China and Africa: Alternative Telecommunication Policies and Practices

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dc.identifier.citation Sutherland, E. (2016). China and Africa: Alternative telecommunication policiesand practices. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 17,165-195. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.description.abstract The Beijing Consensus is said to be a win-win for China and Africa. China has become a major force in global telecommunications markets, as a manufacturer, a content provider and in delivering services to its citizens. While the relationship between China and Africa has been explored in many areas, telecommunications has been ignored, despite its strong domestic performance, as well as the presence of Chinese equipment in African networks and in the hands of consumers. China has not exported its domestic model of competing state-owned operators, nor have those operators followed the “going out” strategy. However, manufacturers have benefitted from the Washington Consensus model of oligopolistic markets. In countries with higher risks, they have been aided by Chinese development banks and intergovernmental agreements. In a new policy model, for the Comoros and Ethiopia, Chinese firms have taken on outsourcing of network functions for the state-owned operators. Additionally, manufacturers have found several channels to supply feature-phones and smartphones at low prices, helping to widen access. Absent from African markets are the providers of Internet content and apps. There is very little evidence of spillover effects, with little knowledge being transferred. China has won from hardware sales in Africa, while Africans have won wider access to telecommunications, including states rejecting the Washington Consensus model.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.title China and Africa: Alternative Telecommunication Policies and Practices en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 17 en_ZA
dc.journal.title The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC) en_ZA
ddi.keyword Africa, China, Internet, policy, regulation, telecommunications
dc.description.librarian CA2016 en_ZA
dc.citation.issue 17 en_ZA
dc.description.url en_ZA

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    Thematic Issue: Economic Regulation, Regulatory Performance and Universal Access in the Electronic Communications Sector

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