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South Africa’s MTN and Its Chinese Backers Look Like They’re Going to Mount Another Bid For An Ethiopian Telco License

South African telecom company MTN together with the state-owned Silk Road Fund of China are reportedly preparing to make another bid to secure a telecom license in Ethiopia. MTN was outbid last week by a Kenyan-Japanese consortium ...

Don’t Worry America, Africans Aren’t Going to Start Using China’s New Digital Currency… At Least Not Right Away

There's growing unease in Washington that last month's launch of a new Chinese digital yuan threatens the dollar's preeminence as the world's reserve currency. Questions about the new cryptocurrency have come up repeatedly in recent weeks during Congressional testimony, particularly regarding places like Africa, where U.S. anxieties ...

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 ...

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, ...

CNN Ran a Story on Big Tech Expanding in Africa That Didn’t Mention a Single Chinese or European Company

CNN International broadcast a report over the weekend purportedly about "how big tech is expanding in Africa" yet the story only mentioned five major U.S. tech companies and not one from either Europe or Asia. This is somewhat odd given that ...

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 ...

Oppo is the Latest Chinese Phone Maker to Set Its Sights on the South African Market

China's largest mobile phone maker Oppo is targeting South Africa's youth market with a new mid-range device, the A74 5G. Oppo's announcement comes less than a week after another Chinese company, Transsion's Itel division, announced that it too is targeting a similar ...

South African Telco CEO Ralph Mupita is Looking to China For Both Ideas and Cash

Ralph Mupita, head of the largest pan-African telecom group MTN, wants his South Africa-based telco to draw inspiration and attract more investment from China.  On the investment side, Mupita recently partnered with the Chinese state-back Silk Road Fund that funnels ...
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