Huawei, a Chinese technology company is facing severe mobile device competition from its tier 1 and tier 2 providers.
A tier-1 carrier possesses a network in which it’s the sole operator, meaning it has a direct connection to the Internet and the networks it uses to deliver voice and data services.
Similarly, a tier-2 carrier operates the same way, except it may get a portion of its network from a tier-1 operator by way of a concept known as “peering,” which can be loosely defined as piggybacking onto the network already in place by a tier-1 source.
Huawei said it is able to manage the effects of competition and maintain its position in mobile broadband and home convergence by keeping a watchful eye on the fierce competition in the provision of software solutions and applications.
Huawei Communications Manager for Southern Africa, Shalate Davhana, said in South Africa the company has a huge uptake of the Huawei IDEOS S7 Slim smartphone, which has started penetrating the market due to its value for money.
“In Kenya, the Huawei IDEOS U8150 is the top selling smartphone, dominating the market ahead of Nokia,” said Davhana.
“To date we have sold nearly 100 000 units. We have launched the same handset in Uganda and are planning to launch in Zambia in August,” said Davhana.
Huawei has operations in Kenya, Zambia, Angola, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia. It provides solutions, applications and software to local mobiles and telecoms companies across Africa.
“We are not only targeting larger telecom’s companies, but also local distributors in each country who control the retail space, however we do not sell directly to the public,” said Davhana.
“Our mobile broadband products are still leading the markets throughout Africa.”