Students use their mobile phones at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the first quarter of this year Africa’s smartphone shipments declined 7.1 per cent quarter on quarter to 21.5 million units. Photo: AFP

How China’s Simi Mobile is conquering Africa, one country at a time

  • Budget phone maker Simi Mobile recorded total revenue of US$39 million in 2018
  • In the first quarter of this year, Africa’s smartphone shipments declined 7.1 per cent quarter on quarter but were up 5.6 per cent year on year to 21.5 million units
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Students use their mobile phones at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the first quarter of this year Africa’s smartphone shipments declined 7.1 per cent quarter on quarter to 21.5 million units. Photo: AFP
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Li Tao

Li Tao

Li Tao is a senior technology reporter, based in Shenzhen. He focuses on big enterprises including Alibaba, Huawei and ZTE, hardware makers, and smartphone brands such as Oppo, Vivo and Oneplus. He joined the Post in 2017 after working for more than seven years with China Daily in Hong Kong. He has masters degrees in both laws and journalism.