Huawei Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., the research and development (R&D) subsidiary in Bangalore of Shenzhen, China-based network solutions provider, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., is planning to increase the number of engineers at its facility from the current 550 to about 2,000 by the year 2005, according to James Yuan, chief operating officer of Huawei India. The company is adding 250 engineers during this year.

Huawei was the first Chinese technology company to set up an R&D centre in India in 2000. The company is investing US$100 million over the next three years on this centre, part of which will go towards setting up a campus, Yuan said. Huawei has invested US$60 million in the centre to date.

Huawei also plans to move more development work in the area of 3G (third generation) wireless and optical transmission networks to its R&D centre in Bangalore, according to Yuan. Huawei India is currently focused on software development in the areas of next-generation network solutions, 3G mobile solutions, data communications, intelligent networks, and network management.

“Indian software professionals are good in software management skills and quality processes, while their Chinese counterparts are good in software system design and system architecture,” said Yuan. “Our strategy is to build up the software product development capability of our R&D centre in Bangalore, to make it a complete life cycle development centre, which will cater to global customers.”

Besides doing software development in-house, Huawei India also outsources software development to Indian software companies. During the last two years, about 32 projects worth over $17 million were outsourced to Indian companies, according to Yuan.