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Big sales growth nothing to do with NSA fears - Huawei top brass

Chinese kit-maker has stolen Europe from the yanks

Sean Connery in Dr. No

Chinese kit-maker Huawei isn't apportioning swelling sales outside the Middle Kingdom to NSA snooping fears, more that double digit growth in Europe is related to brand recognition a decade after it up shop there.

According to 2014 numbers, the global Carrier operation climbed 16.4 to ¥192bn (£19.7bn), the Consumer division was up 32.6 per cent to ¥75.1bn (£7.7bn) and the Enterprise Business grew 17.1 per cent to ¥19.39bn (£1.99bn).

Group sales in EMEA jumped 20 per cent to ¥101bn (£10.4bn) and Leon He, president of the Western Europe Enterprise unit, claimed this was because the company is getting things right.

"I believe our business development in Europe is because [of our] own capabilities," he said, speaking at a Huawei Networking Conference 2015 roundtable.

[We have spent] quite a long time to ultimately get recognition from our customers," he added.

The exec refused to comment on the behaviour of other vendors but reiterated, "We can promise Huawei has never and will never do anything to harm our customers or partners.”

Recently Blighty’s spooks gave the Chinese giant the a clean bill of health, saying it posed no threat to national security. He said Huawei was “glad” about the findings.

He also hinted the company was ready to make a lot more investment in Europe. "There are more opportunities in Huawei enterprise business in Europe and in the future we will make more investment there.

"In the future we will contribute to Europe's digital agenda and work harder on collaborate, contribute and contribute more R&D in Europe."

Europe’s digi Commissioner Gunther H-dot Oettinger has said he wants China’s help in deploying 5G - specifically calling on Huawei and ZTE.

For calendar '14, Huawei reported an operating profit from wolrdwide operations of ¥34.2bn (£3.5bn). Operating margin was flat at 11.9 per cent. ®

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