Eskom Forms Partnership with Huawei Technologies

Published: May 17 2017
Deal Summary

Eskom Holdings SOC Limited (Eskom), a state-owned power utility that generates, transmits and distributes electricity, has formed partnership with Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei), an information and communication technology company, 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.

Under the partnership Eskom will become the first power and electricity partner in South Africa to leverage Huawei’s OpenLab to jointly develop smart grid innovations. The Huawei OpenLab 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. For 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.

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