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|Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by PhenomenalMorgan(m): 11:15am On Jun 11|
As the US leads a drive for the West to shun Huawei over security fears, the Chinese tech giant has sought to strengthen its position in Africa, where it is already well-established.
Huawei has taken a leading role in developing next-generation 5G mobile phone networks around the world.
But it has been in turmoil since Washington charged its equipment could serve as a Trojan horse for Chinese intelligence services.
The world's second smartphone marker fiercely denies the allegations, but the US has urged countries to avoid it and several companies have distanced themselves.
They include Google, whose Android operating system runs most smartphones.
And as Washington and Beijing duke it out in an escalating trade war, nations around the world are faced with the dilemma of having to choose a side between the world's two top economies.
Russian President Vladimir Putin weighed in on Friday, slamming Washington's attempt to "unceremoniously push" Huawei out of the global market. Earlier in the week, Russia's MTS telecoms giant signed a deal with Huawei to develop a 5G network in the country.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, a guest of Putin at an economic forum in Saint Petersburg, said China was "ready to share technological inventions with all partners, in particular 5G technology".
But will the escalating fight lead to African nations having to choose between China -- the continent's top trade partner -- and the US?
"For African countries this trade war may end up a binary choice. It will be very difficult for Africa to just ignore" it, said Aly-Khan Satchu, an independent economic analyst based in Nairobi.
- 'Very aggressive strategy' -
Huawei, now a major factor in US-Chinese tensions, has looked to strengthen its ties in Africa, last week signing an agreement to reinforce its cooperation with the African Union.
"This was a way to show that Huawei is still present in Africa and that they want to remain a major player by positioning themselves in this very important growth sector," said Ruben Nizard, an economist and Sub-Saharan Africa specialist at the French financial services firm Coface.
The deal comes after the French newspaper Le Monde reported in 2018 that China had spied on the AU's headquarters in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, citing sources inside the organisation.
The report said the spying began in 2012 after the completion of the AU's new headquarters that was financed by China, and was only noticed when technicians discovered data on the building's servers was being sent to Shanghai.
Both China and the AU reject the allegations.
Huawei has established itself across Africa since launching in Kenya in 1998, and now operates in 40 countries, providing 4G networks to more than half of the continent.
It will also showcase 5G -- the next-generation mobile phone network that will transmit data at far greater speeds -- in Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations, which will be held from June 21 to July 19.
"Africa is a market Huawei had identified and which they conquered thanks to a very aggressive strategy based on cheap financing and speed of execution," Satchu told AFP.
"The fact that Huawei has equipped the AU says it all," he added.
- 'Big Brother Beijing' -
Huawei's presence in Africa goes far beyond selling smartphones and building mobile networks.
In South Africa, it provides training at the country's top universities, this year launching a specialised course on 5G.
Kenya's government signed a 17.5-billion-shilling ($172 million) deal with Huawei in April to build a data centre and "smart city" services.
The Chinese giant also offers a "safe city" surveillance programme.
This initiative, according to the firm's website, "can prevent crimes targeted towards the normal citizen, tourists, students, elderly persons etc before they occur".
It has been deployed in Kenya's capital Nairobi as well as Mauritius, with 4,000 "smart" surveillance video cameras set up at 2,000 sites across the Indian Ocean island nation.
Some media outlets in Mauritius have condemned the system as "digital dictatorship" from "Big Brother Beijing".
But Ghanaian Security Ministry Albert Kan-Dapaah, for one, says Huawei's video surveillance technology helps catch criminals.
"When a crime has been committed, thanks to the cameras, we work magic," Kan-Dapaah says in a promotional video for the Chinese firm.
Huawei Marine, the company's submarine cable arm, is helping to deploy a key 12,000-kilometre (7,450-mile) cable system connecting Africa to Asia.
With Huawei so deeply embedded in Africa, the continent may find it difficult to avoid becoming a collateral victim of the US-China bust-up.
"Africa is caught in the middle of a trade war that they should not have to take part in, because they have nothing to gain," said Nizard.
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by Andersonjr(m): 11:22am On Jun 11|
So they want to turn Africa as their backyard and backup plan. Issorite
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by lilbest4(m): 11:31am On Jun 11|
These are mostly western propaganda to make the ban more popular. Huawei are working in the background no one really knows what they are planning
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by yomi96(m): 12:28pm On Jun 11|
lilbest4:they schooled your ignorance on the last thread,instead of you to stop disgracing yourself, you keep showing the whole world how shallow your reasoning is. Well guess what, africa is not a dumping ground for the socialist china, trying to steal peoples privacy
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by Cletus77(m): 1:27pm On Jun 11|
yomi96:And the Africa isn't a dumping site for the west because they give you soap operas and blues?
The media is just the strongest tool of the west so he's right
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by lilbest4(m): 1:56pm On Jun 11|
yomi96:see this mumu. Which privacy do you have? You that most probably use WhatsApp, Facebook and Google believe you have privacy that shows how ignorant you are.
All the news you are reading about Huawei now are western propaganda the more they release articles on the ban, the more people know about and the more damage it does to Huawei's stock but fools like you believe everything the west feed you.
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by ricon: 2:08pm On Jun 11|
It's a USA vs China phone tech war
|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by Insectkiller: 2:08pm On Jun 11|
|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by tolexy007(m): 2:08pm On Jun 11|
everything is western propaganda
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by Nobody: 2:08pm On Jun 11|
Africa turn to be great is coming, for now it's Asia(China).
|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by Chukwurah003: 2:09pm On Jun 11|
|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by akilo1: 2:09pm On Jun 11|
Wave your hand if u think this dont concern u
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by Shaprara: 2:09pm On Jun 11|
When the data mining and surveillance(spying) begins which they are doing already but will take to another level, Africa will start crying.
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by frankmoney(m): 2:09pm On Jun 11|
Huawei will surely take over Africa , most Africans use Chinese mobile phones , they should strike a deal with xiaomi , techno infinix etc to adopt thier OS . And watch how Android will go into Extinction
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by abkrgumel(m): 2:09pm On Jun 11|
Infinix and techno right now
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by Westsida: 2:09pm On Jun 11|
Make em calm down jare
|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by blackaxe78: 2:09pm On Jun 11|
Una don die!
They will exploit the blood in your veins.
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by RDPMAN: 2:10pm On Jun 11|
Alright... Let see.
|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by TANID(m): 2:10pm On Jun 11|
Africa And Asia
|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by whiteafrique: 2:12pm On Jun 11|
Africa people wey no get option..any rejected is good for them..
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by NOL2dworld: 2:12pm On Jun 11|
Huawei produce good smartphones but I will rather stick with Iphone and my favorite HTC brand.
|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by Kenmatt(m): 2:12pm On Jun 11|
Nigeria alone can give HUAWEI what they want in Africa.
If they can have Nigeria, China and India, what's the fuss with America, after all, how many people are in America?
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by blackaxe78: 2:12pm On Jun 11|
Same Nigerians that are after their European and American counterparts.
Common Toyota and Honda, they still tell you its inferior if not Mercedes, BMW, VW or an American car. And you here talking of xiaomi , techno infinix
How many Chinese product will you still patronize if you are loaded? Be honest.
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by TANID(m): 2:13pm On Jun 11|
|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by Jaqenhghar: 2:14pm On Jun 11|
Andersonjr:Africa IS already their backyard. By the time you refuse to pay up your loans you will watch Africa become worse
|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by blackaxe78: 2:15pm On Jun 11|
Same you will not buy a phone running on a Chinese OS if it lands.
Naija consumers wey do follow follow pass anything. Just let Jay Z and Rihanna flaunt the new Iphone and before you know it, 7000 copies have been sold in Nigeria that same day
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by lilbest4(m): 2:15pm On Jun 11|
yomi96:see tears you sound hungry and frustrated stop crying naa it's not that deep
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by Noel1: 2:16pm On Jun 11|
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|Re: Huawei Turns To Africa To Offset US Blacklist by guuudy87(m): 2:18pm On Jun 11|
Abeg bring ooooo. We will buy. Just try to make them affordable. China has to become world power either by hook or crook.
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