Brussels, Belgium - May 07, 2015 - Huawei has launched its European Research Institute (ERI) to be located in Leuven, Belgium. The Institute will manage the company’s growing array of European R&D facilities, overseeing the work of the 18 R&D sites that Huawei has established in eight European countries. The research activities of the network focus on next-generation network technology. Currently, Huawei has over 1,200 R&D employees in Europe.
The new ERI will be headed by Dr. Zhou Hong, who has been in charge of Huawei’s European R&D, standardization and technical cooperation activities since 2014. Dr. Walter Weigel, former Director General of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI), has been appointed vice-president. Leuven, with its proximity to numerous EU institutions and partner organizations, was chosen as a strategic location for the new R&D hub.
The Institute will support Huawei’s various 5G projects underway in Europe. As a member of several 5G research projects, including the EU’s METIS and 5G-PPP, Huawei is working with partners to achieve breakthroughs in technology research. It is conducting joint research into future mobile networks and implementing a 5G testbed at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre in the UK. It has also launched a 5G Vertical Industry Accelerator (5G VIA) and built a 5G testbed with European partners in Munich, Germany to simulate real-world scenarios in vertical industries, enabling a more rapid application of 5G technology.