12 of 12Image
International tensions between China and other nations — as seen in this recent demonstration in Shenzhen over a territorial dispute with Japan — can be a stumbling block to Huawei's ambitions, though.
In the US and Australia, it has run into opposition from the authorities in its attempts to get involved in building broadband infrastructure, for example.
In the UK, however, it has got around concerns that its equipment may have secret backdoors accessible by foreign agents by putting itself under the scrutiny of government intelligence agency GCHQ. In September, Huawei announced plans to double its staff in the UK from 800 to 1,500 over the next five years, as part of a £1.3bn investment in its local operations.
Image: Karen Friar