After being cut off by service providers like Google and hardware suppliers including Intel, Qualcomm and Xilinx, Huawei’s future in the OECD countries is definitely dim.
Populous Asian countries like India, Indonesia and the Philippines, with sizable markets, will probably hold on for a while to see what is going to happen next.
As the Eurasian market is relatively small in terms of smartphone users’ quantity, Africa is going to determine Huawei’s future as a heavy-weight consumer.
Huawei has become one of the leading corporations in transforming the IT infrastructure in Africa. In South Africa, for example, Huawei is building two data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town as part of a gigantic plan to expand cloud services across Africa.
In Egypt, Huawei is already testing its 5G network at the Cairo International Stadium for hosting the African (football) Cup of Nations in June-July 2019.
Through the ‘Seeds for the Future’ program, Huawei not just upgrades Ghana’s ICT network, but also transfers the relevant knowledge and skills to the Ghanaian youth. Similar cases can go on endlessly, and the point is simply that Huawei has already laid down a sound base in Africa.
Huawei has the capabilities of developing its own chips as, and offering its own apps to replace Google’s and other American softwares. The decisive factor is on the demand side. Some Africans will surely drop Huawei, and we will see how Huawei manages to yield continuous support and trust from the other African consumers.
If it fails, this company can only survive inside China. If it can make a breakthrough, Huawei has the potential to retain a seat in the global market..
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