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What Transsion Did in Africa’s Mobile Phone Market, Chinese Device Maker Realme is Doing in India

The Chinese brand RealMe isn’t well known in China, but it managed to zoom to the number 3 position in India’s notoriously competitive mobile phone market. With a 16% market share, the company is now only behind Samsung (20%) and China’s Xiaomi (23%.)

When it Comes to ICT Training, Africa Differs from Western Critics on Huawei

As U.S. trade tensions with China deteriorate into a struggle over future technological supremacy, Chinese tech companies have become targets. Many Chinese firms faced a sudden ban on buying high-end technological components made in the U.S. This pressure is causing these companies to rethink their global strategies.  ...

Transsion’s Nearly Two-Year Run of Uninterrupted Growth in Africa Comes to an End

Two years of the pandemic, supply chain disruptions and slowing economies in Africa finally caught up with Shenzhen-based African mobile phone giant Transsion. The company released its first-quarter results earlier this month that revealed drops in revenues (1.8%), profits (7.6%), and smartphone sales (7%) compared to the ...

Mobile Phone Giant Tecno Wants a Piece of Kenya’s Booming Mobile Money Market

Transsion's Tecno brand is expanding its new mobile money service to Kenya this week. “The wallet has pilot launched in Nigeria in May, and roll-out to Kenya in middle of June," the company said in a statement. A mobile payment option from ...

Africa’s Position Amidst China’s Dominance of the Continent’s Mobile Phone Sector

By Pamela Adwoa Carslake The mobile handset industry is said to be a top 5 industry in the world, accruing US$522 billion in sales revenue and annual sales of over 6 billion mobile devices according to a document by the Pakistan ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The G7’s New Infrastructure Initiative Could Strengthen China’s Global South Game: Experts

The G7’s new Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII), a $600 billion plan to build infrastructure across the Global South and counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), could have the effect of improving how Chinese companies do business and could end up improving the BRI itself, according to development experts. 

Some acknowledged that the BRI has been controversial for its environmental and debt impacts. But they also pointed out ...

Huawei’s Former Premium Brand Phone Tries to Reboot in South Africa

Huawei's now independent high-end smartphone brand HONOR, which was spun off in 2020 in response to crippling U.S. sanctions, is now setting its sights on the South African mobile market. The company said it's been investing heavily to build brand awareness ...

China’s Tecno Brand Dominates Kenyan Mobile Phone Market

Kenya's mobile phone market shrank by 9% in the first quarter of the year, according to new data from technology consultancy IDC, but even a drop that large didn't budge Transsion's Tecno brand from the top spot in the market.

China’s Tecno and Infinix Ranked Among the Top Brands in Africa

Transsion's Tecno unit slipped a spot to #6 in Brand Africa's annual ranking of the most admired brands but it still remained firmly in the top ten and was the highest-ranked of any Chinese company.  Two other phone brands, ...

Once a Leading Player in Kenya’s Mobile Phone Market, Huawei Hopes Budget Phones Will Help It Make a Comeback

Huawei's moribund mobile phone business in Kenya is showing signs of life. The company was once among the dominant mobile phone brands in Africa, including Kenya, but that business all but stopped in 2019 when Huawei was sanctioned by the United States and blocked from ...

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 ...
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