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Smartphone Sales Rebounded Last Year in Mideast and African Countries, Led by Chinese Brands

Smartphone sales in the Mideast and Africa rose sharply last year, led by Tecno, a subsidiary of Shenzhen-based Transsion Holdings, which surpassed Samsung in market share for the first time.  Overall, sales in the region increased by 30% in Q4 2023 ...

Huawei and South African Telco MTN to Build Tech Innovation Lab

Chinese electronics giant Huawei and South African telco major MTN signed an agreement on Wednesday to build a "Joint Innovation Technology Lab" that the two companies will use to support African research in AI, big data, and cloud computing, among other things.

Ghana Installs 1,010 Rural Telephony Sites as Part of China-Backed Project

The Ghanaian government is at the halfway point to build out 2,016 telephony sites that will deliver new voice and data services to millions of rural residents. Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said 618 of the new towers are fully operational, with the remaining ...

Lots of People Are Confused About Indonesia’s Decision to Ban E-Commerce on TikTok. Here’s Why They Did It.

The Indonesian government last week outlawed the use of TikTok to sell goods online goods, delivering a massive blow to the Chinese social media giant in its fastest-growing market in Southeast Asia. Since the ban went into effect last Wednesday, there's ...

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

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.

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 ...
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