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Huawei sets sights on Japan growth

Publication Date : 07-06-2014


Telecommunication equipment major Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said on Friday that it anticipates a substantial pickup in its corporate business in Japan by 2017.

The Chinese company expects corporate business in Japan to be 15 times higher than last year's level by 2017, and hopes to realize revenue of over 50 billion yen ($488 million) by that time. Huawei also indicated that the growth would be driven by the sales of telecommunication products to large corporates and the growth in new orders, as a result of competitive pricing.

The Shenzhen, Guangdong-based company, however, refused to disclose further details about the Japan plans.

Winning over corporate clients in overseas markets will prove to be a difficult task for the Chinese company as it is different from its normal practice of working with foreign telecom carriers, said Milly Xiang, chief telecom analyst at research company IDC.

"Japanese network equipment providers are considerably strong in their home turf and also have channel advantages. The US-based networking major Cisco Systems Inc had earlier tried to make inroads into the Japanese market, but could not do so," Xiang said. Huawei may also lose out on government procurement deals due to the ongoing territorial disputes between China and Japan, sources said.

The Chinese company, however, is looking to win orders from sectors such as banking, transportation and energy in Japan.

"Although the corporate market is relatively bigger than the telecom carrier sector, Huawei needs to factor in aspects like the varied demand from various verticals," said Xiang.

"Huawei did well in China as the company focused on one or two verticals at a time. It should use a similar approach in overseas markets like Japan also."

Japan is a small market for Huawei, whose global annual sales revenue amounted to 239 billion yuan ($38 billion) last year. Its 2013 sales were 38 billion yuan in the Asia-Pacific region, to which Japan belongs. The company's biggest markets are China, Europe and North America, according to its financial report.

Enterprise business is also a small segment for Huawei compared with carrier network business and consumer electronics.

Total sales of the company's carrier business was nearly 10 times bigger than the corporate business last year.

The 2013 sales to enterprise customers were a little more than 15 billion yuan, a jump of 32.4 per cent year-on-year, it said.


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