Huawei to move research centre from U.S. to Canada, founder says

James Marshall
December 5, 2019

Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. has plans to move its research and development (R&D) center from the Canada and has already shifted key staff members as the spat between the US and China over trade, technology and ongoing unrest in Hong Kong intensifies.

Huawei's "center for research and development will be moved out of the United States, and that will be relocated to Canada", Ren told the Globe and Mail, adding that the company will also manufacture some mobile network equipment outside China.

Huawei Technologies the No. 2 global smartphone brand and the biggest maker of network gear for phone carriers.

In November, the USA government granted a 90-day reprieve to companies in rural parts of the country that buy equipment from Huawei.

Ren gave no details of how many jobs might be affected. Huawei operates a research and development centre in Silicon Valley in California but confirmed in June it was cutting jobs following the USA sanctions.

Huawei has stripped USA technology from 5G equipment sold around the world, and by the end of next year Ren said he expects its entire consumer lineup to be purged of US parts. "According to the USA ban, we couldn't communicate, call, email or contact our own employees in the United States".

"The research and development centre will move from the United States, and Canada will be the centre", Ren said in a video excerpt of the interview on the Globe and Mail website.

"We can't exchange calls or emails with them", Ren said.

Ren said the speed of the research centre move will depend in part on if US staff will be allowed to move to Canada.

"There's Chinese companies looking to do investment here, and there's Canadian companies looking to do business in China".

The blacklist was imposed by the Trump administration in May, with most USA companies banned from selling to the Chinese company.

Huawei has been facing a growing list of legal and policy challenges from USA authorities, with allegations ranging from fraud to money laundering, theft of trade secrets and espionage.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article