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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) US regional fixed operators Consolidated Communications and FairPoint Communications have agreed a merger in an all-stock deal worth USD 1.5 billion including debt. Conolidated is offering 0.73 of its shares for each FairPoint share, equal to a premium of 17.3 percent to the 30-day average share price. After closing, Consolidated's shareholders will own 71.3 percent of the combined company and FairPoint's shareholders 28.7 percent. The deal expands Consolidated's presence in New England and the Midwest. North Carolina-based Fairpoint provides fixed-line services in 17 states, mainly in the northern New England but also in parts of the Rust belt. The two operators are roughly equal in terms of revenues, with a pro forma turnover together of USD 1.5 billion in the year to September. Fairpoint's lower leverage will help improve Consolidated's balance sheet.

(Telecompaper) Tele Columbus, Germany's third-largest cable operator, announced it will launch a hybrid TV service from 16 January, combining both linear TV channels and online, on-demand content. Premium TV customers will be able to subscribe to a range of free-to-air and pay-TV channels, watch the latest films from the advanceTV video library as well as subscribe to and access the VoD service Maxdome over the new set-top box.

(Telecompaper) The Hungarian regulator has ordered Magyar Telekom to stop offering free mobile data traffic for an online video plan, in one of the first cases applying the EU's new net neutrality rules. The ruling covers the Hungarian operator's 'Korlátlan TV és Film' (Unlimited TV and Film) option, which gives unlimited access to its TV Go service and HBO Go without the traffic being deducted from the customer's plan or any slowdown in speed after using up the data plan. The regulator NMHH said this was unlawful discrimination against other internet video services, which did not benefit from the same treatment, and as this is a service delivered over the open internet, and not a managed video service, Magyar Telekom was in violation of the EU's net neutrality rules. The regulator did not impose a sanction, only ordering the operator to stop offering the plan. Magyar Telekom may still appeal the decision.

(Telecompaper) The IoT network developer Sigfox plans to list on the stock market in 2018, the Financial Times reports. In an interview with the paper, CEO Ludovic Le Moan said the company "made EUR 12 million last year, over EUR 30 million this year and our goal is to cross EUR 100 million in 2018 and go public". The company's recent fundraising round of EUR 150 million is expected to be the last before the IPO, he added. Sigfox's infrastructure is available in 26 countries, with plans to expand to 60 in the next 18 months. It earns money by charging network operators a fee for use of its hardware as well a sharing part of the revenue for every device connected to the network.

(Telecompaper) The EU telecom ministers have approved new caps on wholesale roaming prices higher than those earlier agreed by a European Parliamentary committee . The Council of Ministers set the rates at EUR 0.0353 cent per minute, EUR 0.01 per SMS and EUR 0.01 per MB from June 2017, when all roaming retail surcharges will end in the EU. The data rate will fall on a glide path to EUR 0.005 per MB in June 2021, and all the rates would be evaluated in two years by the European Commission. The amounts approved by the Council are higher than the current wholesale data rate of EUR 0.0085 and a cap of EUR 4 per GB, dropping to EUR 1 per GB in 2020 approved by the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Once the full parliament approves its position, it must enter into negotiations with the Council to reach a final position.

(Telecompaper) The Dutch TV revenues have grown during the third quarter driven by price increases from Ziggo and KPN in July 2016. The revenues grew by 5.8 percent during the third quarter to EUR 485 million, according to Telecompaper's Dutch Television Market 2016-Q3 report. Ziggo's TV revenues grew by more than 8 percent during the quarter to slightly more than EUR 285 million and KPN saw its TV revenues grow by almost 4 percent. Despite the revenue growth, KPN's marketshare dropped by 0.4 percentage points to less than 25 percent, while Ziggo's market share grew to more than 59 percent. The number of TV connections decreased by 0.2 percent during the third quarter to reach 7.8 million on 30 September. Digital TV is used by 90.3 percent of all connections as the quarterly growth was driven by IPTV via fibre and DSL. This was enough to off-set the decrease of digital cable TV, Digitenne and satellite TV.

(Telecompaper) China Unicom Global has launched its overseas mobile virtual network operator service dubbed 'CUniq' in the UK. The operator has also unveiled a one-card-multiple-number service. Customers can purchase a SIM abroad and stay connected with UK, Hong Kong and mainland China numbers. The UK launch expands China Unicom's MVNO business from Asia-Pacific region to Europe.

(Telecompaper) Indian operator Reliance Jio Infocomm has announced it has passed the milestone of 50 million subscribers in just 83 days from the launch of its mobile services on 5 September 2016. The operator says its average rate of customer addition stood at 600,000 subscribers per day in the period.

(Telecompaper) The Dutch mobile services market showed small signs of improvement in the third quarter, with revenues down 4.4 percent on an annual basis and up 3.5 percent from Q2. The four network operators generated service revenue of EUR 1.2 billion, according to the latest research from Telecompaper. T-Mobile and Vodafone led the drop in sales and lost market share to KPN and Tele2.

(Telecompaper) Microsoft has completed the sale of the former Nokia feature phone business to FIH Mobile and HMD Global, the new company set up to develop Nokia-branded mobile phones. Nokia confirmed that the agreement to grant the new company rights to the Nokia brand and intellectual property for ten years has come into force, meaning Microsoft will no longer be able to offer Nokia phones. In addition to continuing the feature phones, HMD plans to develop smartphones and tablets under the Nokia name. HMD said the first smartphones are expected to launch in the first half of 2017.

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. ©