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Vol 1 (AAC) No 9

Published 1st July 2008

Wired for growth

Chinese companies lead their Indian and Japanese counterparts into African telecoms, the world's fastest growing market

The battle for African telecoms is on. From the ground up, from the base stations and transmitting equipment to the rival cellphone companies, Asian and European companies are competing in Africa, searching for new markets and revenues. Almost every African country has signed multimillion dollar contracts with Asian telecoms equipment manufacturers and service companies. Growth in equipment, maintenance and services continues. The latest overtures from India's mobile operators suggest the competition will get tougher still in Africa's telecoms. For now China is assuredly in the lead (see map on page 2).

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