Telecom equipment maker Huawei on Wednesday announced the acquisition of the Center for Integrated Photonics Ltd (CIP), a photonics research laboratory, from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA).
Huawei’s total investment in CIP this year will total $10 million, including acquisition costs, says Edward Brewster, communications director for Huawei Technologies UK. The CIP R&D team, which is located in Ipswich, will be retained by Huawei and will form the core of the new Huawei UK R&D center, part of Huawei’s global R&D network.
Huawei will performs research on fiber optic transmission at CIP, which is something CIP is known for, according to the research center.
“CIP’s optic research capabilities will be fully used by Huawei, and it is currently considering where the relevant opportunities for application will be,” says Brewster.
EEDA orginally acquired CIP in 2003 to save it from closure.
In 2011, Huawei announced plans to double its UK workforce to 1,000 in addition to opening a European design center for its mobile device business as well as an internal audit center, both located in the UK.
“After investing in the UK for 10 years, Huawei already has a big presence in the UK market and we have close relationships with all UK major telecom operators,” says Brewster. “Acquiring CIP shows Huawei’s strategy of leveraging local talent and further expands our research force globally.”