On Wednesday, South Africa’s national power utility, Eskom announced a smart grid joint innovation initiative with Huawei at the African Utility Week in Cape Town.

The power company explained that this collaboration is aimed at accelerating digital transformation in the power industry through the development of internet of things, cloud, communications and cyber security solutions, enabling a smart grid to deliver efficient, reliable and affordable energy to consumers. Read more…

Eskom highlighted that it will become the first power and electricity partner in South Africa to leverage Huawei’s OpenLab to jointly develop smart grid innovations.

OpenLab facilities

The Huawei OpenLab recently established in Johannesburg is reported to be the sixth global OpenLab, with other OpenLabs located in Suzhou, China; Munich, Germany; Mexico City, Mexico; Singapore; and Dubai, UAE.

According to the power company, under this partnership, Huawei will provide its OpenLab facilities including a data center as well as advanced hardware and software infrastructure and a dedicated technical team; while Eskom will contribute with its ideas and expertise, together with the power grid environment for trials and testing purposes.

Commenting on the development, chief information officer at Eskom, Sean Maritz, said: “Eskom’s 2030 vision is to implement a smart grid ensuring safe, reliable and energy efficient operations to enhance our customers’ experience while enabling new energy services.

Maritz continued: “Huawei is a leading global provider of ICT and digital infrastructure solutions, with a strong presence in South Africa. It is an important player in the area of smart grids and we believe that our integrated capabilities will advance innovation and transformation of the power grid.”

Digital transformation

President of Huawei enterprise business group in Southern Africa, Eman Liu, also commented: “In line with our ‘platform and ecosystem’ strategy, Huawei is dedicated to addressing the challenges of digital transformation facing the energy and other sectors in this country. Read more…

“OpenLab will be an important approach enabling us to work closely with local partners to deliver customised solutions in an agile way. Together with Eskom, we can quickly verify new smart grid ideas and efficiently create proof of concepts based on intelligent and connected technology.”


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