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Huawei strengthens UK links with second R&D centre

China’s telecoms multinational Huawei is to set up a $200-million research centre in the UK, Chancellor George Osborne announced during a week-long visit to China.

The centre, announced on 16 October, will be part of the company’s second UK R&D facility, which is to be based in London. It will focus on research in optoelectronics, device design and software development. It is part of an overall £1.2 billion investment that the company is making in the UK.

In July, Huawei announced plans to create a research hub at Imperial College London’s west London campus. The hub is intended to enable academic researchers work with industry to develop applications across a range of areas including digital, energy, healthcare, future cities and life sciences. Its latest announcement looks to focus more on its core mobile devices work.

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