CUPERTINO, Calif. and SHENZHEN, China – May 21, 2007 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) and Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei) today announced that the two companies are forming a joint venture company. The new company will develop and distribute world-leading security and storage appliances to global telecommunications carriers and enterprises.
Businesses around the world are building and maintaining IP networks and IT systems that support a growing number of connections. This requires balancing increasing performance and availability requirements with system security and data integrity. The joint venture will help carriers and enterprises effectively address these challenges by offering security and storage appliances that are easy to implement and maximize value to customers. According to IDC, the global security and storage appliance market is $23 billion today, and the market in China is forecast to exceed $1.1 billion.
“Symantec is a software leader that offers world-class security and storage technologies that our customers are demanding,” said Ren ZhengFei, chief executive officer, Huawei. “The partnership with Symantec is part of Huawei’s All IP and FMC Fixed mobile convergence strategy. Network security will definitely form the foundation as telecom networks migrate toward an All IP environment. The partnership will enable us not only to provide leading network security solutions to carriers, but also to deliver professional security and storage solutions to enterprises, helping our customers build a safer and more efficient network.”
The new company will be headquartered in Chengdu, China, with Huawei owning 51 percent of the joint venture and Symantec owning 49 percent. Huawei will contribute its telecommunications storage and security businesses including its integrated supply chain and integrated product development management practices. Additionally, the new company will have access to Huawei’s intellectual property (IP) licenses, research and development capabilities, manufacturing expertise and engineering talent, which includes more than 750 employees. The joint venture’s services and support infrastructure will draw upon Huawei's successful model for customer service and technical support, including worldwide technical support and call center operations.
“Huawei and Symantec agree that we need to constantly innovate and develop new solutions to keep pace with the evolving risks and increased availability requirements facing service providers and enterprise customers,” said John W. Thompson, chairman and chief executive officer, Symantec. “Huawei’s world-class product development and manufacturing capabilities joined with Symantec’s leading edge security and storage software technologies will offer unique solutions that will give customers more confidence that their systems are secure and available.”
Symantec will contribute some of its leading enterprise storage and security software licenses, working capital, and its management expertise into the new company. Symantec will also contribute $150 million toward the joint venture’s growth and expansion.
The joint venture is expected to close late in the calendar year, pending required regulatory and governmental approvals.
About Huawei Technologies
Huawei Technologies is a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world. The company is dedicated to providing innovative and customized products, services and solutions to create long-term value and potential growth for its customers. Huawei’s products and solutions are deployed in over 100 countries and serve 31 of the world’s top 50 operators, as well as over one billion users worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.huawei.com.
Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including expectations regarding the closing of the joint venture and the integration of the products and technologies contributed by Symantec and Huawei, that involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. Such risk factors include, among others, satisfaction of closing conditions to the transaction, the ability of the joint venture to successfully integrate the Huawei contributed security and storage technologies with the Symantec contributed security and storage technologies, and customer demand for the technologies and integrated product offerings. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of Symantec's most recently filed Forms 10-K and 10-Q. Symantec assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement contained in this press release.