- Huawei’s status as a major relay for China’s Belt and Road Initiative could further solidify its presence in the continent
- African officials say they won’t be influenced by Washington’s fears that the Chinese company is a national security threat
As Britain was banning the use of Huawei in its next-generation networks last month, the Chinese telecoms equipment vendor was being used to power South Africa’s commercial 5G services.
South Africa’s data-only mobile network, Rain, introduced its first commercial stand-alone 5G network, which teamed with the Chinese company. Huawei has also joined with local telecoms firm MTN Group to launch 5G in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.
Kenya is expected to follow suit this year after the country’s largest telco, Safaricom, conducted pilot tests for Huawei’s new mobile internet technology.