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Ethiopia Launches Huawei-powered 5G Network in Addis Ababa

Ethio-Telecom Chief Executive Officer, Frehiwot Tamru (photo) hosted a glamorous launch party complete with some kind of robot to kick off the company's launch of its new Huawei-powered 5G mobile network in Addis Ababa. For now, only certain neighborhoods in the ...

Transsion Financial Disclosure Provides Rare Insights Into Its Booming Mobile Phone Business in Africa

Shenzhen-based African mobile phone giant Transsion provided a rare glimpse into its financial performance in a disclosure document that went out to 244 Chinese institutional investors. Even though Transsion is a publicly-traded company on the Shanghai Star Exchange, it nonetheless behaves like a lot ...

How Shenzhen-based Transsion Won Africa’s Mobile Phone Market

Africa is one of the world’s last emerging mobile phone markets, and one Chinese company is making heaps of money there. Transsion, a Shenzhen-based maker of affordable phones posted $743 million in profit last year, up 45.6% year-on-year. While ...

Chinese Phone Brands Competing at the High End of the Market in Kenya

One week after the Shenzhen-based African mobile phone giant Transsion announced that its TECNO and Infinix brands would both have 5G devices available in Kenya before the end of the year, Chinese rival Oppo launched its 5G smartphone with the debut of V23 5G.

Huawei’s Mobile Handset Business Still Has Some Life Left in It… Pretty Much Only in South Africa Though

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei held on to a respectable 25% share of the South African market last year despite the fact that it no longer sells handsets with Google's Android operating system. Huawei was nonetheless a distant second to ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: It’s Now Possible to Transport Cargo From Uganda to Kenya’s Port of Mombasa

The long-held dream of transporting goods between Uganda and the Port of Mombasa became a reality on Monday with the inauguration of a new rail line that connects Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) with a newly refurbished meter gauge line in Uganda. This is a pared-down version of the ...

Ghana Approves Homegrown Smart Cities Solution That Will Use Both Chinese and U.S. Tech

Ghana's National Communications Authority (photo) granted local internet services provider Celltel approval to build the $300 million Ghana Smart Cities Project that will provide national wireless internet coverage. The company said it plans to use a mix of Chinese and U.S. ...

It’ll Be Months Before We Know the First B3W Projects, But the Battle Between the U.S. and China Over African Mobile Telecoms is Already Underway

U.S. officials have not let on which projects they will support as part of the new B3W plan, their latest effort to blunt China's infrastructure dominance in the Global South and the Belt and Road Initiative more broadly, however, it's almost certain that mobile telecommunications will be ...

Huawei’s Former Premium Smartphone Brand Honor Hopes to Make a Comeback in Africa

Huawei's former premium smartphone brand Honor (now owned by the Shenzhen city government) plans to make a big push in South Africa next year with the opening of three retail stores and distribution deals with the country's major telcos Vodacom, MTN, and Telkom. (TECH ...

Chinese Mobile Phone Brands Want to do in Latin America What They’ve Done in Africa

Chinese mobile phone makers are steadily expanding their market share in Latin America where they're now among the top three brands in some of the region's largest markets including Mexico, Peru and Chile, according to data from the telecommunications research agency Counterpoint.
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