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BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today at MWC Barcelona 2023, Botswana’s Debswana and Huawei jointly announced the world’s first 5G-oriented smart diamond mine project.

Debswana’s Director of Information Management, Molemisi Nelson Sechaba, has stated that Huawei’s smart mine solution has been deployed at Debswana’s Jwaneng open pit diamond mine, with the project going live in December 2021. Huawei’s 4G eLTE private network solution provides stable connectivity for the Jwaneng mine, connecting more than 260 pieces of equipment. This allows the interconnection between the production, safety and protection systems of the mine.

Sechaba says that it is important to deploy the eLTE solution to connect mining equipment in a more stable way. There are two reasons for this. The first is efficiency. The ability to transfer data in real time makes equipment like mine trucks more efficient, increasing throughput and reducing operating expenses in the long run. Second, the solution helps improve security. Real-time data collection, backhaul and interaction make the system more sensitive and accurate to offer more reliable protection for personnel and vehicles.

The Jwaneng mine is the world’s first 5G-oriented smart diamond mine. This means that hardware equipment, such as the base stations used in the mine’s digital transformation solution, support network upgrades to 5G. 5G features such as high bandwidth and low latency can support the application of cutting-edge technologies such as autonomous driving, enabling a smarter digital transformation of the mining industry in the future.

Hon. Thulagano M. Segokgo, Minister of Communications, Knowledge and Technology of Botswana, stated that the Botswana government is pleased to see the joint efforts of Debswana and Huawei to drive digital transformation in the mining industry. Debswana is a leading African mining company that, working with Huawei, can take mining efficiency, productivity and safety to the next level. The Government of Botswana will continue to put in place facilitation measures to further support the digital transformation agenda in all sectors, including the mining industry, and welcomes international companies, such as Huawei, to participate in this agenda. Measures already underway include the formulated digitization programme, the 5G roadmap and other supporting policies.

Xu Jun, CTO of Huawei Mine BU, said Huawei is committed to using its strengths in ICT technologies such as 5G, cloud, AI and IoT to develop intelligent mining solutions for customers in the mining industry around the world.

Liao Yong, vice president of Huawei’s Sub-Saharan Africa region, said that in the past five years, Huawei has provided services to mining companies in several countries in the region, including South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Ghana. Looking ahead, Huawei will work with more local partners to accelerate the digital transformation of mining and create more value in Africa.

According to Debswana, building on the success of the Jwaneng mine project deployed together with Huawei and local Botswana companies, in line with Botswana’s citizen economic empowerment programme, the company plans to also deploy the smart mining solution at its mines in Orapa, Damtshaa and Letlhakane in 2023.

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