Baidu  and France Telecom  are collaborating  on a low-end smartphone  browser for Africa. The browser, which will launch in Egypt , will be pre-installed on phones sold by France Telecom, which already has around 80 million African customers, on the continent. The move means that the Chinese search giant  will become part of what is an already huge Sino-centric presence .
Due to slow data speeds on African networks, it is hard to browse the web. This Franco-Chinese collaboration would use special code which reduces the amount of data packets needed to browse sites such as Facebook  and Twitter . Non-France Telecom users will be able to access the browser via both a download and an SMS message . Last year, Google debuted  an SMS feature in Ghana , Nigeria , and Kenya , funneling emails through SMS.
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