Huawei gearing up to take on Cisco on its home turf

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Huawei gearing up to take on Cisco on its home turf
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Huawei's head of research and development in North America said his company is more than ready to take on larger rival Cisco Systems but noted it will take some patience -- and time.

"The U.S. is by far our most complex market ... for us our entrance into the U.S. is similar to a western company entering China," John Roese said in an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of IT infrastructure conference Interop in Las Vegas.

For a decade, China-based Huawei with U.S. headquarters in Plano, Texas, has been selling infrastructure to U.S. telecom operators. It sells routers and switches that move data through networks and devices such as modems and smartphones, but now it aims to provide equipment to large businesses, a market dominated by Cisco Systems.

Huawei in September of last year launched its enterprise unit and aims to generate $15 billion worldwide in revenue by 2015. This year it sees deals totaling more than $7 billion worldwide and expects to invest $4.5 billion in research and development.

The enterprise unit provides equipment such as hubs, routers and switches that run networks transferring data across corporations.

"We basically said it will take a few years to get to critical mass but the U.S. is not critical to our... Source/Origin >> Read More

   
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