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Welcome to Art Telecom. Information about telecommunications in Senegal. Various broadband initiatives have been launched and the number of African countries offering commercial ADSL reached 21 in 2005. Wireless access technologies are increasingly being used as a substitute for poor or non-existing fixed-line infrastructures.
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(Telecompaper) US operator Cable One has agreed to buy NewWave Communications for USD 735 million in cash from private equity group GTCR. Missouri-based NewWave is a cable operator providing TV, phone and broadband services to residential and business customers in parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas. Its network passes nearly 428,000 homes, and the company has more than 214,000 residential primary service units and 31,000 business PSUs. Cable One said NewWave's presence in non-urban areas fits well with its own profile, and the company has room to expand further its broadband and business services penetration, after already upgrading its network. Together, Cable One and NewWave will serve more than 1.2 million PSUs.

(Telecompaper) Ofcom has imposed a fine of GBP 2.7 million on EE for billing mistakes which resulted in customers being overcharged. The regulator said almost 40,000 customers were overcharged by a total of 250,000, on two separate occasions.

(Telecompaper) Telefonica has announced that it plans to invest some EUR 70 million a year in the production of a total of 14 original Spanish TV series over the next two years. Luis Miguel Gilperez, president of Telefonica Spain, made the announcement at the presentation of the EUR 10 million production "La Peste", a series set in a plague-ravaged 16th century Seville. "La Peste" will be directed by Alberto Rodriguez, responsible for the critically acclaimed thriller "La Isla Minima" ("Marshland"), and will premiere in December 2017 on Movistar+. The six episodes of the series will be shot during 18 weeks starting on 06 February, in over 130 locations in Andalucia and Extremadura.

(Telecompaper) Qualcomm is facing another anti-trust investigation, this time in its home country the US. The Federal Trade Commission has accused Qualcomm of using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of mobile phone processors. According to the complaint, Qualcomm ensures higher royalties for its standard-essential patents by threatening to disrupt supplies of its products to phone manufacturers. The FTC said these royalties "amount to a tax on the manufacturers' use of baseband processors manufactured by Qualcomm's competitors, a tax that excludes these competitors and harms competition". The increased costs from the higher royalties also affects consumers.

(Telecompaper) Tele2 and Vodafone have announced a new agreement to work together to serve multinational customers in Sweden, Latvia and Lithuania. Tele2 will become a Vodafone partner in the three markets, offering network and services and acting as key account manager for Vodafone's global corporate clients with headquarters or branch offices there. Through the partnership Tele2 will also be able to provide multinational customers in the three countries with access to a range of Vodafone Global Enterprise services.

(Telecompaper) The MulteFire Alliance has launched its first specification for LTE operating independently in unlicensed spectrum. MulteFire Release 1.0 comes just under a year after the alliance was first formed at the Mobile World Congress last year. The specification builds on elements of 3GPP Releases 13 and 14 to define how LTE networks can operate in unlicensed and shared spectrum, while ensuring fair sharing of spectrum with other users and technologies such as Wi-Fi. By removing the requirement for an anchor in licensed spectrum, MulteFire goes beyond Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) to enable new applications such as private or local area networks.

(Telecompaper) Reliance Jio Infocomm, the newest mobile operator in India, ended 2016 with a total 72.4 million subscribers. The company started by energy group Reliance Industries launched last September and claims to be the fastest growing technology operation in the world, after signing up 50 million subscribers in just 83 days. To finance the continue growth, Reliance Industries announced plans for a rights issue of convertible preference shares at Jio to raise INR 300 billion (USD 4.4 billion). Jio is winning over subscribers with an introductory and now New Year offer of free services for a limited time. The company also claims the most extensive 4G network in the country, which it said will reach soon 90 percent population coverage. It claims double the average speed compared to any other operator, at 18.17 Mbps in December on regulator Trai's comparison site.

(Telecompaper) Deutsche Telekom has named Soren Abildgaard (48) the new CEO of T-Mobile Netherlands from 01 February. He comes from Telia Company, where he worked most recently as chief commercial officer and was previously CEO of Telia Denmark. Abildgaard replaces Martin Knauer, who has worked as interim CEO since September last year, when Mark Klein stepped down.

(Telecompaper) Italian regulator Agcom said it is still investigating Vivendi's acquisition of a stake in Mediaset. The communications regulator started the investigation on 21 December after Vivendi accumulated a nearly 30 percent stake last last year and Mediaset accused the French company of pursuing a hostile takeover. Agcom said its investigation would take up to 120 days and could be extended by another 60 days if necessary. Its statement follows a report in La Repubblica that Agcom's preliminary conclusion was that a takeover of Mediaset by Vivendi could be illegal.

(Telecompaper) Set-top box maker Arris is looking to take over Brocade's networking equipment operations for up to USD 1 billion, Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. The parties are in talks around a deal that would enable Arris to offer high-end mobile broadband devices to customers and ensure that Broadcom, which agreed to buy Brocade in November, will not own a business that competes with its top clients, such as Cisco Systems. Brocade is in discussion with a number of companies about the operations and there is no certainty at this point that Arris will prevail, the sources said, adding that a decision is expected by the end of the month. Arris, Broadcom and Brocade declined to comment on the report.

VoIP - Voice over internet

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is like a phone just connected to the internet, where is use a protocol optimized for the transmission of voice through the Internet or other packet switched networks.

VoIP is also known as IP Telephony, Internet telephony, Broadband telephony, Broadband Phone and Voice over Broadband.

Internet usage, broadband and telecommunications reports Senegall

Internet Usage Statistics:
 540,000 Internet users as of September, 2006;
 4.9% of the population, according to ITU. ©