Wednesday, 01 May 2019 18:43

Huawei Australia gets new CEO as 2018 results show record revenue

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New Huawei Australia chief executive Haosheng Liu. New Huawei Australia chief executive Haosheng Liu.

The Australian arm of Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has appointed a new chief executive on the same day that it announced it had sales revenue of $735 million in 2018, a 18% increase year-on-year.

The results come after a tough year for the company in Australia, with the government banning it from bidding for contracts in the rollout of 5G.

Haosheng Liu (Hudson Liu), who joined the company in 1998, is the new CEO. He has already served as deputy managing director of Huawei Germany, CEO of Huawei Belgium and, most recently, CEO of Huawei Indonesia.

In a statement, Huawei Australia said its carrier business had grown 20% year-on-year, with strong network investment from Optus and Vodafone being major drivers.

Enterprise business sales were pushed up 19% year-on-year by the company winning a $136 million contract to build and maintain digital radio services that would provide voice and data services across the rail network in Perth.

And the company also saw 20% growth year-on-year in its consumer business with high-end smartphone sales the main driver.

Huawei Australia chairman John Lord said the results were the best recorded by the company in its 15 years in Australia.

“It’s fair to say we had a challenging year on the political front, but our Australian customers valued and trusted our world leading technology and purchased it in record numbers,” he said.

“Huawei technology is cutting edge, safe and secure and that’s why we have become the largest supplier of mobile network infrastructure in Australia.

“These results make it very clear Huawei is the leading supplier of innovative telecommunications solutions and it’s a great shame Australians will miss out on our 5G technology.

“Countries that choose to work with Huawei will gain an advantage for the next wave of growth in the digital economy."

Lord said Huawei was retaining its focus on improving existing 4G networks.

Of the new appointment, Lord said: "Hudson joins us from Indonesia where, as CEO, he drove incredible growth, led Huawei’s telecommunications modernisation and digital transformation projects. The board and I look forward to working with Hudson to help continue Huawei’s ongoing success in Australia.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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