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Chinese Brands Take a Hit as Smartphone Sales Slump in Mideast and African Countries

First-quarter smartphone shipments to countries in the Mideast and Africa slumped to their lowest level in seven years, with some of China's top device makers all losing share. High inflation and weak local currencies are largely to blame for the downturn, according to analysts at the technology ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Embark on a Four-Nation African Tour Next Month

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will embark on a four-nation African tour next month, a trip widely seen as an effort to counter Chinese and Russian influence on the continent. This will be the first visit to Africa by a Japanese leader since 2016. (NIKKEI ASIA)

Hard to Believe But Huawei’s Still Got a Smartphone Business in South Africa

Even though Huawei's mobile phone business is just a fraction of the size it was before the U.S. slapped crippling sanctions on the company, blocking it from using Google and other American technology, South African consumers are still keen to buy the Chinese tech giant's devices.

Google to Partner with Transsion, China’s Phone Giant in Africa

Google announced that it struck a global strategic partnership with Transsion, a Chinese maker of mobile phones beloved across the Global South. Together, the two will target emerging markets like Africa via cooperation on the Android operating system, online advertising, and Google Cloud services. ...

New Undersea Cable Will Link China to a Trio of Countries in Southeast Asia

Six telecom carriers from four countries in Asia signed an agreement to build a new regional undersea high bandwidth cable. The $300 million Asia Link Cable system will stretch 6,000 kilometers from southern China to the Philippines, Brunei and Singapore.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Argentina Scores $924 Million in Deals from China

Argentina’s Economy Minister Sergio Massa managed to secure almost a billion dollars‘ worth of investment deals on the first leg of his trip to China.
He is on an economic rescue mission, with talks expected to renew and extend a currency swap agreement in order to infuse much-needed foreign money into the Argentinian economy.

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Two New Huawei-Powered 5G Networks Launch in Africa

Chinese telecom giant Huawei may be encountering severe headwinds in the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia but not so in Africa, where the company launched two new 5G networks in just the past week: SOUTH AFRICA: Partially state-owned Telkom launched ...

African Consumers Still Want Huawei Smartphones Even Without Google’s Services

When Huawei was added to the U.S. entities list in August 2020 that blocked the Chinese telecom giant from using American technology on its smartphones, most notably Google's Android operating system, many commentators wrote obituaries for the company's once-dominant handset business.

Chinese Smartphone Giant Oppo Readies For Brazil Debut

Chinese smartphone giant Oppo, the world's fourth largest, is in final preparation before launching in South America's largest consumer market. Oppo will debut its Reno 7 model next Monday as part of the kick-off. Even for a company ...

Transsion Keeps its Edge as Economic Downturn Hits African Consumers

Smartphone shipments to Africa have fallen by 7.9% as economic downturns hit consumer wallets, according to new research by the International Data Corporation, a U.S.-based telecom research group. Despite the fall, the Chinese brand Transsion ...

How Transsion Hit the Mobile Jackpot in Africa

The Chinese mobile phone maker Transsion hasn't sold a single phone in China. Yet it posted a $580 million profit last year, largely based on its success in Africa. Through its Itel, Tecno, and Infinix brands, the company currently occupies 47% ...
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