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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 states can now collect tax from online purchases, following a ruling from the US Supreme Court, the Wall Street Journal reported. Before this, the law stated that sales tax could only by collected from sellers with a physical presence within the state's borders. It will be up to the states themselves to determine how they want to collect taxes. he ruling means people will now have to pay taxes when purchasing goods online. It will also directly affect sellers hocking their goods on Amazon.

(Telecompaper) Deutsche Telekom plans to shed around 10,000 jobs at its IT services arm T-Systems in an effort to turn the company profitable by 2020. The plans were announced by T-Systems CEO Adel Al-Saleh to staff and confirmed by the CEO to Handelsblatt. 

(Telecompaper) Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned after violating the company's policy of no fraternising between managers and employees. CFO Robert Swan takes over as interim CEO, effective immediately. At the same time, the chipmaker said it expects record results for the second quarter and full year. 

(Telecompaper) AT&T has confirmed plans to launch a new mobile offer bundling TV and music content acquired with its takeover of Time Warner. The new WatchTV app will offer streaming access to over 30 live TV channels, as well as over 15,000 on-demand movies and TV shows, and customers will also have an option to add premium services such as HBO, Starz or Amazon Music. Pricing details will be announced next week when the new plans launch. 

(Telecompaper) Norway's Competition Authority has fined Telenor NOK 788 million (EUR 83.5 million) for abusing its dominant position on the Norwegian mobile market. Competition Authority director general Lars Sorgard said the regulator concluded that Telenor created barriers for the development of a third mobile network in Norway, which is a serious infringement of competition law. Telenor said it disagrees with the fine and plans to appeal.

(Telecompaper) Altice Europe has agreed to sell a 49.99 percent stake in its French tower business and a 75 percent stake in its Portuguese tower assets for a total cash consideration of EUR 2.5 billion. The deals, which have been in the making since the beginning of the year, deliver on the group's objective to reduce debt with the disposal of non-core operations.

(Telecompaper) Telecom Italia (TIM) is open to talks with wholesale-only operator Open Fiber about merging their respective fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) assets, said the company's CEO Amos Genish in a briefing. "We are more than open ... to participate in a dialogue on such a combination," said Genish. However, according to an unnamed source cited by Reuters, TIM has already spoken about the idea to the shareholders of Open Fiber, state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and utility giant Enel. "The ball is in Open Fiber's court, we are willing to sit down with them," said the source.

(Telecompaper) Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has set a price range for its IPO in Hong Kong and lined up seven key investors to participate in the offering, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters. The shares will be sold at a price of HKD 17-22 each, and seven investors including Qualcomm and China Mobile will buy a combined 10 percent stake in the group during the IPO. 

(Telecompaper) China Mobile added 2.25 million new mobile customers in May, ending the month with a total of 901.9 million customers. China Telecom attracted 5.26 million new mobile customers for a total 276.13 million at end-May. China Unicom added 2.41 million mobile billing subscribers in the month, for a total 299.43 million at the end of May.

(Telecompaper) 21st Century Fox has agreed a new takeover offer from Disney, adding a cash element to the originally all-stock deal and beating the rival bid from Comcast. Under the amended agreement, Fox shareholders will receive USD 38 per share, in a choice of cash or stock, with a maximum 50 percent of the total price in cash for Disney. The total equity price of USD 71.3 billion tops Comcast's offer of USD 65 billion for Fox and Disney's first offer of USD 52.4 billion all in stock. 

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. ©