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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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TELECOM RESOURCES:
(Telecompaper) Altice announced that it's considering an selling a stake in its US unit in an initial public offering. The company said it would offer a minority interest in Altice USA, which includes the cable operators Optimum and Suddenlink. The company gave no further details, saying a final decision had not been taken yet on the structure or timing of the IPO and there was no assurance it would go ahead.

(Telecompaper) The European Commission has issued new draft rules on the 'fair use' of roaming and said it aims to finalise the rules in the next week. The deadline is 15 December to have the rules in place, so operators have enough time to prepare for the planned end to roaming surcharges next June. Following its initial proposal in September, the Commission said it consulted with the industry, consumer groups, regulators, the European Parliament and member states on further refining the rules. Its latest version gives further detail to the idea of a 'stable link' with another country, which would exempt some mobile users from restrictions on their roaming usage. It also sets a minimum period of four months before mobile providers can consider a customer using more roaming than fair and impose additional charges. In addition, it proposes a cap based on wholesale rates of how much data roaming customers can use if they are on prepaid or unlimited plans.

(Telecompaper) Swedish postal and telecoms regulator PTS said it will issue an injunction ordering Telia Company to comply with rules on zero-rated internet traffic. PTS said that under EU regulations, all web traffic must be treated equally, once consumers have used up all the data included in their subscription.

(Telecompaper) French over-the-top video platform Molotov announced that it has raised EUR 22 million as part of what it described as a second funding round, following a EUR 10 million round in 2014. The company said that the capital raised comes from previous backers, including Idinvest and new investors, including Sky and french infrastructure operator TDF. The news that Sky had participated to the founding round had emerged in September, when the company said it had made a EUR 4 million investment.

(Telecompaper) The number of fixed telephony connections in the Netherlands has dropped by 0.2 percent during the third quarter of 2016 to end September with 6.28 million lines. Digital telephony lines grew by 0.3 percent during the quarter which was not enough to off-set the decrease in traditional telephony lines (via PSTN/ISDN). At the same time, the fixed telephony revenues decrease even faster, according to Telecompaper's Dutch Fixed Telephony 2016-Q3 report.

(Telecompaper) Microsoft has announced plans to make Windows PCs more like mobile phones, using eSIMs to offer connectivity from any computer. Customers will be able to buy data directly from the Windows Store. To make the new devices possible, Microsoft is opening up Windows 10 to ARM architecture through a partnership with Qualcomm. Hardware partners will be able to build a range of new Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs that run x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and Windows games. The new devices are expected to be in market as early as next year.

(Telecompaper) Smartwatch maker Pebble has abandoned the business and sold much of its assets to rival Fitbit. The company has shipped over 2 million pebbles to date and run the business based on crowdfunding. Pebble said the decision was "due to various factors" and said it would refund any Kickstarter backers who had not received products yet. Its devices will be supported for a limited time yet. Fitbit acquires much of the key personnel and intellectual property related to Pebble's software and firmware development. The acquisition does not include the company's hardware products. The assets are expected to help Fitbit with developing cross-platform devices, which work across multiple smartphone OS, as well as more third-party apps for its wearable devices. No financial details of the takeover were disclosed.

(Telecompaper) Japanese operator KDDI has completed a share transfer agreement under which it will acquire all of the shares of Biglobe from the Japan Industrial Partners No. 4 Investment Project, which is managed, operated, and has information provided by Japan Industrial Partners and others. KDDI plans to acquire the shares for the total amount of around JPY 80 billion around the end of January 2017. Following the completion of the acquisition, Biglobe will become a KDDI subsidiary.

(Telecompaper) Sony has announced the first games from its Playstation franchise to be launched for smartphones. Part of the ForwardWorks company established earlier this year to expand the Playstation world to mobile devices, the new games will launch from spring next year in Japan, for both iOS and Android devices. At a press conference in Tokyo, Sony said it's working on mobile versions of popular PlayStation games such as 'Everybody golfs,' 'Wild Arms', 'Arc the Lad', 'What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?' and 'Parappa the Rapper'. It's also working with other game developers such as Square Enix on new titles. The games were unveiled along with a new system of connected game cards that can link with a tablet or phone.

(Telecompaper) The European Commission has approved Microsoft's takeover of LinkedIn with conditions aimed at preserving competition between professional social networks in Europe. The Commission was concerned that Microsoft would use Windows strong position in the computer and software market to bolster LinkedIn's presence, for example by pre-installing it on PCs or integrating the social network with Office or Microsoft's CRM software. As a result it imposed conditions that Microsoft does not oblige PC manufacturers to install LinkedIn and users would be free to remove it if it was installed, and that the company ensures competing professional social networks can maintain current levels of interoperability with Office through the so-called Office add-in program and APIs. The commitments will apply in the EEA region for five years.


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.

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