France’s Orange sees no issue in working with Huawei in Africa, where the Chinese company dominates as a supplier of equipment to many telecommunications operators.
Facebook and Google are spending billions trying to get more people online in Africa, but the Internet giants are facing a backlash from governments worried about technology being used to remove them from power.
Huawei Technologies is positioning itself to get more business in Ethiopia, as the East African economy opens up its telecommunications sector.
Ethiopia opened the doors on Friday for telecommunications operators wishing to secure two new licences to submit their technical and financial bids.
Huawei Technologies, already getting squeezed out of Europe’s vast market for the next generation of telecommunications equipment, is under siege in another fast-growing business: cloud computing.
Standard Bank Group is planning to scale up some of its operations and further digitise its systems to fend off fintech firms encroaching on its client base.
Africa’s mobile phone operators are ramping up plans to bring banking to millions of Africans, in some cases for the first time, after the coronavirus crisis caused a surge in use of digital financial services.
The head of the French cybersecurity agency Anssi said there would not be a total ban on using equipment from Huawei in the roll-out of the French 5G telecommunications network.
The United Nations is partnering with MTN, Vodacom, Orange and Airtel on a mobile data platform that delivers coronavirus-related information around Africa.