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Burkina Faso Launches New Huawei-Powered Smart City Initiative Using Loan From the China Exim Bank

The Burkina Faso government announced an ambitious new plan last week to build a 650-kilometer fiber-optic network that will connect all of the country's major cities to a new Huawei-powered Smart City platform.  Sensitive to the perception that the ...

Senegal Launches Digital Sovereignty Initiative With New Chinese-Backed Data Center

Senegal is following China's lead in pursuing a new "digital sovereignty" initiative that will require all government data and digital platforms on foreign servers to be stored in a new national data center. "We have to rapidly repatriate all national data hosted out of the country,” 

Why Huawei’s Much Ridiculed New OS Could Still Have a Big Impact in Africa

Huawei officially launched HarmonyOS this week, its new mobile operating system. The company was forced to build its own in-house OS after the Trump administration banned it from accessing key U.S. technologies including Alphabet's Android. ...

New CSIS Report Examines Huawei’s Burgeoning Cloud Services Business in Emerging Markets

While so much of the attention about Huawei's role in emerging markets like Africa focuses on the company's 5G technology, the reality is that the Chinese telco equipment giant is now expanding far beyond hardware, to offer a number of new services that are becoming increasingly popular ...

Be Wary of All Those “Hyperbolic” Reports Warning of the Dangers of Chinese Technology

The fear that China is going to export digital authoritarianism and repression to Africa is way overblown and oversimplified in Western media reports and think tank analysis cautions Iginio Gagliardone, a media scholar at Wits University in Johannesburg and one of the world's foremost scholars ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The West’s Ignorance About What China’s Doing in Africa is a Feature Not a Bug

Those of us who concentrate on Africa-China relations have long warned that the current framing of the relationship as a zero-sum arena in a new cold war strips African states of agency.The problem isn’t only that it flattens the complex compromises African leaders have to make to meet development goals as financing options keep shrinking. It is also that it creates echo chambers in Washington, Beijing, and Brussels that make ...

Why You Should be Wary of the U.S.-China Narrative in the Ethio Telecom Auction Story

For years, U.S. officials have been trying to persuade African governments to abandon their reliance on Chinese-made telecom networking equipment from the likes of Huawei and ZTE. Finally, this weekend, they got their first win. Well, kind of, ...

Ethio Telecom Launches New Huawei-Powered Mobile Money Service

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed oversaw the launch this week of Ethio Telecom's new mobile money service "Tele- Birr" which will be powered by technology from Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei. Ethiopian officials have high expectations for Tele-Birr's future ...

Huawei Mobile Money is Quietly Becoming an Important Fintech Engine For Emerging Market Payment Platforms

Most of the discussion about Huawei in places like Africa or the Americas centers on the company's 5G technology that officials in the U.S., Europe, and some Asian countries believe presents a security threat. But the Shenzhen-based company isn't generating $137 billion in annual ...

This Tweet Shows Why the U.S. Effort to Dislodge Huawei in Africa is Just Not Going to Work

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama posted a tweet on Wednesday that showcased the depth of Huawei's ties in Africa's largest market and why it is going to be extremely difficult for the United States to get Nigeria or other African countries to abandon the Chinese ...

The U.S. Congress Wants to Know More About What the Chinese Are Doing in Africa

In a rare display of bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 21-1 on Wednesday to move a bill designed to counter China's growing influence around the world. Next, the "Strategic Competition Act of 2021" will go to the full Senate ...
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