As China’s smartphone market comes out of its fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year declines, domestic companies are increasingly placing their bets elsewhere. Besides other parts of Asia, one area of planned growth has been Africa, a recent report by tech research firm IDC shows.

There, the overall phone market has seen a 2.1% decline, accompanying an overall downturn across the world. Smartphone shipments fared better, however, with a 1.3% drop from the previous quarter compared to a global average decline of 6%.

According to DigiTimes, IDC research manager Ramazan Yavuz stated that “There is a new wave of China-based brands aggressively pursuing growth opportunities” across the African continent.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.