Briefing: Huawei Cloud to offer services in Africa

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Huawei sets up African cloud server – China Daily

What happened: Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei will begin offering cloud services in South Africa next year, with plans to expand further into the continent. A company representative said that South Africa will become Huawei’s base for expansion amid plans by tech giants Microsoft and Amazon to tap the market on the continent.

Why it’s important: Huawei’s cloud division is a recent entrant to the competitive cloud computing market. Since the beginning of 2018, it has launched international data centers in Russia, Hong Kong, and Thailand. The company has an international focus, with it and its partners offering services in 14 countries globally. Alibaba Cloud already has data centers in China, the US, Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Australia, though none in Africa. Tencent also has plans to develop its cloud computing services as it focuses more on enterprises amid a crackdown on gaming in China.