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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) The European Commission has approved Italy's EUR 4 billion high-speed broadband plan, describing it as "in line with EU state aid rules". The announcement comes a month after Italian infrastructure firm Infratel launched the first tenders to bring fast internet access to digital divide areas in six regions, with more promised this summer. EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the ultra-broadband plan for 2016-2022 "will help Italy to build the necessary infrastructure and contribute to creating a connected Digital Single Market in the EU". The country expects to minimise the use of state funds by encouraging bidders to use existing networks to the maximum extent possible, said the EC in a statement, adding that competition will be fostered by ensuring that the newly built infrastructure is open to all interested operators.

(Telecompaper) South Korean operator SK Telecom has signed a MoU with Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson to cooperate in the development of a 5G core network. The three partners will deploy a trial network in Korea and Germany based on 5G technologies, including NFV, SDTI (Software-Defined Telecommunications Infrastructure), distributed cloud, and network slicing. As SK Telecom in Korea and Deutsche Telekom in Germany collaborate with ecosystem, the alliance will jointly develop 5G use cases, conduct global marketing promotions, and work for potential standardization.

(Telecompaper) Hillary Clinton has unveiled her Initiative on Technology & Innovation, aimed at putting the power of technology and innovation to the use of all. The initiative will also prioritise the creation of good-paying jobs throughout the country and give social benefits such as services for seniors living at home, next-generation public safety systems, smarter transportation networks and a widely-deployed digital infrastructure for wrap-around learning at home and in schools.

(Telecompaper) Japanese operator KDDI partnered Ericsson to deploy its Ericsson Device Connection Platform (DCP) cloud-based IoT platform. The partnership is meant to provide enhanced connectivity services to KDDI's enterprise customers and support the deployment of IoT products on a global scale. DCP will enable KDDI to offer enterprises IoT connectivity management, subscription management, network connectivity administration and flexible billing services. With DCP, enterprises will be able to deploy, manage and scale IoT connected devices and applications globally. DCP enables customers to capitalise on the global growth of connected devices by offering multinational connectivity, Ericsson said.

(Telecompaper) South Korean mobile messenger service operator Kakao has announced that its mobile payment platform dubbed 'Kakao Pay' has exceeded 10 million users, 19 months after its launch on the local market. Officially launched in September 2014, the Kakao Pay platform enables users to pre-register their credit and debit cards, and make transactions by typing in their passwords.

(Telecompaper) Telefonica has pulled out of plans to sell O2 UK, consolidating the unit back into its financial statements and no longer presenting it as discontinued operations, according to a filing submitted to Spanish markets regulator CNMV. The announcement comes after the European Commission earlier blocked Telefonica's GBP 10.3 billion sale of O2 to CK Hutchison due to competition concerns. However, Telefonica added that it "continues to explore different strategic alternatives for O2 UK, to be implemented when market conditions are right".

(Telecompaper) Australian operator Vocus is continuing its expansion with the acquisition of Nextgen Group's networks business for up to AUD 807 million. The company will acquire the North West Cable system and the other 50 percent held by Nextgen in the planned Australia Singapore Cable. The deal includes Nextgen's 17,000km national fibre network, the almostā€completed subsea Port Hedland to Darwin cable and the proposed Perth to Singapore subsea cable. Nextgen will continue to own its data centre business, Metronode, which operates as a separate entity.

(Telecompaper) Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC) and parent company America Movil have agreed to pay USD 1.1 million to settle a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigation into foreign ownership levels. In a statement the FCC said stock purchases of America Movil by its owner Carlos Slim and his family "repeatedly exceeded the foreign ownership levels approved by the Commission". The companies have each agreed to adopt compliance plans to prevent future stock purchases by the Slim family that would exceed foreign ownership limits without first receiving the agency's review and approval.

(Telecompaper) Sony has trimmed a number of its mid-term targets, for its mobile and components activities, while forecasting a stronger performance from the Playstation business. Following a corporate strategy meeting on its outlook to March 2018, the company said it still targets an annual operating profit over JPY 500 billion and a return on equity of at least 10 percent by the end of the three-year plan first announced in February. The Game and Network Services segment will be the biggest growth driver of its mid-range plan, building on the over 40 million Playstation 4 consoles sold and the upcoming launch of a PlayStation virtual reality system in October. Sony also expects growth from its Pictures and Music divisions, but has significantly downgraded its hopes for the camera components segment, due to the slowdown in the smartphone market. Sony also cut the outlook again for its own smartphone unit.

(Telecompaper) Cisco announced its intent to acquire CloudLock, a privately held cloud security company based in Massachusetts, for USD 293 million. CloudLock specializes in cloud access security broker (CASB) technology that provides enterprises with visibility and analytics around user behavior and sensitive data in cloud services, including SaaS, IaaS and PaaS. The acquisition will further enhance Cisco's security portfolio and build on Cisco's Security Everywhere strategy, designed to provide protection from the cloud to the network to the endpoint, the company said. The purchase price includes assumed equity awards, plus additional retention-based incentives for CloudLock employees who join Cisco. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of October.

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. ©