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Huawei Holds Fifth Power Summit with Partners in South Africa

May 18, 2017

Showcasing One-Stop ICT Solutions and Sharing International Best Practices in Building Smart Grids

[Cape Town, South Africa, May 18, 2017] As Africa's largest electric power exhibition, African Utility Week (AUW) 2017 is held in Cape Town, South Africa from May 16 to 18. During the exhibition, Huawei co-hosted its Fifth Power Summit under the theme "Leading New ICT, the Road to Smart Grid". More than 260 government officials, electric power industry executives and experts gathered to discuss how innovative ICT products and solutions can be used to enable a Smart Grid that delivers efficient, reliable and affordable energy to consumers.

Huawei works with partners to provide the platform and ecosystem for building one-stop Smart Grid ICT solutions

As resources are increasingly depleted, power companies are searching for a reliable and sustainable way of providing electricity. They are progressively moving towards Smart Grids which integrate traditional power systems with advanced ICT technologies, including cloud computing, big data, IoT and mobility, to connect, support situational-awareness, and achieve business intelligence of various power terminals.

Huawei Showcases one-stop Smart Grid ICT solutions

Huawei, together with partners demonstrated smart service solutions covering power generation, transmission, transformation, distribution, and consumption.

Smart PV Power Generation solution can generate 3% more power than the average level. If the solution is applied on a 100MW power plant, it can help generate over 20 million US dollars of income in 25 years. The Power Transmission and Transformation Communications solution innovatively provides both hard and soft pipes to enable multiple services, such as Smart Gird SCADA, phone dispatching, OA, and video surveillance, ensuring the security and reliability of power transmission networks.

Huawei and State Grid Information and Telecommunication Technology Company of China demonstrated a 3D real-time display platform for Smart Grids, which is a high-performance, high-availability cloud computing platform providing reliable cloud services for power companies. Huawei also collaborated with NARI Group and showcased the Power Distribution Automatic Network Solution that integrates Huawei’s advantages in eLTE and industrial routers to provide real-time and flexible communications networks, enabling reliable and intelligent power distribution.

For power consumption, Huawei cooperated with SAP and Long Shine to demonstrate the AMI solution that offers a near 100% success rate of data collection and control by leveraging Power Line Communication for Internet of Things (PLC-IoT) and Long Term Evolution for Internet of Things (eLTE-IoT). PLC-IoT has a 100% success rate of communications and LTE-IoT achieves wide coverage with low power consumption, maximizing the value of electricity data.

"The use of Smart Grids is being unfolded. Leveraging Huawei’s leading ICT, we have developed major solutions together with our partners which covers all aspects of the electric power industry and the Power Cloud solution. The application of IoT and cloud computing will help power companies enhance operational efficiency and accelerate innovations,” commented Jerry Ji, President of Energy Sector, Huawei Enterprise Business Group.

“In line with Huawei’s ‘platform + ecosystem’ strategy, we’re working with strategic partners such as State Grid Information and Telecommunication Technology Company of China, SAP, Accenture, T-System and Tech Mahindra, to build an open and win-win ecosystem for the electric power industry. In addition, Huawei has helped over 170 electric power customers improve their energy management efficiency and ensure safe and reliable operations of grids, to light up and enrich modern society, and to promote the utilization of renewable energy resources."

Jerry Ji, President of Energy Sector, Huawei Enterprise Business Group

Joint innovation of Smart Grid based on the OpenLab

At the Summit, Eskom announced it will join Huawei's OpenLab located in Johannesburg. Huawei and Eskom also announced a Joint Innovation Center at the OpenLab to jointly develop smart grid innovations.

Sean Maritz, CIO of Eskom, said: "Eskom's 2030 vision is to use Smart Grid and digital technologies to achieve operational efficiency, and a reliable and secure way of providing electricity. Huawei is an important player in the area of Smart Grids and we believe that our collaboration will advance innovation to tackle future energy challenges."

Huawei and Eskom announced a Joint Innovation Center

Convenient, secure, and cost-effective services delivered through the electric power industry cloud

To help electric power companies in South Africa accelerate their digital transformation, Huawei and T-systems South Africa launched the Electric Power Industry Cloud solution to offer on-demand cloud services at the Summit. As an extension of the Open Telekom Cloud, this solution provides pay-as-you-use industrial applications to greatly lower the thresholds of enterprises' deployment of digital services.

Jiten Lala, from T-Systems, said: "T-Systems is focused on providing simple, secure and affordable cloud services to help customers transform and succeed. The joint Electric Power Industry Cloud solution will bring a new innovative experience to the local electric power market and help customers solve challenges often faced during the deployment of new digital services, such as insufficient investment and lack of skills and ICT infrastructure. Moreover, this solution can free customers from worrying about business cases and enable customers to use affordable digital services."

Huawei and T-systems South Africa launched the Electric Power Industry Cloud solution

Diverse global practices

Successfully deployed in power distribution companies of Nigeria, Huawei's Intelligent Meter Reading solution provides reliable technical support for energy conservation and intelligent and modern management.

“We have not only improved the efficiency of our operations and management but also promoted the overall intelligent construction of Nigeria's electric power industry and enhanced our international competency", said Anthony Youdeowei, CEO of IKEJA Electric, the largest power distribution company in Nigeria.

In Thailand, Huawei provided a Fully-Connected Power Grid solution to help the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) build a secure high-speed production network. It also jointly built the Electricity Innovation Center with PEA. In South America, Huawei's IP Hard Pipe solution helped EPM, the largest public enterprise in Colombia, to achieve reliable production services and move towards unified O&M. Huawei has worked with partners from the electric power industry to launch over 20 innovative solutions and more than 50 solutions have completed integration tests. Huawei will continue to team up with more partners to promote the development of Smart Grids in the future.

Huawei's booth is situated in D7, Hall 2, of the International Convention Center. For more information about Huawei's products and solutions at the exhibition, please visit: