Huawei has announced plans to open its first three physical stores in the UK just a day after the government said it would ban its products from 5G networks.
The Chinese smartphone giant has pledged to invest £10 million in the UK’s high streets and open three stores in London and Manchester later this year.
In October Huawei will open its first ever standalone UK store in London’s Olympic park, with a second undisclosed London store coming soon after.
In February 2021 Huawei will expand to Manchester, with the new stores set to create around 100 new jobs in the UK.
The announcement comes at a turbulent time for Huawei, which is seeing increasing opposition in both the US and the UK over security concerns.
Last week the UK government reversed a decision made in January to allow Huawei supply 35 per cent of the country’s 5G network, throwing Boris Johnson’s pledge to provide the UK with superfast broadband by 2025 into doubt.
Oliver Dowden, the UK culture secretary, also announced that from December 31 no new Huawei 5G kits can be bought, although older 3G and 4G kits will be allowed to remain.
“We are excited to be making this strong commitment to the UK, and to be coming to the high street to deliver our innovative new devices and experiences direct to the millions of people who own and love our products,” Huawei’s UK managing director Anson Zhang said.
“The opening of our new Huawei experience stores and service centres follows the strong growth of our UK consumer business in recent years, and shows the confidence we have in our future here.
“We know that millions of people here in the UK love our products, and we’re delighted we will now have these new high street spaces where we can interact with our owners in a more personal way.”