Huawei to open India plant by year-end

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Huawei says its $500 million manufacturing plant in India should be open by the end of the year.
 
Huawei India's executive director A Sethuraman told India's Economic Times the company plans to build the 30,000 square foot plant near Sriperumbudur in Chennai.
 
While the facility should become operational by the end of December, the investment will be phased over five years.
 
Huawei employs around 6,000 people in India, and says its R&D center there is its biggest outside China. Sriperumbudur said Huawei has been investing $150 million in India every year for the past decade.
 
Plans for the new factory were floated in May, at a time when the vendor was lobbying hard to overturn bans on China telecom equipment imports.
 
India has since cleared the import of Chinese gear, the new factory would underscore Huawei’s role as a major Indian employer and investor at a time when the government is mulling tough new security rules for foreign vendors.
 
The prime minister's office has ordered a review of new regulations which would require vendors to make their source codes and designs available for security vetting.
 
Chennai and its state Tamil Nadu have also attracted telecom manufacturing investments from vendors including Nokia, Ericsson, LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Alcatel-Lucent.

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