In this article, we discuss the brief history and meaning of the Huawei name, stay with us. In previous articles, we discussed the meanings of the names Xiaomi, Asus and Samsung.
A brief history of Huawei
Huawei Technology Corporation is a Chinese multinational corporation headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. This company designs, develops, manufactures and sells telecommunication equipment, consumer electronics and various smart devices.
The company was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former regimental deputy in the People’s Liberation Army. Huawei, which initially focused on the production of telephone switches, expanded its business to include the construction of telecommunication networks, the provision of operational and consulting services and equipment to companies inside and outside China, and the production of communication devices for the consumer market. As of December 2019, Huawei had more than 194,000 employees in its various offices.
Huawei has deployed its products and services in more than 170 countries and regions. In 2012, the company overtook Ericsson as the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, and in 2018, it overtook Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone maker, behind Samsung. In 2018, Huawei reported annual revenue of $108.5 billion. In June 2020, Huawei surpassed Samsung and Apple for the first time in the number of phones shipped worldwide. This was primarily due to a decline in Samsung’s global sales in the second quarter. Of course, because of the US sanctions that have taken the permission to use Google services from Huawei phones, the sales of this company’s phones have decreased a lot and it no longer has these positions.
The meaning of the name Huawei
According to Ren Zhengfei, the company’s founder, the name Huawei comes from a slogan he saw on a wall: Zhonghua youwei, which means “China has promised.” Zhonghua or Hua means China, while youwei means “promisor” or “promise”. Huawei is also translated as “Great Achievement” or “China is Able”, which are possible readings of the name. Huawei is pronounced differently by non-Chinese in other countries. For example “Hoe-ah-wei” in Belgium and Holland. The company had considered changing its name to an English name due to concerns that it might be difficult for non-Chinese people. In the end, he decided to keep the name and launch a name recognition campaign instead of changing the name.