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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) Samsung has unveiled in New York its latest flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. They will be available from 21 April for respectively EUR 799 and EUR 899.

(Telecompaper) Qualcomm is replacing its CTO. James H. Thompson, currently executive vice president of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, is taking on the additional title of CTO, replacing Matt Grob. Grob, who served as CTO for nearly six years, will continue as executive vice president of technology at Qualcomm Technologies, reporting still to CEO Steve Mollenkopf. In addition to leading QCT engineering, as CTO, Thompson will align the companywide technical and product roadmaps across all business areas. He also will have oversight of Corporate R&D and Corporate Engineering, ensuring all research and development activities are coordinated across the company.

(Telecompaper) Movistar Argentina (Telefonica) announced successful tests of 4G technology using low-altitude balloons deployed in San Jose de Balcarce in the Buenos Aires province. The special balloons carry equipment similar to an LTE base station, with the same capacity, and can be quickly deployed in emergency situations by just three people, said the operator in a statement. The initial trials proved that the balloons can remain at a height of 40 meters for five days but need to be pumped up with helium on the third day.

(Telecompaper) EU regulator Berec has published guidelines for national regulators and consumers on how the new roaming regulations will apply from 15 June. From that date, operators can no longer apply surcharges for roaming and must allow customers to use their existing monthly bundles or pay the same rates as at home for roaming in the EU. Nevertheless, the regulation does allow for some exceptions. Fair-use rules developed by the European Commission allow operators to levy extra charges if they find customers are consuming more while roaming than at home over a period of four months. Operators may also apply for a derogation from the rules if they can show they are losing money on 'roam like home'.

(Telecompaper) Chinese internet company Tencent has paid USD 1.8 billion for a 5 percent stake in Tesla, a published filing has shown. The buy is Tencent's second major US investment after Snap and the second electric vehicle manufacturer in which Tencent has acquired a stake, Recode noted. It led an USD 86 million round in Nio, previously known as NextEV, along with Baidu earlier this month.

(Telecompaper) Google Home and Google Wifi will make their debut outside the US on 6 April, when both products are launched in the UK. Home, a hands-free smart speaker, and Wifi, a mini wireless router designed to optimize connectivity throughout the home, will be available from the company's own online store and certain retailers, both starting at GBP 129.

(Telecompaper) Bharti Airtel announced it has sold a 10.3 percent stake in its towers arm Infratel to investors KKR and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for INR 61.93 billion (USD 952 million). The sale was concluded at a share price of USD 325, a small premium to Infratel's price before the announcement. Bharti Airtel will primarily use the proceeds from this sale to reduce its debt. Following the closure of this transaction, Bharti Airtel's equity holding in Bharti Infratel stands at 61.7 percent.

(Telecompaper) Amazon announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Middle East-based online retailer Souq.com. This will enable Souq.com to continue growing while working with Amazon to bring more products and offerings to customers worldwide.

(Telecompaper) Samsung Electronics announced that it may offer a refurbished version of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. In an announcement of how it plans to recycle the recalled phone, Samsung said it's consulting with regulatory authorities and carriers and assessing local demand for offering a refurbished version of the phone. Release dates and markets will be announced later. Note 7s that can't be resold will be salvaged for components such as semiconductors and camera modules and any precious metals extracted for re-use. Samsung also said that as part of a commitment to recycling, the company plans to join the EU's R&D and test efforts to develop new eco-friendly processing methods.

(Telecompaper) Ericsson has presented a new, more focused business strategy, saying it wants to simplify the organisation and name a new executive team. CEO Borje Ekholm said the announcement comes after a strategy review, which showed that the group strategy was just not yielding expected returns. The company now wants to move "with speed" it restore profitability as a priority, while revitalizing its technology and market leadership, with the focus going to the development of market-leading systems using 5G, IoT and the cloud. Ekholm expects the new strategy to yield "significant improvements" already in 2018 and to at least double the 2016 group operating margin, excluding restructuring charges. These charges, for this year, will come out at SEK 6-8 billion, including SEK 2 billion in the first quarter.


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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