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China’s Role in East Africa’s Technology Stack

The technology stack, either in a company or a country, is comprised of the different technology layers that together form a digital communications ecosystem. And in places like East Africa, Chinese technology is indispensable up and down the stack -- everything ...

China Dominates Almost Every Layer of East Africa’s Mobile Technology Sector

Chinese technology permeates nearly every level of the East African mobile technology stack with the notable exception of operating systems that are still dominated by Google and Apple, according to a post by Kenya-based technology analyst Michael Kimani. While Kimani focused his analysis on ...

Worrying About Huawei in Africa Misses the Bigger Issue

Say what you want about the marginally effective U.S. campaign against Huawei, they do deserve some credit for keeping the issue of network security at the forefront of the wider discussion about next-generation mobile telecommunications. They're absolutely right to be worried ...

Egypt is the Newest Front in the U.S.-China Battle Over Huawei and Chinese Tech in Africa

The United States brought its campaign against Huawei to Egypt as part of a global effort to promote Washington's new "Clean Network" initiative that aims to build an alternative to China's dominance in the international telecom networking market. ...

South Africa’s Largest Mobile Telcos Brush Aside U.S. Concerns About Huawei 5G Equipment

Three of South Africa's largest mobile operators do not seem that concerned by U.S. efforts to discourage companies and countries around the world from using equipment made by the Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The companies, Vodacom, MTN, and Rain, all said they're comfortable integrating ...

Huawei’s CSR Efforts in Africa Are Surprisingly Successful

Chinese companies are generally not well known for implementing successful corporate social responsibility programs. CSR, for the most part, is still a relatively new concept in China. But Huawei's efforts in Africa, particularly since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year, is proving to be ...

The New U.S. Plan to Challenge Huawei is Dead on Arrival in Africa

The United States is stepping up its efforts to try and contain Chinese tech companies like Huawei with a new development financing program that aims to persuade countries in places like Africa to avoid using equipment made by the telecom giant. ...

The U.S. Has Long Complained About Huawei’s Rise But Never Found a Way to Effectively Challenge the Chinese Tech Company. One DC Think Tank Has a Few Suggestions

The United States government is determined to try and hamper the Chinese tech giant Huawei's efforts to become the dominant player in next-generation 5G mobile connectivity, AI, and other technologies. In May, Washington added the company to its so-called "entities list" that effectively cut off the Shenzhen-based ...

Kenya Says Companies, Not the Government Decides Whether to Use Huawei 5G Tech

Kenyan ICT Minister Joe Mucheru said it's up to telecom operator Safaricom, not the government, to decide whether or not to use Huawei equipment. Mucheru once again asserted his country's sovereignty in the decision over which technology provider to use for telecom equipment and said there are no ...

African Countries Want to Keep Their Options Open Regarding Huawei, Maintaining a Position of “Deliberate Ambiguity”

A new map of the world produced by one of Washington's leading China analysts, Scott Kennedy from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, breaks down the world according to how each country views Huawei. Not surprisingly, the ...
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