Dec 11, 2016
Just as internet access became more widely available, a second
trend was taking shape that would not only revolutionize the
internet in Africa but throughout the entire developing world.
Chinese mobile device makers like Huawei, Oppo, Tecno, OnePlus and
countless others made a critically important breakthrough with
the creation of sub-$100 Android-powered smartphones
of millions of people upgraded their well-worn Nokia and Ericsson
feature phones to these new Chinese-made Android devices and,
for the first time, providing full-access to the mobile
The importance of so many new consumers getting online in
cannot be overstated
. This access to the internet is being felt
in every aspect of society from politics to commerce,
communications to content and beyond. Until recently,
in most regions in Africa where there was never even a copper-line
, the sudden emergence of modern communications
networks paired with low-cost handheld devices is truly remarkable.
Although it would not be accurate to give the Chinese government
and companies all of the credit for facilitating this
telecommunications revolution, they have probably done far more
than any other single country for which they deserve an enormous
amount of praise.
This week Eric & Cobus discuss the African IT market and
how a new, $35 million Chinese-financed data center in Tanzania is
poised to light up much up of East Africa with significantly faster
internet connections, all part of China’s ongoing development of
Africa’s ICT sector.
Join the conversation. Do you think it is fair to credit the
Chinese with transforming Africa’s information technology market?
Do you use Chinese tech? If so, what’s been your experience? Tell
us what you think.