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Huawei crackdown

Huawei's deep roots put Africa beyond reach of US crackdown

Chinese telecom gear features in 5G networks in South Africa and Uganda

A tobacco farmer checks his mobile phone at a market in Harare, Zimbabwe.   © Reuters

ISTANBUL -- As the U.S. lobbies for countries around the world to keep Huawei Technologies out of their telecommunications networks, the Chinese giant has established a seemingly irreversible foothold in Africa, a market of 1.3 billion people.

African presenters featured prominently in an online event held by Huawei in late July, including South African Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who stressed the growing importance of a digital shift amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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