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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) 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 This will enable 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.

(Telecompaper) Italian communications regulator Agcom has ordered operators to stop charging fixed telephony customers on a 28-day rather than on a monthly basis. In a decision taken following a meeting of the watchdog's board on 15 March, Agcom said Vodafone and Wind must abolish the 28-day fixed-line, DSL or fibre-optic bills they have already introduced, while Telecom Italia and Fastweb must block their recently-announced plans to do the same. Operators have been given 90 days to adapt to the ruling, which was taken to guarantee "the effective protection of users in view of problems encountered in terms of transparency and comparability of information… as well as control of consumption," said Agcom. However, industry association Asstel reacted to the watchdog's decision by claiming it had no legal basis for such an intervention

(Telecompaper) UK communications regulator Ofcom said it fined BT GBP 42 million for paying its wholesale customers inadequate compensation for late delivery of broadband lines. The company must also compensate the companies affected, and BT estimated that this will total around GBP 300 million. Ofcom cut the fine by 30 percent after BT admitted full liability but added an additional GBP 300,000 penalty for failure to provide the watchdog with proper information throughout its investigation.

(Telecompaper) Telecom Italia (TIM) has announced that its board of directors approved a plan presented by CEO Flavio Cattaneo to set up a new company to roll out high-speed broadband in underserved "white" areas of Italy. The company will be dedicated exclusively to the selective development of new fibre infrastructure in the non-economically viable areas of the country known as clusters C and D. In a statement TIM said the plan is to create a company with a financial partner as majority shareholder, to be chosen in the coming months. It also confirmed that it will be offering wholesale connection services to all operators in a move that will see it compete with the Open Fiber wholesale-only venture of utility giant Enel.

(Telecompaper) The US Senate has voted to dismantle the FCC's broadband privacy rules. Among other things, the rules require ISPs get consumer consent before using personal data. If signed by the president, the law will repeal the FCC's broadband privacy framework, and eliminate the requirement that cable and broadband providers offer customers a choice before selling their sensitive, personal information. FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn and FTC commissioner Terrell McSweeny said in a joint statement that the move goes completely against putting the consumer first and that it will frustrate the FCC's future efforts to protect the privacy of voice and broadband customers.

(Telecompaper) SoftBank was granted an experimental license to conduct tests on the 28GHz frequency band, a candidate for 5G mobile communications in Japan. SoftBank has already started indoor and outdoor trials in Tokyo Waterfront City (Daiba District) using the 28GHz band with a view to future commercial deployment.

(Telecompaper) Italian communications regulator Agcom has announced the launch of an investigation into the Veon and 'Music by 3' apps offered by newly-merged operator Wind Tre on the grounds that they may infringe net neutrality rules. The Veon platform was launched by Wind late last year and offers an app for messaging, VoIP and a range of often zero-rated offers from the company and partners. Similarly, the 'Music by 3' app allows customers to continue streaming music from the operator's catalogue even if they have run out of data. In its decision the regulator said the apps could be regarded as discriminatory against services such as WhatsApp for messages and Spotify for music, which continue to count against mobile data bundles.

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. ©