Huawei sees stronger sales growth for enterprise division

MILAN Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:07pm IST

Journalists attend the presentation of the Huawei's new smartphone, the Ascend P7, launched by China's Huawei Technologies in Paris, May 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Files

Journalists attend the presentation of the Huawei's new smartphone, the Ascend P7, launched by China's Huawei Technologies in Paris, May 7, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer/Files

Related Topics

MILAN (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms group Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] has increased its sales growth rate target at its enterprise business this year to 40 percent, board member and head of strategy William Xu said on Tuesday.

The world's second-largest telecoms equipment maker had previously forecast that sales at its enterprise division would grow 30 percent in 2014 from the previous year's 15,263 million yuan ($2.45 billion) - more than 6 percent of its total revenue.

"Last year we reached a (sales) growth rate of 32.4 percent and this year we expect to see 40 percent," said Xu, who also heads the enterprise division.

This division is the smallest of the Shenzhen-based group's three major business groups. Its products include data services and building private telecoms networks for companies and organisations.

The other two businesses are the consumer division, which includes smartphone manufacturing, and the network business, which accounted for almost 70 percent of sales last year.

Speaking at an event organised by Huawei in Milan, Xu said the focus of its enterprise business globally was on customers in the finance and transportation industries as well as energy and media.

Turning to the U.S. market, where Huawei has been blocked from certain projects because of security concerns, he said the major focus for the enterprise business was media and education. But when asked if he could give a U.S. sales target he said: "We will take a step by step approach."

Huawei has set up 28 innovation centres with customers around the world, 18 of which are located in Europe, where it now has more than 7,700 employees, according to a Huawei statement.

Xu said the group would hire 5,500 more employees in Europe in the next five years and the number of employees dedicated to research and development will double to more than 1,700.

($1 = 6.2240 Chinese Yuan Renminbi)

(Reporting by Danilo Masoni. Editing by Jane Merriman)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Rising Star

Reuters Showcase

Cybercrime

Cybercrime

Hacker sentenced to 21 months in U.S. prison for $15 mln scheme.  Full Article 

Printed Instruments

Printed Instruments

3D printed instruments make sweet music in Sweden.  Video 

Tweet Debut

Tweet Debut

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet.  Full Article 

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Google bolsters artificial intelligence efforts, partners with Oxford.  Full Article 

Fighting For Workers

Fighting For Workers

Ralph Nader urges Apple to reduce buybacks, improve wages - WSJ.  Full Article 

Future Uncertainty

Future Uncertainty

Ericsson flags North America slowdown.  Full Article 

Microsoft Earnings

Microsoft Earnings

Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, cloud profits up.  Full Article 

Looking To Sell

Looking To Sell

HP seeking buyers for corporate-networking business in China - WSJ.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage