Huawei said it expects to make direct purchases worth €3 billion in Europe next year after announcing plans to increase its procurement spending in the region.

As part of its ongoing European investment strategy, Huawei said it also planned to hire 5,500 more staff in the next five years and double its R&D staff in the next three, highlighting the importance of a “solid partner ecosystem” in Europe that would deliver “win-win results”.

In 2013, Huawei recorded purchases worth €2.6 billion on components, engineering and logistical services from Europe.

The announcement comes as the China-based operator continues to be shunned by North America on security grounds.

Kevin Tao, President of Huawei Western Europe, described Europe as the company’s “top investment destination”. He added: “The solid ecosystem of trusted partners that we have built up enables us to ensure that these investments deliver sustainable growth for the local economy as well as for our company.

“Europe’s fertile ICT environment, and the trust of our valuable European partners, has enabled us to get where we are today. As our engagement with the European business environment deepens, procurement will be continually increasing to fuel this expansion.”

The announcement came at Huawei’s European Partner Convention earlier this week, where the vendor met with senior management from its partners to discuss strategy and future collaboration.

At this week’s Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, Huawei is showcasing a series of ultra-broadband solutions and elaborate on its concept on fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) 2.0, which aims to make content the new centre of the mobile broadband experience.

The vendor said it will demonstrate the “industry’s first” next-generation software-defined networking (SDN) technology built in anticipation of 4K video.

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