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Chinese headquartered ICT company Huawei unveils a new AMI solution during the West African Power Industry Convention In Nigeria to improve utility grid operations.

In Africa, global information and communications technology (ICT) firm, Huawei last week launched a new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution to assist utilities improve operational efficiency.

Nigeria’s Daily Trust reported the new AMI solution unveiled during the West African Power Industry Convention, held in Lagos, powers Hi-Power Line Carrier (PLC) communication and Internet of Things (IoT) gateways to allow integration of multiple terminal connections.

Commenting on the development, Jerry Ji, president of Energy Industry, Enterprise Business Group, said: “In line with its Business-Driven ICT Infrastructure guiding principle, Huawei is committed to building a smart grid value chain by focusing on ICT infrastructure and implementing its ‘Win-Win Cooperation’ strategy.”

Huawei in global AMI solutions

The development follows late June’s signing of a memorandum of understanding by the Dutch’s City of Groningen, the University Medical Centre Groningen and Huawei, in a bid to explore the possibility of developing Groningen into a smart city.

Metering & Smart Energy International reported through the partnership Huawei’s smart city technologies will encompass smart government, safe city, smart emergency command, smart hospital, smart education, smart grid and smart tourism.

Commenting on the partnership agreement, Leon He, president of Huawei Western Europe Enterprise Business said that smart city solutions will contribute to the city of Groningen in a way that will bring about improved quality and intelligence to citizens’ lives, whilst enhancing environmental protection, as well as public and urban services.

To date, the Chinese networking and telecommunications company, Huawei has provided smart city solutions to more than 100 cities in over 40 countries globally.

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Nicholas Nhede
Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.