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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) China has allowed Microsoft, Cisco, Intel and IBM to join its Technical Committee 260 (TC260) , part of the government's cyberspace administration and in charge of defining cybersecurity standards, the Wall Street Journal reported. The companies will now be able to take an active part in drafting rules, rather than participating only as observers, sources familiar with the discussions said. Representatives from Microsoft and Cisco confirmed the companies are members. IBM and Intel were not immediately available for comment. Over the past few months, the committee's seven working groups, which focus on encryption, big data and other cybersecurity issues, have each met at least once. The committee that the foreign companies are a part of is at the front of the struggle over whether China will adopt standards that deviate from international norms.

(Telecompaper) Vivendi reported results for the second quarter below analysts' expectations, posting a year-on-year drop in EBITA of 41.5 percent to EUR 174 million. This negative performance was mainly driven by the ongoing losses of its pay-TV unit Canal Plus in France, which the company intends to redress with a EUR 300 million cost reduction plan, aimed to reach breakeven in France in 2018. Vivendi's Q2 adjusted net income dropped 3.1 percent to EUR 187 million on a comparable basis, while revenue declined to EUR 2.55 billion. Universal Music, Vivendi's second largest business unit, saw its profitability measures improve in the second quarter, with EBITA up 10.8 percent year-on-year. Conversely, performance at Canal Plus Group deteriorated significantly, suffering a 46.8 percent drop in EBITA to EUR 119 million, as the positive trend in its international operations only partly offset increased losses in France.

(Telecompaper) Sprint reached peak speeds of 275 Mbps in three-channel carrier aggregation lab tests using the LG G5, one of the first devices on the market to support the functionality. Sprint is independently testing three-channel carrier aggregation in its labs to evaluate overall performance, speed, and reliability as it prepares for LTE Plus network deployment. Carrier aggregation is an LTE-Advanced feature that bonds together bands of spectrum to create wider channels and produce more capacity and faster speeds on capable devices. Essentially it creates a wider lane that allows more data traffic to travel at higher rates.

(Telecompaper) WhatsApp has announced an updated privacy policy that will give it the right to share users' phone numbers with its parent company, Facebook. The move, which comes over two years after Facebook acquired the messaging app for USD 19 billion, will lead to better friend suggestions and more relevant ads, said WhatsApp, adding that by sharing user data it will be able to "better track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp." The company was keen to emphasise that it won't post or share users' WhatsApp-verified phone numbers with others, including on Facebook, and it won't sell, share, or give the number to advertisers.

(Telecompaper) ZTE announced a 4.05 percent increase in first-half operating revenues compared to a year earlier to CNY 47.76 billion. While the company did not release Q2 figures, the report suggests business was stable in the second quarter, after Q1 sales also rose 4 percent. ZTE reported a net profit of CNY 1.77 billion, up 9.33 percent from a year earlier, and operating cash flow improved 56.17 percent to CNY 2.35 billion.

(Telecompaper) Asian operator Axiata Group reported second-quarter revenue of MYR 5.3 billion, which represents an increase of 12.8 percent year-on-year. Revenue growth was mainly boosted by the consolidation of revenue from Nepal in the second quarter of 2016, and higher revenues in Sri Lanka, coupled with a positive translation impact. At constant currency, Group revenue registered an increase of 8.6 percent. EBITDA jumped 20.4 percent year-on-year to MYR 2.1 billion, and margin increased by 2.5 percentage points to 38.9 percent at 30 June 2016.

(Telecompaper) An Orange spokesperson denied that the company had reached a deal with Vivendi on the acquisition of a stake in Telecom Italia and Canal Plus, reports Les Echos. The statement came following press reports that the two groups could be close to an agreement. Orange representatives have admitted the possibility of talks with Vivendi, as rumours of discussions last emerged in early July. News site Challenges published an article on 24 August claiming that Orange was considering taking a stake in Telecom Italia and Canal Plus in a deal brokered by investment banker Jean-Marie Messier. According to Challenges, the stake in Canal Plus (in the region of 20 percent) was not necessarily dependent on the acquisition of a stake in Telecom Italia, in which Vivendi holds 24.9 percent of the share capital. Vivendi has not commented on the reports.

(Telecompaper) Ooredoo Algeria has announced the appointment of Hendrik Kasteel as its new CEO, succeeding Joseph Ged, who resigned from his position on 22 August. Kasteel has over 25 years of experience, out of which 20 years in the telecom sector, where he served in several roles, most recently as Managing Director at Euronet Communications, a subsidiary of Dutch Telecom.

(Telecompaper) The Treasury has warned the European Union of possible repercussions if it attempts to claim back billions in tax from major US multinationals such as Apple. The Treasury said its officials have met with European Commission counterparts several times in recent months on the matter, and the US finance ministry has now issued a white paper outlining its position. The Commission has been investigating a number of advance tax rulings issued by EU member states that are suspected of giving an unfair advantage to multinationals. It is expected to issue a decision next month on Ireland's tax deal with Apple. The US Treasury said these tax payments could have an "outsized" impact on the companies, as well as US tax revenues, and also undermines US tax treaties and globally accepted practcies in transfer pricing. The Treasury said it would prefer to "the system of international tax cooperation" and work with the EU on a more mutually accepted solution.

(Telecompaper) India's second- and third-largest mobile operators, Vodafone and Idea Cellular are in "exploratory" talks for a possible merger, unnamed sources told CNBC-TV18. However, a possible merger could infringe anti-trust regulations, as the combined entity would breach the 50 percent market share in a few circles. Idea rejected the report in a statement to the stock market, saying it was "absolutely untrue and preposterous". Vodafone India declined to comment on the matter.

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. ©