It was bound to happen. Huawei – the Chinese national champion - is moving up in the race to becoing the top maker of telecommunication equipment as it just passed Alcatel-Lucent – the CEO makes no secret that he trusts the first place.
Not bad for a company founded by a retired army officer from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) which started importing PBX at the end of the 90s and introduced its first product in 1993. Huawei’s global strategy emerged rapidly with overseas sales surpassing domestic sales for first time in 2004. Its emphasis on R&D too: in 2009 it was named world’s top patent seeker by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
To many Huawei represents the model of competition to come from China: investment in R&D, transition from product manufacturer to solution provider, capture of markets in developing countries (mainly in Africa) before attacking more mature ones.