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Huawei to Start Smartphone Production in India Next Month

 Visitors passing the stand of Huawei at the 2016 IFA consumer electronics trade fair on September 2, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

(Photo : Getty Images) Visitors passing the stand of Huawei at the 2016 IFA consumer electronics trade fair on September 2, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Huawei Technologies Co will begin manufacturing smartphones in India next month, the company announced on Friday, joining its compatriots like Lenovo and Xiaomi to establish factories in the world's fastest growing smartphone market.

The Chinese telecoms giant's Indian arm will be operated by Flextronics International in the southern Indian city of Chennai, according to Global Times.

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The manufacturing plant initially targets to produce three million units and plans to increase per demand. It will also create 3,000 direct employment opportunities at Huawei and 6,000 indirect jobs. Flextronics, on the other hand, will also be hiring its own workforce, with 1,500 employees dedicated to service Huawei's smartphones.

Huawei also plans to broaden its retail network in the country by partnering to more than 50,000 outlets by the end of this year, DNA India reported. It will also boost its after-sales services with plans to set up more than 200 service centers, including 30 exclusive Huawei service centers.

Meanwhile, Huawei announced it will begin the production of its Honor series in its new plant in October 1.

"Today, we announce the start of manufacturing of our Honor phones in India with Flextronics. Spectrum auction is coming and we will like to commit to Indian industry that we will make available all out latest technology product including 4G, 4G plus, and 5G products," Jay Chen, Huawei Indian Chief Executive Officer, said.

Huawei, which is the world's third largest smartphone maker, received a green light from the Indian government in July to establish a manufacturing plant, 19 months after it applied for a license, according to Fortune.

"We are convinced about the growth potential and future of India and we'll keep looking for opportunities to increase our presence here," Chen said.

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