Huawei, a leading global ICT service provider, will bring at least 100 Dutch students to China in the next 5 years with its ‘Seeds for the Future’ program. This was announced on the occasion of Huawei’s 10th anniversary in the Netherlands.

Local contribution

In order to contribute to local society, Huawei will select 100 students from Dutch universities such as TU Delft and the University of Amsterdam for a study trip to China in the next 5 years. In China, the students receive hands-on experience and ICT knowledge at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen. To bridge the digital divide and ensure that there will be sufficient ICT knowledge in the Netherlands and the world in the future, Huawei is committed to promoting ICT education and training among young people.

The Netherlands as a gateway to Europe

Huawei first set foot in the Netherlands in 2005 after signing the first ever significant contract in Europe with Telfort for the UMTS (3G) network. Since then, the company has grown to 650 employees and now has a strong position in the Dutch telecom and ICT market by connecting more than 10 million people in the Netherlands. Apart from the Carrier Business Group, where Huawei provides telecom equipment for the telecom operators’ networks, Huawei established the Enterprise Business Group in 2011 to target IT solutions companies and the Consumer Business Group in 2012 to reach consumers with smartphones and tablets.

Digitization of the Netherlands

Huawei is committed to digitizing the Netherlands with innovative products and solutions. The focus will be on Smart City solutions where it can help cities improve the quality of life and improve environmental protection, public safety, urban services and business activities. Currently, Huawei Smart City has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with 5 Dutch cities – Amsterdam, The Hague, Tilburg, Groningen and Amstelveen.

Wonder Wang, CEO of Huawei Technologies Netherlands, says: “The Netherlands was the first European country where we signed an important contract. For Huawei, the Netherlands was the gateway to Europe and we are very grateful for all the support we have received from our customers, partners and other stakeholders over the past 10 years. We now look forward to the coming decades, because we are here for the long haul and we want to create even more value for our customers and the local community.

Xu Chen, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, said: “Huawei’s success in the Netherlands is a great example for other Chinese investors in the Netherlands and even in Europe. I expect Chinese companies such as Huawei to continue to grow in the Netherlands. I hope that the Netherlands and China will cooperate even more, with mutual benefits and win-win results, taking the example of Huawei.”

Mark Klein, CEO T-Mobile Netherlands, says: “In 2012 we decided to build the best network in the Netherlands with the best frequencies and the highest number of antennas. At that time, we were aware that the best network can only be achieved through the cooperation of two companies with a focus on state-of-the-art technology and that company is Huawei. Without them this would never have been such a success and now that network allows us to be a real game-changer for our customers.”

Henk van Raan, Director Facility / New Business Development Amsterdam ArenA, says: “Innovation cannot be achieved alone and the best creations are the result of a joint effort with innovation partners such as Huawei. With Huawei, we have realized the most connected stadium in the Netherlands by setting up a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network in the Amsterdam ArenA. Together we want to lead Smart Stadium and city developments and together we strive to create the stadium of the future.”

The company’s anniversary was celebrated with more than 900 customers, partners, employees and people who have supported Huawei over the past decade.