
The minister highlighted Huawei's commitment to innovation and said that Spain is a good investment choice as the country has skilled and creative human resources conducive to the undertaking of activities with considerable added value. He went on to say that the Spanish telecommunications market boasts significant business volume and Spanish companies have an important presence in such emerging markets as Ibero-America, thus making Spain a perfect springboard for the development of activities aimed at this emerging region. Furthermore, Spain has announced it will be deploying new 4G technologies in a year's time, as it did last year with GSM technology.