Huawei boosting North American presence next year

Huawei will add 600 jobs in North America next year, a sign that the Chinese company is taking the market seriously as it moves to compete with U.S. heavyweights.

The "U.S. is a very important market to Huawei," Robert Fox, chief branding officer of Huawei's wireless division, told Dow Jones Newswires. "We are increasing staff there to support a rise in customer business."

Indeed, this year Huawei boosted its North American profile by scoring several key contracts. The company, which currently has around 900 employees in North America, will provide the infrastructure for Cox Communications' 3G CDMA network and also is a supplier for Clearwire's WiMAX network. In July, Huawei opened its own LTE development lab in Texas.

The company recently became the world's second largest mobile equipment vendor by market share, according to research firm Dell'Oro, edging out Nokia Siemens Networks. Fox said Huawei is eying business from Tier 1 U.S. operators, but declined to discuss specifics.

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