Our final lecture at Nankai University was on the Chinese company, Huawei. According to our professor, this company is the number one telecommunication equipment supplier in China and ranks number two in the world. The majority of the company's sales come from international markets and they have over 95,000 employees worldwide. We learned that of these employees, 46% work in the company's research and development department. This high of a percentage is very impressive and is not something you see in many American companies. By devoting large amounts of resources to research and development teams Huawei is gaining a competitive edge in the industry and experiencing great success in international markets.
Currently, the company holds 44% of the market share in the Middle East and Africa and is also the dominant leader in the Asia Pacific region. Surprisingly, this is not the case in the American telecommunications market where Huawei holds less than 1% of total sales. Despite the circumstances, Huawei is continuing its attempts to enter the U.S. market. If Huawei can overcome the hurdles of lawsuits and government regulations in the United States they have a great chance to become a driving force in America's telecommunication equipment industry.