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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) Senior executives at AT&T and Time Warner have met in recent weeks to discuss various business strategies including a possible merger, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The talks, which at this stage are informal, have focused on building relations between the companies rather than establishing the terms of a specific transaction, the report said, noting that neither side has yet hired a financial adviser.

(Telecompaper) Telia reported a net loss of SEK 8.81 billion for the third quarter, compared to a profit of SEK 4.59 billion a year ago, due to provisions of SEK 12.5 billion for settling investigations into alleged corruption in obtaining its licence in Uzbekistan. Underlying profit from continuing operations, which excludes its activities in Eurasia and Spain up for sale, was up 0.4 percent year-on-year to SEK 3.60 billion. Telia completed the sale of Yoigo in Spain during the quarter and said it's also nearing a deal to sell its stake in Fintur, the holding company for its Eurasian activities, to minority shareholder Turkcell. An agreement on this is targeted for 2017, the company said.

(Telecompaper) Microsoft reported better-than-expected results for its fiscal first quarter to September, driven by continued strength in its cloud services business. Revenue was little changed year-on-year at USD 20.5 billion, but excluding Windows deferral revenues and currency effects, rose 5 percent. Operating profit fell 10 percent to USD 5.2 billion, and net profit dropped 4 percent to USD 4.7 billion, also impacted by currency effects. Excluding one-time effects, earnings rose 9 percent, or 13 percent at constant exchange rates, to USD 0.76 per share.

(Telecompaper) Ericsson said sales continued to fall in the third quarter, with revenues declining 14 percent from the year before to SEK 51.1 million. Sales were particularly impacted at the Networks segments, down 19 percent, as well as from less demand for broadband, especially in markets with a weak macro-economic environment. Economic weakness in regions such as Latin America, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa weighed. Sales in Europe, China and North America also went lower year-on-year. Only South East Asia and Oceania posted sales growth, on the transition from 3G to 4G. Ericsson said it expects the sales trend to continue into the fourth quarter. The quarter will also be affected a contract renewal in the US with a reduced scope.

(Telecompaper) Verizon reported a further drop in results in the third quarter, as the operator's expansion into new services has yet to offset the tough competition on the mobile market. Operating revenues fell 6.7 percent year-on-year to USD 30.9 billion and were down 2.9 percent after adjusting for the divested landline activities. Operating profit fell 13.2 percent to USD 6.5 billion, and net earnings dropped to USD 0.89 per share from USD 0.99 a year ago. The adjusted EBITDA margin was at 33.9 percent and Verizon said it still expects a stable full-year margin.

(Telecompaper) China Mobile Group reported "favourable development" in its mobile business for the first three quarters of 2016. Growth was mainly boosted by the group's efforts to consolidate its 4G position and accelerate the migration of customers to 4G networks, the company said. China Mobile ended September with a total mobile customer base of 844 million, representing a net increase of 17.42 million for the first three quarters. Mobile ARPU rose 1.7 percent year-on-year to CNY 60.

(Telecompaper) Tele2 reported third quarter revenues up slightly to SEK 6.961 billion from 6.791 billion the year before, driven by growth in Sweden, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan and the Baltics. Group mobile end-user service revenue lifted 6 percent, with record revenue in Sweden. Group EBITDA slid to SEK 1.562 billion from 1.599 billion, with the margin off to 22 percent from 24 percent, affected by costs associated with the commercial push in the Netherlands following the launch of LTE there. The net result went to a loss of SEK 2.266 billion from a gain of 397 million, hit by an impairment of goodwill in the Netherlands.

(Telecompaper) The Federal Communications Commission has announced a settlement with T-Mobile US over the "inadequate disclosures" of its data plans, which were throttled at times of high congestion even though they were sold as unlimited. The FCC said the operator has agreed to pay a total of USD 48 million after its investigation found that "company policy allows it to slow down data speeds when T-Mobile or MetroPCS customers on so-called 'unlimited' plans exceed a monthly data threshold." The FCC added that: "Company advertisements and other disclosures may have led unlimited data plan customers to expect that they were buying better and faster service than what they received."

(Telecompaper) T-Mobile Netherlands will this week activate its Internet-of-Things network in a number of cities. From next week, the NB-IoT network will be available in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven and in the area around Schiphol. More locations will follow next month and next year, with nationwide coverage in the course of 2017. T-Mobile NL claims to be the first to roll out NB-IoT on such a large scale.

(Telecompaper) Vodafone and Inmarsat will together provide internet access to hard-to-reach places in the world, after signing a deal aimed at bringing connection to the global Internet of Things sector, the Financial Times reported. Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce said this was its first deal with a mobile phone network but that it does not expect it to be the last between satellite network and mobile network providers, as both sides seek to connect machines and smart software applications worldwide.

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. ©