Is Ireland about to land a major Huawei investment?

Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Chinese mobile comms giant Huawei, was in Dublin in August to scout potential locations for a major software research centre.

China-headquartered Huawei is the world’s biggest mobile telecoms equipment company, and is emerging as a major competitor in the Android smartphone space against other Asian rivals like Samsung and Sony.

The company employs over 120 people in Dublin, Athlone and Cork, and last year announced over 50 new jobs at an R&D office at the IFSC in Dublin.