Huawei is a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Guangdong, China. Founded in 1987, the company originally focused on manufacturing phone switches, but has expanded its operations to building telecommunications networks and manufacturing communications devices. Huawei works with some of the world’s largest telecoms operators, counting British Telecom (BT), Vodafone, Orange, and T-Mobile among its notable partners. This continued success has made the company one of the top brands in China, an estimated its brand value of more than 18 billion U.S. dollars.
Huawei’s revenue has consistently increased since 2007, and has reached the highest figure to date in 2015. The company is split into three core business segments – carrier network business, enterprise business, and consumer business. Its carrier network business is the company’s most lucrative segment, with the consumer business sector being the second most profitable one. Although Huawei has developed into a global company, a large proportion of its revenue is still generated in its domestic market. As of 2015, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa are the second largest and most important markets for the company.
Huawei is the largest network service provider in the world, accounting for about a quarter of the global market share. Huawei is also the leading manufacturer of VoIP and IMS equipment with about 28 percent of the global market. Ericsson is the company’s closest competitor in both markets. Another market led by the Chinese telecom giant is the optical telecom equipment market, where Huawei remains the dominant force with a global market share of around 20 percent. ZTE and Ciena are Huawei’s main competitors in the optical telecom equipment market. The company is also one of the main players in the routers, telecom equipment, and ethernet switch market.
Although Huawei supplies many white-label products for other content-service providers, it also produces and sells a variety of devices under its own name. As of the third quarter of 2016, the company held a share of around nine percent of the global smartphone market, selling more than 90 million smartphones in the first three quarters of 2016 alone.
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