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Huawei expands OpenLabs programme to Africa


JOHANNESBURG – HUAWEI is set to establish its OpenLab in Johannesburg, one of seven such new facilities planned for 2017 at a combined cost of US$200 million.
Another is earmarked for the Egyptian capital, Cairo, it has been announced at the Huawei Eco-Connect Conference, the flagship event, held in Sandton.
These will be in addition to five OpenLabs in Suzhou (China), Munich (Germany), Mexico City, Singapore and Dubai (UAE).
Other upcoming installations will be in London (United Kingdom), Paris (France) and Moscow (Russia) among others.
Huawei plans to increase this number to 20 over the next three years.
The OpenLab to be based at the Vulani Office Park in Johannesburg, will enable Huawei work with various industry partners in South Africa to create customer-centric and innovative solutions that enable digital transformation, while promoting industry ecosystem development.
The first two joint innovation areas of Huawei’s Johannesburg Openlab will focus on public safety and smart grid solutions, which will feature the development of advanced analytics for both police and power grid operations, as well as power internet of things and integration of Huawei’s communication module into local smart metres.
Stan Qiu, Energy Sector Director of the Huawei Enterprise Business Group in Southern Africa, said the company was hopeful the Huawei OpenLab would create a new model for joint innovation. “Subsequently, we would like to invite partners to work together with Huawei in this initiative,” said Qiu.
The Global OpenLab Programme is aligned with Huawei Enterprise Business Group’s “Platform + Ecosystem” strategy, which centres on collaborating with partners and customers to develop innovative, differentiated and leading industry-specific solutions that enable open, elastic, flexible, and secure platforms to drive enterprise digital transformation.
“Each OpenLab addresses the needs of its local market, and harnesses local talent and technology assets,” said Victor Yu, President of Industry Marketing & Solution Department of Huawei Enterprise Business Group.

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