Huawei opens Regina office, launches new smartphone

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Sean Yang, president of Huawei Canada, said the opening of Huawei’s new Regina office at 2125-11th Ave., which will house seven to nine full-time staff, reflects the importance Huawei places on its relationship with SaskTel. “More important, it’s to celebrate and recognize the successful and growing partnership we continue to enjoy with SaskTel and the province of Saskatchewan.’’

“In 2009, when SaskTel approached Huawei with the challenge to operate cellular service networks across the province, we were pleased to work with SaskTel on that first initiative,” Yang said. Since then, Huawei supported the deployment of 4G and LTE wireless technologies in the province.

“We are proud to be supporting SaskTel’s new high-speed wireless service, using LTE-TDD technology. This is first time that technology has been commercially deployed in Canada.”

Yang also announced that Huawei is introducing its first smartphone to the SaskTel network on Friday. “We’re now the fourth largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world.’’

The Ascend Y300 runs on Android 4.1, has a four-inch screen and a five-megapixel camera with video recording capability. The handset features a 4.0-inch 480p display on front. For storage, it packs a 4GB inbuilt memory coupled with 1GB RAM. It also has voice command, allowing the users to make calls and compose text messages hands-free. Available in white for $99, or free on a two-year contract on SaskTel’s 4G network, the Ascend Y300 is “a smartphone at a smart price,” Yang said.

Employee-owned Huawei, which posted a $2.5-billion US net profit on revenues of $35 billion US in 2012, operates in more than 150 countries and serves more than one third of the world’s population. Huawei Canada now employs 450 people, while the parent company has 150,000 employees.

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