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China's Huawei to increase engagement in Austria

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VIENNA, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese telecom company Huawei is to increase its engagement in Austria by introducing its mobile phones and tablet PCs for the first time to the European country in the next three months, chief of Huawei-Austria Daniel Zhou said Wednesday in Vienna.

Huawei, China's largest telecommunications company, has been active in Austria since 2006, but mostly as a technology supplier for other companies.

The company has already sold two million USB-modems in Austria.

In 2010, Huawei-Austria's sales reached 74.7 million euros (about 103.4 million U.S. dollars).

Zhou said that annual sales this year are expected to increase by 10 to 15 percent, and by 20 percent in 2012 after its planned entry to the terminal markets.

Lidl, a supermarket chain based in Germany, has announced in August to begin sales of Huawei's mobile phones in Austria from this autumn.

Huawei-Austria currently employs 89 workers, of which three quarters are Austrians.

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