Interview: Huawei’s Edwin Diender on the Economics of a Smart City

Edwin Diender, VP of Government & Public Utility Sector, Huawei Enterprise Business Group
Edwin Diender, VP of Government & Public Utility Sector, Huawei Enterprise Business Group (Photo Credit: Huawei)

In this special edition of TechFinancials podcast, Gugu Lourie sits down with Edwin Diender, Vice President, Government and Public Utility Sector, Huawei Enterprise Business Group to chat about the economics of smart cities.

Emerging patterns of urbanization world over show differing scenarios in different continents, requiring diverse approaches, policies, and strategies.

In the podcast, Diender talks about what approach should Africa and South Africa in particular should take in implementing smart cities?

I also quiz him about whether the smart city economy will democratise ICTs in Africa or will they just perpetuate digital divide?

Furthermore, we chatted about whether smart cities and smart economy could be socially inclusive.

For more access our podcast below:


Chinese-based telecoms giant Huawei wants to support and promote the concept of “smart communities” in Africa.

Its vision for IoT is to enable and promote a smart society, where everything is intelligent, connected and sensing. A network should be in place to unlock the connectivity that empowers a smart community.

Communities around the world are turning to innovative information communication technologies (ICT) to re-imagine the way in which residents live, work and play, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is playing a growing role in turning safer, smarter cities from vision into reality.

Smart City Concept
Smart City Concept (Photo Credit:

When combined with other components, such as communication, security and network infrastructure, IoT takes the concept of cities being aware of their environment to the next level, with a multitude of sensors making it easier to collect large volumes of data from both homogenous and heterogenous systems.

Armed with real-time monitoring and analytics, city administrators can make data-driven decisions to improve efficiency and delivery of civic services, increase engagement with communities, cut down on costs and/or gain new revenue, and even promote environmental sustainability.

For more read: Advances in IoT Driving Adoption of Smart Cities


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