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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) Roku is introducing new entry-level and high-end streaming players, expanding its range of TV dongles. The Roku Express for USD 29.99 is available now for pre-order at major US and Canadian retailers and will be in shops from 09 October. The Roku Express is the company's tiniest player yet, and comes with 1080p HD, an HDMI port and 802.11n Wi-Fi. For the high-end of the market, the Roku Premiere offers streaming in 4K Ultra HD at up to 60 frames per second, support for HDR picture quality, dual-band Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, Ethernet port and a faster quad-core processor. In addition, it comes with a 'point anywhere' remote with a headphone jack for private listening. The Roku Premiere will sell for USD 79.99. Rounding out the line is the fully-loaded Roku Ultra, which also includes support for Dolby Digital Plus decode, optical digital audio port, USB port, voice search and lost remote finder. The Roku Ultra costs USD 129.99.

(Telecompaper) Switzerland's Federal Council has approved plans for a major reform of the Telecommunications Act, including measures such as imposing net neutrality and forcing dominant operators to open up fibre networks to competition. Following a public consultation that received 151 responses, the Council said it asked the federal communications department to develop the new legislation by September 2016. Proposals include increased consumer protection in areas like unsolicited marketing and measures to block online child pornography. In addition, Switzerland plans to develop its own net neutrality principles, further lower roaming charges and introduce the power to require dominant operators to open their networks to other providers. At the same time, the government wants to reduce the administrative burden for telecom providers, relax the rules on spectrum usage and improve access to buildings for network infrastructure.

(Telecompaper) Twitter has received expressions of interest from a number of technology and media companies and could receive a bid by the end of the year, CNBC reported, saying the news sent shares soaring over 20 percent on 23 September. Potential suitors include Google and Salesforce.com, amongst others. Sources said the company could sell for around USD 26 per share, about USD 3.50 higher than the close. Other reports put a total bid at USD 18-30 billion, Recode reported.

(Telecompaper) Snapchat said it will soon introduce Spectables, sunglasses with an integrated camera. The new device will come in three colours and connect directly to Snapchat via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. It will be able to transfer Snapchat messages directly into the app with a new circular video format. The company explained that circular video plays full screen on any device, in any orientation, and captures the human perspective with a 115 degree field of view. A limited number of Spectables will become available this fall for USD 129.99.

(Telecompaper) BT is in talks to acquire the TV platform YouView, The Daily Telegraph reports. BT uses the platform to underpin its own TV service, as do other ISPs such as TalkTalk. Bids are thought to have reached GBP 60 million, after starting at GBP 20 million, the report said. YouView started as a joint venture between the BBC, ITV, BT, Channel 4, TalkTalk, Arqiva and Channel 5 (Five). The platform was designed to be the next step after the DTT service Freeview. BT would like to acquire Youview in order to develop it further, but TalkTalk is concerned about losing any say over its TV service. According to The Telegraph, most of YouView's shareholders are interested in selling, while the BBC and TalkTalk are most concerned about the price and conditions.

(Telecompaper) Egypt may offer 4G mobile-phone licenses to international telecommunications companies, National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) head Mustafa Abdul Wahid said after the three local operators rejected the government's terms, reports Bloomberg. Abdul Wahid said the NTRA will present its board options for offering the new licenses on 10 October, confirming that all three local operators had rejected the licenses. Arabiya TV also cited Telecommunications Minister Yasser El Qady as saying the new licenses would be offered under terms different from those presented to domestic operators.

(Telecompaper) BT will launch its biggest ever marketing campaign to promote its rapidly growing BT TV IPTV service. Adverts will appear across TV, outdoor, radio, digital and social media highlighting the features, benefits and great value of the BT TV service. Launching on 24 September, the TV ads are set to the well-known music track, "Hey Ya!" by OutKast, and demonstrate the strength of amazing content and personalities viewers can enjoy on BT TV, ranging from Premier League football on BT Sport, to brand new US drama "Into the badlands" on AMC, exclusively from BT.

(Telecompaper) The share of Dutch households with triple- or quad-play telecom subscriptions continues to grow, reaching 65 percent in the second quarter of 2016 compared to 61 percent a year earlier. Quad-play shows the biggest growth, up 4 percentage points over the past year, and especially KPN and Telfort have been successful in attracting quad-play subscribers, according to Telecompaper's latest 'Triple Play Insights' report.

(Telecompaper) Novatel Wireless has agreed to sell its mobile broadband operations, including its MiFi branded hotspots and USB modem lines, to Hong Kong's TCL for USD 50 million in cash. The deal is subject to the usual regulatory approvals, as well as the approval of Novatel stockholders and convertible noteholders. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year. Novatel will now put its attention on creating a new public holding company and a new operating structure. The company is currently considering several names and logos to be adopted by the new company going forward.

(Telecompaper) Orange Egypt said it has decided not to apply for a 4G service licence due to the terms and conditions of the proposed licence.


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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