Huawei launches OpenLab in South Africa

Johannesburg, 20 Apr 2017
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Huawei today unveiled its Global OpenLab Program in South Africa at its flagship event, the Huawei Eco-Connect Conference in Sandton. It outlines Huawei's strategic development of 15 new upcoming OpenLabs and investment plan for the next three years. The new OpenLab, which will be based at the Vulani Office Park in Johannesburg, will enable Huawei to 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 IOT and integration of Huawei's communication module into local smart metres.

The OpenLab in Johannesburg is one of seven new Huawei OpenLabs planned for 2017. Other upcoming installations will occur in cities such as London, Paris, France, Moscow and Russia. This will bring the total number of OpenLabs to 12 and by the end of 2019; Huawei plans to increase this number to 20. Over the next three years, Huawei will allocate nearly 1 000 ICT talents from around the world and invest a total of USD200 million into the programme.

Victor Yu, President of Industry Marketing and Solution Department of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said: "Each OpenLab addresses the needs of its local market, and harnesses local talent and technology assets. For example in Munich, Germany, we are working on joint innovation projects, conducting simulation tests and researching on connected cars with German automotive enterprises. We work with outstanding local companies to integrate their capabilities into Huawei's global value chain and promote these capabilities across the world, helping to enhance the competitiveness of local ICT industries."

To date, Huawei has built and operated OpenLabs in five cities including Suzhou, China; Munich, Germany; Mexico City, Mexico; Singapore; and Dubai, UAE. These OpenLabs are facilitating joint innovation and solution launches with more than 400 partners across Smart City, finance, transportation, energy, manufacturing and media sectors. Globally, Huawei has established partnerships with nearly 80 solutions partners. Various large enterprises and government departments are implementing solutions developed by Huawei's OpenLabs.

The Global OpenLab Program is aligned with Huawei Enterprise Business Group's "Platform + Ecosystem" strategy. This strategy 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. Huawei is focused on facilitating a digital transformation ecosystem to implement joint innovations and expand the ecosystem in terms of industry alliances, business alliances, developer platforms, and open-source communities.

"We hope the Huawei OpenLab will create a new model for joint innovation. Subsequently, we would like to invite partners to work together with Huawei in this initiative," says Stan Qiu, Energy Sector Director of the Huawei Enterprise Business Group in Southern Africa.

"Huawei will provide the data centre facility, hardware and software infrastructure and technical team whilst the partner will contribute with ideas, products and human resources. By working together, we can enable new ideas to be verified more quickly, allow for more agile industry innovation and more efficient proof of concepts creation. The ultimate goal is to transform the lab into a customer experience centre and generate more opportunities for all ecosystem players," adds Qiu.

Huawei is committed to cooperating with its customers and partners in building ICT platforms featuring cloud, pipe, and device collaboration to create symbiotic, vibrant and sustainable ecosystems. Huawei will continue to work with its partners to explore new ways to address digital transformation challenges in the new ICT era.


Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Its aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei's 170 000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Its innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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