Going places: South-east Europe’s tech sector

Going places: South-east Europe’s tech sector

With a strong tradition of technical and scientific education, relatively low cost bases, a strategic location, and growing support from governments and private investors, the tech sector in South-east Europe is a bright spot on the investment landscape. While other industries struggle with politics, bureaucracy and relatively small domestic markets, a growing range of homegrown tech companies and major multinationals are capitalising on the region’s competitive advantages. This analysis focuses on three countries with active and growing tech scenes: Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.

Huawei and 5G – what’s the big deal?

Huawei and 5G – what’s the big deal?

President Donald Trump’s Executive Order declaring a national emergency over threats from the unrestricted acquisition or use of ICT in the US on May 15, and the barring of US businesses from purchasing Huawei products and selling critical technology to the Chinese telecoms giant, are intended to protect the country and, arguably, Western democracies from foreign (China) adversaries who are creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in their ICT infrastructure. However, Trump’s move should also be viewed within the broader context of the growing tensions between the US and China, with the specific measures taken against Huawei being part and parcel of their ongoing trade war.