By Staff Writer
China’s Huawei, which will announce its vision for the Internet of Things (IoT) in Africa at the IoT Forum Africa being held in Johannesburg this week, is planning to build an IoT OpenLab in South Africa.
The IoT OpenLab is aimed at enabling more innovative IoT solutions for its partners in Africa.
The company said in a statement that the IoT OpenLab will provide a test and certification environment.
Devices and software applications created can be “pre-certified” for interoperability and turn-key deployment by end-customers. This will allow Huawei’s partners, like MTN, to develop new services with a very quick time to market.
Huawei will also demonstrates IoT solutions for Africa at IoT Forum Africa 2017 to be held in Johannesburg from tomorrow to Thursday.
Huawei will also showcase several IoT demonstrations; these include the Huawei OceanConnect IoT platform, partner ecosystems and NB-IoT wireless technology; Smart Home, Connected Car, Smart-Water Metering and Animal Tracking solutions.
The firm has been working closely with operators to bring best IoT solutions to Africa.
“This year Huawei has made a lot of great progresses with our customers to prepare for commercial deployment in South Africa, it’s our hope South Africans will benefit from IoT services soon.,” Huawei’s IoT marketing director David Hoelscher said in a statement.
Last year MTN and Huawei co-launched their IoT strategy and showcased three live demos at AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town.
Michael Ma, President of Huawei Cloud Core Network Product Line says, “Africa has a huge potential in the IoT market due to its large market and rapid network growth. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with MTN to bring more IoT services to Africa.”