Huawei Facts

Connected over three billion people in 170+ countries

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100% owned
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30-year track record of
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Huawei is an independent, privately-held company that provides information and communication technology (ICT).

We serve three main types of customers globally:

  • Telecom operators that provide Internet, broadband, wireless, plus fixed and mobile phone services
  • Enterprises, organizations, institutions, governments & public utilities, as well as industries: finance, energy, transportation & manufacturing
  • Consumers, who buy our smartphones, smart watches, laptop computers and other devices

Everything we develop and deliver to our customers is secure, trustworthy, and this has been consistent over a track record of 30 years.

We were founded in 1987, in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, with about 21,000 RMB in start-up capital. Since then, we’ve grown to become the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications equipment and the second-largest manufacturer of smartphones.

In 2019, we delivered US$122.9billion in revenue. On July 13, 2020, we announced our business results for the first half of 2020: CNY 454.0billion in revenue, a 13.1% increase over the same period last year. We rank 49 on the 2020 Fortune Global 500 list.

Huawei employs 194,000 people in more than 170 countries. We are a market leader in China and many countries across Europe, Asia, and Africa. More than 3 billion of the world’s population uses Huawei’s products and services to make calls, send text messages, or surf the internet.

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We focus on innovation, and we are one of the world’s largest investors in R&D.

We have a global R&D presence, with 14 R&D Institutes and Centers, 36 joint innovation centers and 45 training centers. Nearly half of our employees are engaged in some form of R&D and in 2018 Huawei invested over US$15 billion in 2018. In the next five years, we plan to invest US$100 billion.

Huawei is one of the world’s largest patent holders. We have been granted 87,805 patents and 11,152 core technology patents were granted by the United States.

We are actively involved in more than 360 standards bodies and we have put forward more than 54,000 proposals to set industry standards. We also invest in open source communities and partner with major industry players to innovate in emerging domains, such as cloud computing, 5G, and the Internet of Things.


Huawei is the front-runner in the race to 5G. We are more than a year ahead of the rest of the industry in terms of 5G technology and deployment. We are the only company that can provide end-to-end 5G systems. This includes both wireless base stations and self-developed antennas and chips. This unique technological advantage allows Huawei to deliver the best-performing, most-integrated, and energy-efficient 5G solutions in the industry.

We have earned the trust of more partners for 5G deployment than any other company. We have signed 50 commercial contracts and signed cooperation agreements with more than 50 partners. We have shipped more than 150,000 5G base stations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Without Huawei’s innovation and products, the roll-out of 5G would take more time, be more expensive and consumers would be left paying the bill. Governments and customers that are focused on using the best supplier for their 5G network deployment will substantially shorten the time-to-market of this new technology. For example, LG U+ in Korea has already launched 5G services after deploying 5G networks with Huawei equipment.

Huawei started research in 5G as early as 2009 and we have been a key contributor to 5G standards. We believe in an open and competitive marketplace that allows operators and consumers to realize the benefits of affordable 5G. To that end, we have established industry organizations, such as the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), 5G Slicing Association (5GSA), and 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) and are a member of the EU’s 5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP).

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence (AI), in the simplest terms, is the creation of machines that think, adapt and demonstrate human-like intelligence. Much like electricity during the Industrial Revolution, AI will be the pivotal technology in the 21st century. The applications of AI are almost limitless and they have already touched numerous industries including healthcare, automotive, financial, and gaming. Huawei expects the global AI market to reach US$380 billion by 2025.

We have been working on AI for 10 years and our strategy is to invest in research and talent, build a strong AI portfolio, foster an open global ecosystem, and drive operational efficiency at Huawei. Our AI solutions are making this emerging and evolving technology more accessible and more affordable for everyone.

We recently launched our full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, which can be used across all types of networks, clouds and devices, and it offers broad functionality for our customers. In the telecom sector, our AI technologies will streamline network operations and management. Our AI solutions are helping businesses and governments become more efficient.

For consumers, our technology makes smart devices even smarter. In our new Mate 20 Pro device, we incorporated incredible AI features into the camera, including an app that can “translate” facial expressions and emotions into corresponding sounds for the visually impaired. And our new AI Ascend series chips are aimed at data centers and smart devices. These chips can process more data more quickly than any other chip on the market, allowing people to access the information they need even faster.

We are committed to working with industry partners, open source communities and developers to make AI more inclusive, effective, and reliable for everyone. As testament to this, we announced in October 2018 a $140 million education fund to train the next generation of AI talent.


Huawei is the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer. Last year, sales exceeded a record $52 billion for consumer products in 2018. We sold more than 200 million smartphones and a total of 100 million PCs, tablets, wearable devices, routers and other IoT devices.

Our two flagship smartphones – the Mate series and the P series – are products of a 30-year-long experience in the ICT industry. These devices bring together some of our finest innovations, helping people to make the most of the world around them.

In 2018 we launched our Huawei Mate 20 series, which incorporated a brand-new AI chip that, along with incredible lens technology from our partners at Leica, revealed the industry’s best-performing smartphone camera.

In December of last year, we took this a stage further with our Mate 20 Pro which now comes with software able to “translate” facial expressions and emotions into corresponding sounds helping the visually-impaired engage with the world around them.

Our innovation doesn’t stop there: our batteries deliver some of the longest lasting devices on the market, our GPU Turbo processing technology delivers super-smooth graphics that make games a joy to play on a mobile. And we were the first smartphone company to achieve the industry’s leading safety certification for super-fast battery charging.

2019 will see more technology firsts with the incorporation of 5G chips into our devices. The world’s first folding smartphones will also be announced in February 2019.

As with all of our other technologies, we are committed to working co-operatively across the industry. Our HiAI ecosystem, based on our Kirin (AI) chipsets, is open to partners and developers around the world to create new, intelligent applications.

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Security is in Huawei’s DNA and security requirements are embedded into how we design, build and deliver all our products. Since Huawei was founded in 1987, there has not been a single major cyber security incident.

We are fully aware of the importance of cyber security and understands the various concerns of governments and customers regarding security. Huawei believes that the establishment of an open and transparent security assurance framework will be conducive to the sound and sustainable development of the entire industry and technological innovation; it will also facilitate smooth and secure communications between people.

With this in mind, Huawei has built – and will continue to invest in – an end-to-end global cyber security assurance system. Every year, we spend 5% of our R&D budget on cyber security R&D. On top of that, we will invest US$2 billion, over the next five years, to further enhance the security of our products and services globally.

This is a crucial company strategy and demonstrates our commitment to expanding and refining a robust compliance system to ensure we abide by all applicable laws and regulations in the countries and regions where we operate, including all export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US, and EU. This is both corporate policy and our most fundamental operating principle.

Cyber security: our top priority

In today’s connected society, if the global ICT industry is unable to solve or confront the threats of cyber security, the digital world will inevitably collapse.

That’s why ensuring secure networks for our customers is our number one goal.

And serving customers is the only reason Huawei exists.

Natural disasters, wars, cyber attacks – nothing has ever stopped us from doing our absolute best to give customers a stable, reliable, secure network.

Despite what you may have heard, we’re a 100% private company, owned by our employees. We don’t have a silent partner. We answer to no one. We comply with all laws and regulations.

If any authority tried to force us to maliciously violate our customers’ trust, we would rather shut the company down than allow our reputation to be forever ruined.

Every big tech company has a vision – a way of imagining the future. Ours is to bring digital technology to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

We are ready to make sacrifices – at any cost – to realize that vision, and to defend our customers’ privacy and security.

We vow never to hurt any country, organization, or individual by compromising their security or violating their trust.

That is our highest agenda. And our solemn promise to you.

US$2 bn for Software Engineering Transformation

We are committed to cyber security and privacy protection. We are committed to building trust and high quality into every ICT infrastructure product and solution we develop.

Huawei will spend US$2 billion over the next five years to increase the security standards of our equipment and improve our software engineering capabilities and practices.

Huawei’s cyber security focus areas:

Security: To strengthen the defensive capabilities of our products, including their ability to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of services and data

Resilience: To ensure the system can continue to be in a known state while under attack, even if in a degraded state, and rapidly recover after an attack.

Privacy: Protecting privacy is a regulatory requirement and one of Huawei’s key values. Users should be able to appropriately control how their data is used, and when and if they want to receive information based on their own individual needs. Data use policies should be transparent, and we need to ensure the right set of capabilities and mechanisms to fully protect private data.

Reliability & Availability: To ensure long-term, fault-free operations for the entire lifecycle of our products. They must be able to rapidly recover and self-manage, and provide predictable and consistent service.

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Unified standards and certifications are an important part of Huawei's cyber security assurance system. Huawei advocates and complies with globally accepted cyber security standards and certifications.

Since 2004, Huawei's security management system has passed BS7799-2/ISO 27001 certification, and Huawei's products have passed more than 200 security certifications, including CC, FIPS, PCI DSS, CSA STAR, and O-TTPS.

Huawei remains open and transparent, and actively collaborates with governments, customers, and third-party testing institutions that independently test and evaluate the security of Huawei's products and solutions.

We have been working with the UK government since 2010. We established an independent Cyber Security Evaluation Centre in the UK, which evaluates the security of the products that Huawei sells in the UK telecom market. We have also established a similar system in Canada.

Huawei has built two security testing environments in Brussels and the city of Dongguan, China. These environments provide the necessary testing tools, equipment, resources, and technical support for customers or their designated third-party institutions. This helps them to independently verify the security of Huawei's products. Many customers have completed verification with the support of Huawei.

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We create value for our customers. We provide organizations and industries with open, flexible, and secure ICT infrastructure platforms that help them go digital. We offer enterprise customers stable, reliable, and secure cloud services that evolve with their needs. Our smartphones and other smart devices improve people's digital experience in work, life, and entertainment.

We enable sustainable development. As a responsible corporate citizen, Huawei bridges the digital divide in the world’s remotest areas and disaster-stricken communities. Our equipment has restored communications networks and ensured the reliable operation of essential telecoms equipment in Ebola-affected areas of West Africa, nuclear contaminated zones following the Japanese tsunami, and the massive earthquake that struck Sichuan in China. Everything we do prioritizes low-carbon and environmental protection, providing our customers with top-of-the-line products and solutions that save energy and reduce Huawei’s environmental impact. Our global Seeds for the Future program works with young talent across 108 countries and regions to transfer knowledge, and encourage broader involvement in the digital community.

We ensure secure and stable network operations. We have developed close relationships with carrier partners over 30 years, building 1,500+ networks in more than 170 countries and regions. Together, we have accelerated the arrival of the Information Age by connecting more than three billion people around the world. We have helped the Internet become truly accessible and interconnected.

We promote industry development. We are driving the industry forward as an active member of more than 360 standards organizations, industry alliances, and open source communities, to develop mainstream standards and lay the foundation for the industry’s shared success. Together, we are driving innovation in cloud computing, software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and 5G.

We drive economic growth. Huawei generates tax revenues, provides local employment opportunities, and stimulates the development of the ICT value chain in every country where we operate. Furthermore, we deliver innovative ICT solutions that drive the digital transformation of all industries, fostering economic growth and improving quality of life.