Baidu will provide Android browers for France Telecom in Middle East and Africa15 Jan, 2013
Baidu, China’s “Google”, is breaking out of China and pushing into the Middle East and Africa in what is called “its largest international expansion to date”.
Baidu just struck a deal with France Telecom to provide a pre-installed Baidu browser on France Telecom’s Android phones. France Telecom has 80 million customers in the Middle East and Africa.
Baidu raised $ 1,5 billion in november 2012, and apparently wants to use the money to become a true global rival to Google.
Demand for smartphones is rising in Africa. The African market is expected to skip the phase of fixed line connections and go straight to adopting mobile internet.
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