Eskom and Huawei Partner to Advance Smart Grid Innovation

Shaun Maritz, CIO at Eskom and Eman Liu, President Enterprise Business Group, Southern Africa region.
Shaun Maritz, CIO at Eskom and Eman Liu, President Enterprise Business Group, Southern Africa region.
Shaun Maritz, CIO at Eskom and Eman Liu, President Enterprise Business Group, Southern Africa region.

Huawei today announced, at its Fifth Global Power Summit at the African Utility Week (AUW) event in Cape Town, that they have entered into a smart grid joint innovation initiative with Eskom. The Huawei-Eskom collaboration aims to accelerate digital transformation in the power industry through the development of IoT, cloud, communications and cyber security solutions, enabling a smart grid that delivers efficient, reliable and affordable energy to consumers.

The partnership will see Eskom become the first power and electricity partner in South Africa to take advantage of the newly opened Huawei’s OpenLab, the partnership will see the companies to jointly develop smart grid innovations.

As an integral part of Huawei’s ecosystem philosophy the South African OpenLab, which was recently established in Johannesburg, is Huawei’s sixth global OpenLab, with other OpenLabs located in Suzhou, China; Munich, Germany; Mexico City, Mexico; Singapore; and Dubai, UAE.

Watch: The moment the partnership was made official!

This partnership will see Huawei 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 joint innovation agreement, Sean Maritz, Chief Information Officer, Eskom said, “Eskom’s 2030 vision is to implement a smart grid ensuring safe, reliable and energy efficient operations to enhance our customers’ experience while realizing Design-To-Cost. 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.”

“We are proud to collaborate with the largest power grid company in Africa,” said Eman Liu, President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group in Southern Africa. “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. OpenLab will be an important approach enabling us to work closely with local partners to deliver customized 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.”

Huawei is dedicated to working with partners to accelerate the smart transformation of the power industry. It is focused on providing future-proof networking technologies such as PLC-IoT (Power Line Communication-Internet of Things) and eLTE-IoT that empower smart metering and power distribution automation.

With its leading innovations and contributions to the global energy sector, Huawei has become the first ICT solution provider within the Global Energy Interconnection Development & Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), which is dedicated to promoting the sustainable development of energy worldwide.

Staff Writer